Exciting Olympic play; now the push to the NHL playoffs & Ott

Congrats to Brenden Morrow, who looked great with Team Canada and helped the host country win the gold. Although I rooted strongly for U.S.A. for the whole tourny, I am at least glad Morrow is happy. More importantly is that we saw he can still played hockey, as that was by far the best stretch of games he has played this year. If Dallas wants to get back to playing like how they were before the break, having their captain come back energized and playing  his best hockey could really help. But let me not forget, another Star won a medal too. Long-time Star Jere Lehtinen won bronze with team Finland, giving Jere his 4th medal in his Olympic career. Not too bad.

Well I will leave my dislike of Crosby and team Canada behind, it’s time to get back to NHL hockey! The Dallas Stars are back in action tomorrow at the AAC hosting the Kings, and then the St. Loius Blues come to town Thursday night. It gives Dallas a good way to get back to the winning ways they had going into the break. A pair of games at home, where they have been great this season, and against one team ahead of them in the standings and one right behind them. Marty Turco is now 100% the goalie for the rest of the season. His play before the break got Dallas to only 1 point out of the top 8, and told management he can still be the #1 goalie here this season. So after trading for Lehtonen before the break, the Stars let Alex Auld go via waivers to the New York Rangers which means Turco won’t be on the move at the trade deadline on Wednesday.

Another big thing done by the Stars during the break was that this morning they announced Steve Ott has agreed to a new 4 year deal which means fears that Ott would be moved if they couldn’t sign him can now be laid to rest. Dallas now has Ott, Eriksson, Morrow, Richards, and plan to sign Neal this summer to deals that give this team a strong forward core moving into the future. Although some may be iffy on signing a gritty agitator who can add a little offense to a long-term deal, I like that Dallas signed him. It means management thinks they could give Ott more money while still being able to sign guys like Neal and Robidas and Ott to multi-year raises while keeping in the budget they have to keep until this team is sold. But keeping core guys who shape and help this team will only help this team continue to grow. And then you just add in parts and try to improve the D a little while keeping the players you know you want here. So far, so good with that plan.

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