We had a FanShot on this Monday when the news broke, but I thought the front-office moves the Dallas Stars made this week deserved some further discussion.
The three people who were let go this week are Chief Financial Officer Robert Hutson, Assistant Vice President, Communications Rob Scichili and Senior Director of Game Entertainment and Events Jon Adams while Geoff Moore and Collin Faulkner, who were involved with sales and marketing, left during the great ownership crisis. Recent additions to the front office include Executive Vice President, Corporate Development Brad Alberts, Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Development Jason Farris and Executive Vice President Chief Marketing Officer Mike McCall.
Stars president Jim Lites said he is responsible for the moves and the replacements.
Lites said the new people are going to look to anything that will enhance relations with ticket buyers, with the media, and with general fans. He said that in addition to changes behind the scenes that might be more subtle, the new team also will look at changes in event presentation, in uniforms, and in marketing.
``In a lot of ways, this is a fresh start,'' said Lites, who served as team president from 1993-2007 when he was fired by former owner Tom Hicks. ``It's different than when I first got here, but it's also very similar. There is a strong base here and a strong history here, and that's a very good thing. But we have to be willing to look at every aspect of how this team interacts with the public, and we have to be willing to make changes that will make it better for today's fans.''
It sounds like the Stars are trying to revamp game presentation again. Any suggestions on what they might try?
After the jump, a former Stars general manager is up for a league-wide award, are the Stars considering changing team colors and Loui Eriksson is shut out in the Lady Byng race.
- Doug Armstrong was not necessarily the most popular general manager in Stars history. He drew the wrath of a group of fans for his habit of trading down in the draft and being willing to use picks. Though to be fair to him, the Stars drafted and developed Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, James Neal, Trevor Daley, Mark Fistric and Nicklas Grossmann during his years at the helm. After being let go by Dallas, Armstrong joined the St. Louis Blues, who finished second in the West this season after a bad start. The turnaround and accumulation of talent has Armstrong one of three finalists for the general manager of the year award. [ESPN Dallas]
- Blues fans and St. Louis media are thrilled with the job Armstrong has done with the club and are advocating for a contract extension. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
- Also let go from the Stars but performing well this playoff season - Dave Tippett, who has coached the Phoenix Coyotes to their first series victory in team history. You can debate the merits of the end of his tenure in Dallas, but I for one am really happy to see him continue to succeed. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- One of the changes Lites mentioned while talking about the front office moves is a possible change to the team's uniform. Does that include team colors? Mike Heika talks a little bit about that possibility. [DallasNews.com]
- Behemoth prospect and Lurch look-alike Jamie Oleksiak makes an appearance on this ranking of the top 10 defensemen in the OHL. [Hockey's Future]
- I wonder if the person who wrote this blog about the kicked-in goal contreversey in the New York Rangers-Ottawa Senators game realizes that kicking motion calls don't technically fall under the realm of officiating once it goes to video review. I'm with Brenden Morrow, who is quoted in the article, about the call itself, but blame Toronto for that, not the stripes. [Eye on Hockey]
- Like I wrote on Tuesday, I understand why Brenden Shanahan has struggled this season with the consistency of the suspensions he's handed down. I would absolutely be for hiring an independent arbitrator of justice, as Pat Hickey suggests in this article, but the NHL would never go for it. [Montreal Gazette]
- Apparently those two minors at the end of the season were too much for the professional hockey writers, who left Loui Eriksson off their short list of Lady Byng candidates. Puck Daddy wants to vote for him anyway. [Puck Daddy]
- Teemu Selanne dressed up as Super Mario on a Finnish Star Wars video game advertisement? Everything about that sentence is awesome. [Backhand Shelf]
- Missing Stars hockey already? I am. And my only complaint about this highlight video of the top goals of the season is that it isn't longer.