Posts tagged ‘Mike Heika’

March 30, 2009

Tobias Stephan In Net Tonight

by Kristine

Mike Heika is reporting that Tobias Stephan will be getting the start tonight. The game is airing nationally on Versus, which – let’s face it – is a little bit scary. It’s a chance for Stephan to prove himself, and for the Stars to stop their slide. However, everyone knows that the Yotes have had our number this season. If the Stars win, it will be huge.

Heika’s report on Stephan, the defensive pairings, and the line combos for tonight’s game can be found here.

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March 22, 2009

Richards Out Indefinitely, Stars Recall Wandell

by Kristine

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the official word from Dave Tippett is that Brad Richards has a spiral fracture in a bone in his hand and is out indefinitely.

Andrew’s is reporting today that the Stars have, as expected, recalled center Tom Wandell. His season with the Swedish Elite League ended last month as his team lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The Stars haven’t announced either of these things on their official page, but I expect to see Richards placed on IR shortly.

Finally, Mike Heika has a post up about the complications that have arisen from trying to move an AHL team to Austin to become the Texas Stars.

February 10, 2009

Sean Avery is Closer to Being a Ranger Again

by Kristine

As the Sean Avery Saga continues, Mike Heika and Andrew’s report that Avery has officially been assigned to the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, the Hartford Wolf Pack. This should surprise absolutely nobody who has been keeping even a guarded eye on this story. As soon as the news that Avery was almost done with his therapy hit the internet, and Dallas placed him on waivers almost immediately after his release from treatment, rumors began circling and predictions began popping up that the Wolf Pack would be the most likely place to find him in the following weeks. Avery clearing waivers on Monday added fuel to that fire, and today hockey journalists around the country were proven right. Is the next step the same one every thinks it is? Is a Ranger homecoming in the works for Sean Avery? It does seem that way.

The official release is here.

February 6, 2009

Stephan Sent Down

by Kristine

In the world of news that surprises nobody, the Stars assigned backup goalie Tobias Stephan to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) today, as expected. Also as predicted, goalie Brent Krahn has been recalled from the Chicago Wolves, but is not expected to be in net tonight against the Rangers.

To be honest, here at SHR we wonder how going from a goalie who is widely thought to be unproven even with seven NHL games under his belt to another goalie who is unproven with no NHL games in his history is going to help our netminder situation. We have a lot of questions about it. Will Tippett be more willing to play Krahn? If so, what does he see in Krahn that he didn’t see in Stephan? Why was Stephan really never given a chance? Will the Brass be keeping an eye on Stephan’s play in the AHL, with the intention of giving him another chance in the NHL later this season or next? Is this the precursor to a trade for some depth in net? As usual with the Stars Brass this season, this decision doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

On the one hand, I’d rather Stephan get some playing time than sit on the bench game after game. On the other, I’m annoyed that he wasn’t given that opportunity with the Stars. Why switch him out for yet another backup goalie who might not ever see NHL ice? For one, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News points out that Krahn is a veteran minor league goalie but that he also has fought a knee injury throughout his career. So does his veteran status make him more trustworthy than Stephan, at least in Tippett’s eyes?

Just to be fair to both goalies, let’s look at their AHL records. During his time with the Iowa Stars, Stephan posted a .910 sv% and a 2.65 GAA, going 27-25-2. Krahn has had a quiet season, playing eight games in the AHL and recording a .910 sv% and a 2.28 GAA for a 4-3-0 record. In his 14 games with the Quad City Flames last season, he put up a .905 sv% and a 2.49 GAA to go 6-6-2. Now, I’m no goaltending expert, but those numbers seem pretty evenly matched to me. So what gives Krahn the edge over Stephan?

No matter what that edge is, I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to find out how Tippett feels about actually using this backup. Heika writes, “Marty Turco is going to be tested during this run of three games in four days – and even if he takes the full two days off next week, he has a run of four games in six days with two road trips mixed in after this little test.” If there’s ever a time to give Turco a rest and test out this new backup, it’s about to be here. As with many of the Stars Brass’s decisions this season, it will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.

The official press release can be found here.

January 19, 2009

Game Review – 1/17/09 (DAL vs LAK)

by Chelsea

Game:

After going to (and having lots of fun at) the game, I woke up the next morning with a nasty head cold. 

Dunno what that’s about, but… no review for this game. Writing on cold medicine is always a bad idea.

Video highlights: Dallas Stars 3, Los Angeles Kings 2 (SO)

Game Recap 01/17/2009: LAK 2 @ DAL 3

Stars-Kings Game Notes/Statistics

Pictures!

 

 

SHR +/-:

Stephane Robidas: two for the assist, one for leading in hits, and one for the adorableness that is his son; +4
Mike Modano: minus-one for failing at faceoffs and the resulting lack of possession his line saw; -1
Jere Lehtinen: three for the goal, two for the assist, one for style, one for leading in shots on goal, and one for finally looking like Legendary Lehtinen again;  +8
Steve Ott: two for being an awesomely effective agitator; +2
Marty Turco: minus-two for blowing what should have been a regulation win (stacking the pads instead of squaring to the shooter with plenty of time and space, really?) but two for making up for it in the shootout; +0
Darryl Sydor: two for the assist; +2
Mike Ribeiro: three for the goal, two for the assist, one for the shootout goal, and one for poking fun at Bob and Dan after the game; +7
Brad Richards: two for being really awesome at faceoffs but minus-two for being otherwise a giant turnover machine; +0 
Fabian Brunnstrom: healthy soon please?; +2

November 22, 2008

Robidas Gets An ‘A’

by Chelsea

Dave Tippett announced today that there’d be no interim captain with Morrow out. Instead, Stephane Robidas will join Sergei Zubov and Mike Modano as an alternate captain. 

Tippett said Robidas has definitely earned the right.

“He typifies how we want to be perceived as an organization…very similar to Brenden,” Tippett said.

The rest of that is here, at DMN’s Mike Heika’s blog. 

So, congrats to Robidas. We of course have felt like he deserves this since he sported the ‘A’ early in the year (possibly preseason?) when Zubov was out. For most of that time, though, Brad Richards had the ‘A’, which raises the question of why he got it for a short time but it was given to someone else for the long haul. 

Also in that article is a suggestion that Niskanen will be scratched for Doug Janik tonight.

Heika also has this, with some quotes from Morrow about his injury. 

Morrow said he needs a complete reconstruction. He said the doctors are addressing other problems in his knee and said some tendons that are normally used for reconstruction (the patellar tendon, particularly) aren’t in good shape. So he said he needs this.

He may be able to walk on the injury and go to morning skate, but clearly its not something he should even think about playing with until he’s 100%.

Which leads to this: Will Avery, Richards, Turco, and the rookies finally step up to the plate and dig this team out of its hole for Morrow’s sake? We brought in Avery for his grit and ability to force his way to the net, which Morrow had been providing. We brought in Richards as an experienced leader and team player, which we desperately need. We’ve looked to Turco to steady the ship and provide a foundation to win games on, and with the captain injured, we need some solid ground. This is also the prime opportunity for Brunnstrom and Neal to get some ice time and bring some much-needed energy. 

As far as defense goes, it’s time for Robidas, Sydor, and Zubov to reel in the newer defense and reforge the Star’s identity once again.

October 9, 2008

Final Roster!

by Chelsea

In the fourth post of the day, I bring to you, the final roster of the Dallas Stars!

We have 14 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies, and 1 LTIR. 
James Neal and Mark Fistric were not, actually, sent to minors, having made the final roster. Krys Barch, Fabian Brunnstrom, and B.J. Crombeen have all secured roster spots as well… Chris Conner did not.  Doug Janik is off rosters with a final spot. The random goaltender that appeared yesterday has just as randomly disappeared. Good riddance, I say. 

A complete roster, from the DMN blog. 

A couple more late-night links:

  • Some Stars Q&A with Mike Heika. 
  • Sean Avery targets more cogs in the NHL machine. 
  • Bob Sturm steps onto the official Stars blogging scene.