Rumor Roundup: Ottawa could see more than just a coaching change

Craig Anderson (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators made headlines earlier this week by firing head coach Paul MacLean and replacing him with Dave Cameron. That might not be the only change in store for the Senators, who’ve won only three of their last 10 games entering Thursday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports Senators GM Bryan Murray has had defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and forwards Colin Greening and Erik Condra on the trade block for some time. Murray’s also reportedly entertaining offers for center Zack Smith. Garrioch also speculates the Senators GM could draw upon his goaltending depth by peddling Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner to land an impact player. Both are under long-term contracts which could enhance their market value. Read more

Dallas Stars troll Jets by failing to come up with list of 10 things to do in Winnipeg

Jared Clinton
Jamie Benn Stars Jets featured

Even before they returned as an NHL town, Winnipeg was the punch line to many jokes. On Tuesday night, as the Jets visited Dallas, the Stars game operations joined in, throwing a playful jab at the city.

The joke, a top 10 list that stopped well short of reaching 10 points, was well-received by some, while others, in what some would call typical Winnipeg fashion, got rather defensive about the joke. If there’s really anything to get up in arms about though it’s the misuse of “then” and “than.” Read more

Five franchise players who finished their careers with other teams

Mats Sundin Vancouver Canucks

There’s been a lot of talk about legacy lately with Daniel Alfredsson signing a one-day deal to retire as an Ottawa Senator, and Martin Brodeur joining the St. Louis Blues after serving as the face of the New Jersey Devils for two decades.

It’s odd to see Brodeur with the Bluenote on his jersey and mask, and it was strange to see Daniel Alfredsson skating for the Detroit Red Wings last season.

But as hurt as some fans were by the Brodeur and Alfredsson defections, the history books will still remember them for what they accomplished with the franchises they came to represent.

We saw that already in Alfredsson’s retirement ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, and we’ll see it again with Brodeur when he hangs up his pads.
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Getting To Know: Brenden Morrow

Mark Malinowski
Brenden Morrow featured

Status: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing.

Ht: 6-foot-0 Wt: 205 pounds

DOB: January 16, 1979 In: Carlyle, Sask.

First Hockey Memory: “I think probably losing. I think we lost the game. Someone that’s a competitive guy, it probably drove me to get better and play better. I think we lost that first game. And it’s probably something I won’t ever forget.” Read more

Dallas Stars players rally around team employee battling cancer

Adam Proteau
Jamie Benn (Getty Images)

If you ask most hockey fans, the Dallas Stars team consists of the players on the ice. But if you ask the players themselves, they’ll tell you their team is much larger than that. They’ll tell you it includes more than just coaches and management and extends to people whom they encounter every day – people like Don Widdicombe, who for 15 years has worked at American Airlines Arena as the security guard posted outside the Stars’ dressing room. And when someone like that is struck by an illness that’s affected all corners of society, the players support them as they would any other teammate.

Widdicombe was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, but he’s drawn inspiration from continuing to be around the team – and he was floored when the Stars honored him Oct. 28 by allowing him to drop the puck before their game against the St. Louis Blues: Read more

Forget Toronto. It’s time to troll Boston for the Tyler Seguin trade

Matt Larkin
Tyler Seguin, left, is dominating the league just like he was projected to do when picked second overall in 2010. (Getty Images)

It’s funny how the Phil Kessel trade produces the same cycle of debate, year after year.

Tyler Seguin gets hot, Bruins fans taunt Maple Leafs fans for the trade that sent Boston the pick that became Seguin No. 2 overall in 2010.

Phil Kessel gets hot, Leafs fans smugly remind Bruins fans Kessel is among the game’s pre-eminent goal scorers and thus was worth every asset surrendered.

Bruins fans remind Leaf fans to include Dougie Hamilton in the discussion. Leaf fans fall awkwardly silent.

Enough already. There’s nothing more to say. Kessel is a truly elite sniper, albeit an inconsistent one, and the Leafs paid dearly to get him. In the end they got a player who may end up their all-time leading goal scorer in exchange for what were unknown commodities – draft picks – at the time. Seguin is every bit the star he was supposed to be on draft day, and Hamilton has the makings of a franchise defenseman. Every major player in the trade is excellent at hockey. We get it.

And besides, there’s one significant detail that makes the entire “THANK YOU KESSEL!” debate moot: Tyler Seguin doesn’t play for Boston anymore. It’s time we turned our attention to the trade that made him a Dallas Star. And it’s time for Stars fans to rachet up their “THANK YOU ERIKSSON!” chants.

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Jersey concepts show Dallas Stars almost went red, white and blue

Jared Clinton
Stars RWB

Over the weekend, the Dallas Stars released a behind the scenes look at what went into their rebranding and, among other things, what stands out is the team almost entirely abandoned the color green.

However, at the encouragement of the league and members of the committee that was put together to rebrand, the Stars created their own shade of green, called Victory Green, and have run with it since. What does become very apparent in the video, however, is the Stars were very close to moving away from green entirely, instead going with blue, gold, red, and white as parts of their scheme.

There’s a lot to digest in the video, and a lot of it is a very interesting look behind the scenes of what goes into a full rebrand of a professional sports team.

It’s interesting to consider what could have been for the Stars had they gone with the blue and gold color scheme that’s talked about at length, and it seems as though the team ever received mock-up jerseys from Reebok that were blue and gold.

Blue and Gold 1 Blue and Gold 2

There’s also the case of the logo. At the outset of the release of the logo and jersey, it seemed such a distant cry from what we had been used to as the Stars logo. But, especially in the shot of the full binder of logos, you can see just how much detail went into every single design the Stars considered.

Logo Book

The inclusion of the Texas state flag also seemed to be a point of contention for many of those involved, especially Stars commentator Daryl Reaugh. It’s obvious by what Reaugh says that he was interesting in taking the team’s scheme in a new direction before being outvoted on the idea. One of the more interesting concepts that included the Dallas’ home state’s colors is the one that had a small Texas flag within the center of the logo.

One thing is for certain, though: the Stars did well to spare themselves the disjointed Texas outline and floating D logo atop jerseys that are very similar to those worn by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Blue D Texas Outline

White-hot Stars rookie John Klingberg scores a long-distance goal

Adam Proteau
John Klingberg (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg is just 22 years old, but he may never score a goal further away from the net than the one he did Tuesday night against the Oilers.

The Swedish blueliner, who was selected 131st overall by Dallas in 2010, grabbed the puck between center ice and Edmonton’s blueline and fired a slapshot from there – well, something that started out as a slapshot, anyway – at Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth, who had a clear look at it, but whiffed on it completely:
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