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Today, We Mourn

Today, We Mourn

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/ It’s not the time to talk about sports. Our hearts are broken. We’re seeing the faces of some of the children killed in the Uvalde shooting I’m gonna tell you about the victims in this thread.This is 4th grader Xavier Lopez. His mom was@ his awards ceremony 2 hrs before shooting,not knowing it would be the last time she’d see him. @wfaa pic.twitter.com/9ndFCWxEmn— Adriana De Alba (@adealbaWFAA) May 25, 2022 There aren’t any words to describe the inexplicable decision a person made to take a gun and murder children in an elementary...
May 23, 2022
Stargazing, Episode 174: Rebuild Or Reload?

Stargazing, Episode 174: Rebuild Or Reload?

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports What’s next for the Stars now that the Rick Bowness era is over? Wes, Taylor and Mark read the signs. The Dallas Stars went home way too early from the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, and now they’re cleaning house. With most of the coaching staff now clearing out their lockers, what’s next for the Victory Green Gang? Wes, Taylor and Mark read the litmus test of the Rick Bowness era, as well as the tea leaves for the next bench crew. In this episode: How surprised should we be? Where will the Stars look for the next sheriff in town?...
May 23, 2022
Monday Links: The Coaching Search

Monday Links: The Coaching Search

Photo by RvS.Media/Monika Majer/ Will the Stars go with an known NHL commodity like Barry Trotz or Peter DeBoer? Or will they take a swing on someone like Rikard Gronborg? Plus, NHL playoff updates, goalie talk, and more. With Rick Bowness out, Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill is set to hire his fifth head coach. So who’s on the watchlist? There are several recently fired NHL coaches who might fit the bill. Barry Trotz is considered to be the top prize, but there are interesting options available, such as Peter DeBoer: [Jesse] Granger said: “...Offensively,...
May 20, 2022
Rick Bowness Stepping Aside As Dallas Stars Coach

Rick Bowness Stepping Aside As Dallas Stars Coach

Assistant Coaches Derek Laxdal, John Stevens, and Todd Nelson also let go. The Dallas Stars announced that coach Rick Bowness will be stepping aside, effective immediately. His contract was set to expire at the end of this season, which by league standards is roughly June 30th (or after the Stanley Cup Final is done). “I’d like to thank all the passionate fans and the dedicated staff for their support and hard work in my time here,” Bowness said in the Stars’ press release. “It has been an honor for me, and my family, to represent the Stars and the city of...
May 20, 2022
Friday Links: The Bowness Question

Friday Links: The Bowness Question

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Will the Stars’ head coach be back next season or not? Plus, Stanley Cup playoff updates, news in the world of women’s hockey, and more. There’s arguably no bigger storyline this Dallas Stars offseason than what the team will do with Rick Bowness. The head coach’s contract has expired, and now general manager Jim Nill has to decide on what the future holds for their coaching staff. As a whole, the team seems to view this season as a success, despite the first round exit: “He’s handled it, done a great job, the players respect...
May 18, 2022
Wednesday Links: The Klingberg Quandary

Wednesday Links: The Klingberg Quandary

Photo by Derek Leung/ Will he stay or will he go? Plus, what comes next for the Stars, the second round begins, and more. The time is finally here: the Dalas Stars have to make a decision on John Klingberg’s UFA status. Okay, they don’t have to decide right now. But they do before July 1st, and what general manager Jim Nill chooses to do will have a lasting impact on the franchise: “John has an opportunity to be a free agent, and I don’t blame him,” Nill said... “He’ll see what the market is, and we’ll see what the market is, and get a feel for that and...
May 16, 2022
Afterwords: The End and the Beginning

Afterwords: The End and the Beginning

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Jake Oettinger’s legendary performance was not enough to push Dallas past Calgary, and now the offseason looms... As I mentioned in my piece for Game 5, I wasn’t able to watch Game 6 until Sunday. In fact, I ended up watching it right before Game 7, using it as a “warm up” of sorts, a way to hype me up heading into the game. I knew the final score — my efforts to remain unspoiled until I could watch it were in vein — but I didn’t know how it happened. And so I watched with marvel at the Dallas Stars seemingly take what I...
May 16, 2022
Monday Links: Heartbreak

Monday Links: Heartbreak

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports Despite their best efforts, the Stars’ season is over after a Game 7 OT loss to Calgary. Plus, showering Jake Oettinger with praise, taking a look at the second round, and more. The Dallas Stars were one goal away from pulling off the upset over the Calgary Flames. Instead, the team lost 3-2 in overtime, finishing their season, leaving the team heartbroken: “Everyone played their hearts out,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “As a coach, that’s all you can ask. Your players give you everything they’ve got, and I’m proud of the...
May 16, 2022
Stars squander another brilliant performance from Oettinger in Game 7 OT loss in Calgary

Stars squander another brilliant performance from Oettinger in Game 7 OT loss in Calgary

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Stars exit the first round after a 3-2 loss in overtime in Game 7. To say Jake Oettinger has been amazing in this first round series against the Calgary Flames would be a tremendous understatement. He’s been the best player on the ice for the Dallas Stars. Heck, I’d argue that he’s been the best player on the ice, period. Game six is the only game in which Dallas has outshot the Flames. And yet, here we are in a game seven. Why? Because of Oettinger. And the Stars would need him to be brilliant again. That he was. Look no further...
May 15, 2022
GAME DAY THREAD: Stars @ Flames (8:30 PM CT) - Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1, Game 7

GAME DAY THREAD: Stars @ Flames (8:30 PM CT) - Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1, Game 7

Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via The Stars return to the Saddledome to play for the whole enchilada. GAME DAY: Dallas Stars @ Calgary FlamesLOCATION: Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary, AB)PUCK DROP: 8:30 PM CTTV: Bally Sports Southwest / ESPN2 RADIO: 1310 AM / 96.7 FM The Ticket
May 14, 2022
Stars Take Game 6: They’re Not Going Home!

Stars Take Game 6: They’re Not Going Home!

Photo by Cooper Neill/ Stars played a complete 60-minute game in Game 6 to force a Game 7. Let’s have some fun.  Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? The Dallas Stars stave off elimination by beating the Calgary Flames 4-2 in game 6. We are headed to a game 7. The Stars, after initially going up 2-0, had to fight to break a 2-2 tie, and then they capped it off with an empty net goal to seal the victory. Truth be told, this was one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen the Stars play all season. Not just because this was the highest scoring game of this series,...
May 13, 2022
GAME DAY THREAD: Stars vs. Flames (8:30 PM CT) - Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1, Game 6

GAME DAY THREAD: Stars vs. Flames (8:30 PM CT) - Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1, Game 6

Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Win-or-stay-home time. GAME DAY: Dallas Stars vs. Calgary FlamesLOCATION: American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)PUCK DROP: 8:30 PM CTTV: Bally Sports Southwest / TNT RADIO: 1310 AM / 96.7 FM The Ticket
May 13, 2022
Friday Links: Let Us Now Praise Joe Pavelski

Friday Links: Let Us Now Praise Joe Pavelski

Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire via Like a fine wine, Captain America has gotten better with age. Plus, meet the Hart Trophy finalists, the #IIHFWorlds begin, and more. Joseph James Pavelski wasn’t supposed to become an international superhero of hockey. As the 207th pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, he might have been able to count himself lucky to make the show at all. But he’s called true believers to his side from the beginning, and he’s exceeded expectations even as they’ve grown exponentially. The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf devoted his latest article to...
May 12, 2022
Afterwords: That’s A Kick To The Plums

Afterwords: That’s A Kick To The Plums

Photo by Derek Leung/ Did the Stars collapse in the third period last night? Or was it the expected result of the team’s lead-defending strategy? I am a rather pessimistic person when it comes to sports. I try very hard not to be — whenever I see something positive, I latch onto it, using it as something to get excited about. Sometimes, I’ll even psyche myself into things I don’t actually believe, such as with my first round prediction for the Dallas Stars. It may seem silly, but sports are entertainment, and being miserable and about it is no way to have...
May 12, 2022
Thursday Links: 40, Not 60

Thursday Links: 40, Not 60

Photo by Derek Leung/ The Stars put forth a 40 minute effort last night, but that clearly was not enough. Plus, playoff updates, a mock draft, and more. Heading into last night, whichever team scored first between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames went on to win the game. But thanks to a late game collapse by the Stars, that streak was broken in Game 5: “They took it to another level, and we didn’t handle it very well,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “We stayed with them for two periods, obviously. They cranked it up in the third period... they went up...