Stargazing is a daily assortment of Dallas Stars news, as well as a look at what's happening around the Pacific division and the rest of the NHL. Stargazing will run on Mondays and Thursdays, becoming a daily feature once the preseason begins.
Stars News and Notes:
It might be the dead of summer for the NHL, but the Dallas Stars are managing to keep themselves and their players in the news quite nicely as of late. This morning, NBC brings you a story that goes beyond hockey or the NHL. Trevor Daley and the Dallas Stars foundation made a real difference in a Stars fan's and his newborn baby girl's life, after his girlfriend attempted to abandon the child shortly after giving birth to it:
Bynum was moved to tears as Daley presented him with diapers, baby wipes, and baby Stars outfits. On behalf of The Dallas Stars Foundation, Daley presented Bynum with a $2500 check to start a college fund for baby Rhiannon and matched the amount with his own money.
Bynum, who works as an Elvis impersonator, is a big fan of the team and has his home decorated with Stars memorabilia.
Meanwhile, Craig Custance of Sportingnews.com says that AFTER the Kings, the Stars have the second best chance of making the playoffs next season (among teams that didn't make it last year)
2. Dallas Stars: Last season: 36-35-11 (83 points). Key additions: None. Playoff prospects: Good. Goalie Marty Turco will have a better season, which immediately lifts the Stars. But instability in ownership is never good and it appears the Stars are on more of a budget than they have been in the past. Getting and keeping Brenden Morrow healthy is absolutely crucial to this team.
At least he didn't mention Sean Avery.
Long, long time Stars assistant coach Rick Wilson is moving on, signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning:
Rick Wilson's first game as the Lightning's associate coach will be in Dallas against the Stars, with whom he spent the past 16 seasons as an assistant.
"It probably will be unusual," Wilson said of the Sept. 16 preseason opener. "But I know one thing, I'm going to quickly dive into my new team. Not to say I don't appreciate everything the past afforded me, but this is about moving forward from here on; new direction, new team, new players. I'm excited."
We wish Rick a lot of luck (particularly in Tampa) and know that he will be missed around the rink in Dallas.
Dallasstars.com has a nice piece on Stars prospect Philip Larsen, a 19 year old defenseman from Denmark:
"I think our plan long-term is, he’s going to come to training camp and participate in some games and then we’ll decide," said Les Jackson, the Stars’ Director of Scouting and Player Development. "Our plan long-term when we signed him was to give him some experience at training camp and then let him play another year with Frolunda in the Swedish League, then we’d bring him to North America."
"I’m trying to get a spot here in Dallas, and if I don’t, I’ll probably go back to Europe," confirmed Larsen, who was in town a couple of weeks ago at Frisco’s Dr Pepper Arena to participate in the Stars’ informal conditioning camp for a small gathering of prospects.
Sweden has released a preliminary list of players under consideration for their Olympic team, including four Stars. Thanks to Andrew's Stars Page for the tip:
Swedish hockey has released a preliminary list of players under consideration for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and four Dallas Stars are on it. Those players are defenseman Niklas Grossman and forwards Fabian Brunnstrom, Loui Eriksson and Tom Wandell.
More Stars notes:
- Also on Andrew's Page, an excellent look at the Stars top 12 prospects
- The Stars quietly updated the design of the official team site yesterday. We approve.
- The Hockey News ranks American born players. Read on to see where Mike Modano ranks
- Mike Heika profiles Karlis Skrastins
Also, in case you missed it, here at Defending Big D we had an excellent round table discussion this week with Bob Sturm (KTCK 1310 The Ticket), Mike Heika (Dallas Morning News) and Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Yahoo Sports) about the merits of the "new media", the role of blogs, and the challenges facing the newspaper business and more traditional media outlets in the face of worsening economic conditions.
SB Nation NHL Redraft:
If you've been following along in SB Nation's hypothetical NHL re-draft, we'd like to remind you that those posts have been moved to the FanPosts section of the site. We grabbed Evgeni Malkin in round one; Head on over here and help us figure out which way to go next.
Around the Pacific:
- The NHL has approved the only bid that keeps the Coyotes in Phoenix, and Puck Daddy says they didn't exactly hide their intentions (or cheer leading very well)
- Nokelainen agrees to a one year extension with the Ducks
Ryan Getzlaf had a successful operation to fix
chronic smug-facean aggravated hernia injury.
- Upshall will stay with the Coyotes for another season.
Around the NHL:
- Also at Yahoo Sports/Puck Daddy, fun with a jersey generator sure to offend your senses
- Crosby will celebrate his 22nd birthday (what were you doing when you turned 22?) with the Cup in his home town. And for a reminder of how much fun winning the cup is, take a look at the ridiculously fun summer the boys at The Pens Blog are having.
- Minnesota Wild sign goaltender Harding to a one year deal
We're starting to hear more and more about advertisements on uniforms in the NBA/NHL. I'm sure we'll have some hot sports opinions on this if/when it develops.