Hopes Were High for Dallas Stars
Jan22

Hopes Were High for Dallas Stars

Just before the season started, fans of the Dallas Stars saw a glimmer of hope. The team had a new GM, a new coach, and a handful of new players. There was a promise of a better season and a potential for their first playoff appearance in five years. As of Sunday though, the Stars are currently sitting in fifth place in the Central Division. I can’t speak for all Stars fans, but that is not where I was hoping they would be at this...

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Odds and Ends From the Canadiens Corner

When this column last appeared in this space, the Habs were clinging to mediocrity – players like Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais were struggling mightily. At the time, it was suggested that Habs fans keep the faith as the scoring was sure to come. Little did we know that the team would go on a streak that would see them win 9 of 10 games, with the one blemish being a shut-out loss (but a point) versus the Washington...

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Teams and Fans Getting Excited for NHL Stadium Series

With Thanksgiving having come and gone, and the calendar inching closer to Christmas and the New Year, hockey fans and teams alike are counting down the days to the NHL’s new Stadium Series. There is a growing excitement as the events draw nearer, as more teams and fans get to enjoy the wonders of an outdoor game in a unique environment. The outdoor season begins as usual with a Winter Classic match-up that could be one for the ages,...

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Glass Half Empty or Half Full in Montreal?
Nov20

Glass Half Empty or Half Full in Montreal?

Twenty-one games into the season and the Montreal Canadiens find themselves in the very familiar territory of clinging to a playoff spot and hovering around the .500 mark. In breaking even to date, the Canadiens have provided fuel to the naysayers and optimists alike. The Glass Half Full Party Those of us reinforced with sufficient doses of vitamin D have to be encouraged by what looks to be a career year for Carey Price. A new goalie...

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Stars Go “Home” While on the Road
Nov13

Stars Go “Home” While on the Road

This offseason, the Dallas Stars acquired a new head coach from Buffalo, two players from Boston, and a general manager from Detroit. Despite being early in the season, the Stars have already traveled to all three of those cities, and have showed their “appreciation” of the new additions with wins against all three teams. The Stars road game against the Sabres was the first time new head coach Lindy Ruff had returned to Buffalo since...

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The Curious Case of the Edmonton Oilers

It wasn’t supposed to be like this…. This season would be different… A new GM in Craig MacTavish, a new head coach in Dallas Eakins, and a new winning attitude were going to help bring this once proud franchise back to their glory days – or into playoff contention at the very least. Here we are though, 16 games into the 2013-14 season, and the Oilers find themselves last in the Western Conference once again and 29th overall in...

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Shark Attack, Koivu Returns and NHL Tweets

Shark Week All Season? Even though the last season NHL season was a shortened one, the Chicago Blackhawks were a notch above the rest of the league from start to finish. When the playoff marathon concluded, they were the last team standing and brought home the Cup. It would be difficult for a team to pull of the same feat in a full 82-game schedule, but if one team already looks primed for an incredible season, it’s the San Jose...

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Depth Thoughts from the Canadiens Corner
Oct23

Depth Thoughts from the Canadiens Corner

Two weeks ago I was marvelling at Marc Bergevin’s biggest off-season acquisition: depth. New additions and AHL prospects that made the leap to the NHL  provided the Canadiens’ coaching staff with the luxury of construct lines and a lot of playing time based on merit and effort. In past years, the Habs struggled to patch together an intimidating top 6, while the bottom half of the forwards were often “on the bubble” NHLers. Not so any...

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Happy Thanksgiving/Columbus Day

There is much to be thankful for in our lives! Bryce, Peter and the entire XHockeyProducts team would like to wish all of our Canadian friends and family a very Happy Thanksgiving. May your table be full and your naps plentiful… And, to our American friends and family, we wish you all a very Happy Columbus Day. The discovery of the Americas led to the founding of the great country many of us call home, the United States. We hope...

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Stars On The Rise

Although hockey might not be the first sport most people think of in the state of Texas, the Dallas Stars organization seems to be making a number of changes to not only land their team back into post season play, but to bring Texas fans back to the game as well. The Stars have missed the playoffs the past five seasons, which is the longest postseason drought in franchise history, including their days as the Minnesota North Stars....

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