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11-13-2012, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Philly85 View Post
Overreacting or not, the bottom line is that was a very poor choice of words by Benn. Hilarious and pathetic how many of these so called patriotic Canadian kids are intimidated by the prospects of playing in a native environment with added pressure and attention. Should drive athletes to excel. Doesnt seem to be a problem for most American athletes, thats for sure. Have fun winning nothing in Dallas Jamie.
You do realize the Stars won the cup in 1999, went to the finals in 2000, and went to the conference finals in 2008 and 1998, right? They also made the playoffs in 10 of 11 seasons from 1997-2008. They've haven't made the playoffs since 2008, but the west is strong and they've generally been quite close. They've been a pretty successful franchise, not exactly a perennial bottom feeder. Since they moved to Dallas they've been one of the more succesful franchises in the NHL.

In terms of their current team, I don't see them as weak at all. They've got a pretty sick set of forwards (Benn, Eriksson, Roy, Whitney, Jagr, Morrow, etc.), a great goalie (Lehtonen), and some decent dmen (Goligoski, Robidas, Daley, Larsen, Rome, etc.). Some pretty good prospects too (Campbell, Oleksiak, Faksa, etc.). I think they could easily be a solid playoff team next season (whenever that is), and they're set up well for the longer term as well.

Really, just no reason to see Dallas as a loser team, in terms of their past, their present, or their future.

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