Last season the Stars were one of best teams in the league, with the best record in the Western Conference. This season has been one of mediocrity: only linking 2 wins together twice this season a 2-10 overtime record and poor special team play. Most of this has has to fall back on Coach Lindy Ruff’s lap
I think about my job every day,'' Ruff said after Thursday's win. "I'm not happy with the job I've done. We can talk about chances, but at the same time, you've got to win games in this league.''
Ruff is in the last season of his contract and one would think if the Stars miss the playoffs or go out in the 1st round that his contract wouldn’t be renewed.
“I think of ways to improve. I look at the special teams. That’s on me. Improving special teams. I don’t like where our penalty killing is at. we’ve worked on trying to change that. I am not happy with the job I’ve done. I understand we’ve gone through a lot of injuries, a lot of players shuffling around, but I assess my job everyday.”
Mike Heika has the rest of the story. (DMN)
It is All-Star weekend and the Stars lone representative Tyler Seguin is looking forward to playing in his 4th All-Star game.
"It's great. It's always a fun weekend," Seguin said. "It's an opportunity to meet other players in the league that you might not like on the ice but off the ice turn out to be pretty good guys. We're all pretty much the same. I've never not had a good time at one of these events, so I am looking forward to it."
Seguin will be taking part in the Skills Challenge Relay in the Puck Control portion and 4 Line Challenge. (Stars Inside Edge)
In the game Thursday night with the Sabres there was a lengthy review of a potential tying goal for the Sabers. The puck clearly went into the net but when exactly did the whistle blow to call the play dead could not be determined. (Buffalo News)
After a slow start to season Stars 2016 1st round pick Riley Tufte now has goals (5 overall) in 3 straight weekends for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
Another Stars collegiate prospect is Rhett Gardner is in his sophomore season with the University of North Dakota. Last season Gardner helped the Fighting Hawks win a national championship. Get to know him. (Grand Forks Tribune)
Texas got an early goal from captain Travis Morin for an early lead. Poor defensive play and penalty killing doomed the Stars in a 6-3 loss to the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton). It was the Stars 3rd loss in a row. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)
Need a guide for the All-Star Weekend? (On the Forecheck)
Tampa Bay and Montreal made a trade yesterday. The Lightning shipped Nikita Nesterov to the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round draft pick. (Fanrag Sports)
The NHL announced the remaining 67 players in their top 100 greatest players of all time during the NHL Centennial Celebration. Earlier they announced 33 players that had played prior to 1966. (NBC Sports)
As with any list of great players there will always be discussions about players that should have made the list. Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin is one of those players that was not on the list. Malkin and other snubs are here. (NBCSN)