Posted by: Caitlin | November 11, 2007

Fixing The Problems

Two posts by Caitlin in one day?


Well, actually it is possible! A lot is being said right now about what’s going on with the Stars. There’s a variety of theories I have, most being too lengthy to mention here. I could probably write a master’s thesis on what’s happened this season so far, but I think I’ll reserve judgment until we see how they play in the next two weeks.

There are two Stars-related blogs I check a few times each day: Mike Heika’s blog over at the Dallas Morning News, and Patty’s blog over at Penalty Killing. So today, I visited both to kinda check ’em out, and I see this over on Heika’s blog:

“Still trying to find out more about Jokinen. A trade could be possible, but I can’t confirm anything right now.”

I’m not panicky over this. I promise, I’m not. (At this point, dear friends, neither should you, incidentally.) Heika has confirmed nothing and this could just be vague rumors trickling down to the sportswriters, but there have been scouts all over the Stars like vultures over a fresh kill.

Yes, this team is having problems. At the moment, they have quite a lot they need to fix.

There are answers to the problems they have. However, I think trading someone like Jussi Jokinen is not one of them. Logically, Jokinen’s good at what he does, and he’s probably the best shootout specialist in the NHL today.

Discuss amongst yourselves. I’m interested to know what you guys think about all this.

If you had to trade someone on the Stars, who would it be?

Also, some credit goes to Loui Eriksson, who asked to be sent down to the Iowa Stars this week. Loui, we’ve had a very up and down, love and hate kind of relationship. But I also admire the fact that you willingly sent yourself back down to the minors to work on your game. That shows strong character, Loui, and I think it was smart of you. I’m really looking forward to next season to see what you can do – I think you’re going to be an excellent player, and you just need a little more time. You’re still young, and you’ve got a lot of years ahead of you. Well played, Eriksson, well played. You’re still Swedish Fish Mach I to me, Loui.




  1. The rumors going around are totally nuts:
    + Jussi Jokinen to the Oilers – who are we POSSIBLY going to get for Jokinen? We’re sure not getting Horcoff or Gagner, and those are the kinds of guys we need.


    It’s true that other teams have been scouting the Stars like mad, but I honestly don’t know who we would give up. We have good d-men, and it would be stupid to give any of them up as they’re the ones holding this team together right now. It would have to be a forward, and Jenlo and I narrowed it down to Halpern, Barch, and Miettinen as the ones who are in real danger of being traded. Obviously I don’t want to see any of them go, but if it gets us a goal-scorer, I’ll take it.

  2. I think the Stars are definitely looking to make a trade, but I have my doubts about Jokinen.

    Turco to the Penguins? I love Marty to death, but Turco is kind of the Western Conference Marc-Andre Fleury at the moment.

    Halpern, Barch and Miettinen are probably good guesses. I’d tack on Fedoruk and Winchester, but they give us so little wiggle room under the cap that not only do I highly doubt it, but I doubt the Stars can find a team to take them.

    I don’t think it’ll be now, but I have a nagging suspicion they’ll unload Miettinen sometime during the season unless he starts scoring.

    Which makes me so sad – as we know, my Mittens love knows no bounds.

  3. I noticed that about Jussi and I’m not sure that’d be a good idea, either. I think he’s a really good player and we’d regret losing him. But he’ll need to pick it up pretty soon. I hate for a team to judge a player based on a sophomore slump. If they do, they’d probably lose everybody they ever drafted because 90% seem to go through it.

    I don’t like to imagine who might get traded. At the beginning of the season I was big on trading Norstrom, just because I wasn’t attached to him yet. But now I kind of think we need to keep him. But if it has to be a defenseman, it better not be a certain big strong French Canadian that I don’t even want to put out there. It’s my biggest fear.

    I hope they don’t get rid of Halpern, either. I think we need a guy like that. When the big names come to town and Razor points out that that guy was shut down, it’s because of Halpern. Big fan of his.

  4. Patty –

    On Norstrom – that is so weird, because I was the same way. I’m now all concerned about his high-sticking injury and I don’t want him to leave. At all.

    Trading French-Canadian defensemen is all sorts of bad. I don’t think it would happen. I <3 that big, French-Canadian defenseman so much...

    I dig Halpern, I like him a lot. I like his face-off win percentage, and he seems to be adapting okay to wing.

    More likely than not, Mittens is going at some point. Which makes me sad, but it happens to every team.

    I don’t think it’s any particular player at the moment. I think it’s the whole team, and something’s going on there that I can’t put my finger on.

  5. I feel the need to mention the other French-Canadian defenseman who gets picked on all the time, but he’s a solid player himself, and I wouldn’t like to see him go either.

    Honestly, I don’t think a trade will really help matters a whole lot. The team is playing the basically the same roster they had last year, and they played much better than this last year. I don’t know what’s going on with them, but something is up and I want it fixed. Now. Whether it’s the coaching or not, I don’t know – I’m not one to hop on the “FIRE TIP” train, but I also don’t know exactly what goes on behind the scenes. Maybe Tip has worn out his time here? I don’t know.

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