Are you a Stars fan screaming, “Let me out!”? Mike Heika contemplates giving love that one more chance. Plus, a reckoning for the Chicago Blackhawks, a new home for the Seattle Metropolitans’ banner, and more.
Didn’t we just get off this rollercoaster? The Dallas Stars have continued their previous run of nail-biting wins alternating with frustrating losses. Sometimes it’s hard to remember they’ve only played six games this season when it already looks so much like previous campaigns.
If you’ve been reading Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika for a while, you know that music often winds its way into his editorial writing. Yesterday, he used the 40th anniversary of the Queen/David Bowie collaboration “Under Pressure” as a jumping-off point for a discussion of talent, ego, and the advantages of patience:
There sometimes has to be some push and pull, some internal stress, to get the creative juices flowing. There sometimes has to be trial and error. There sometimes has to be stepping up and backing off.
The Stars seem to be going through that right now.
They think they know what they want, but they aren’t collaborating. As Rick Bowness said after Monday’s game, they get 10 or 12 guys clicking on some nights, but never all 18 skaters. And then the next game, a different 10 or 12 (or eight) will be on. It’s frustrating and confusing.
Heika uses the central facts of how “Under Pressure” came to be – and how everyone involved combined their talents to create something iconic – as a metaphor for letting the Stars find their groove:
If you put the earphones in to your favorite tunes, listen to the layering of the instruments, the voices, even silly things like finger snaps or ooh oohs. Listen to how many things can come together to make one song fantastic. Listen to how everyone plays a part. Of course, you also need the producers and studio guys to make the mix perfect. You often need an outside voice to help make the right choices.
The Stars are the same way. They need the orchestrators to create a plan, and they need the players to trust each other, to find a way to blend. Bands go through all sorts of iterations in their careers. They have ups and downs, they have arguments and reconciliations. Heck, the collaboration between Bowie and Queen was a one-time thing, so this isn’t the easiest task in the world to accomplish.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Game day info! Game day info, right here….
It’s OUR Knight.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 27, 2021
YouTube lip reader Jomboy has done some work on the Stars-Blue Jackets game, and hoo boy.
On a happier note, the Dallas Stars Foundation has just finished one of its latest projects, and everyone from Marty Turco to the Texas Stars’ Ringo was there.
Fort Hood’s new ball hockey court is now open!
Special thanks to @tcolbert– Boeing Global Services, @bradalberts20– Dallas Stars, and @mturco35– Dallas Stars Foundation. Your support for the @usarmy is incredible! #IIICorpsandFortHood #AmericasHammer #PeopleFirst #texashockey pic.twitter.com/365YbsiBPb
— Lt. Gen. Pat White (@iiicorps_cg) October 26, 2021
Around The Leagues
#Murder Was The Case
- The Colorado Avalanche has had a difficult start, and it continued last night with a loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-1. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Nashville Predators celebrated the return of Juuse Saros and Eeli Tolvanen with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. [On The Forecheck]
- Matt Dumba got the game-winner and led his team in TOI as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And Connor Hellebuyck kept the Winnipeg Jets in the game long enough for his teammates to outscore the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
The Chicago Blackhawks are being held to account for “inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response” in the Brad Aldrich case.
The Blackhawks were fined $2 million and Stan Bowman is out as their president of hockey operations and general manager following an independent investigation of a former player’s allegations of sexual assault by then-assistant coach Brad Aldrich in 2010.https://t.co/T5hUzUHj7C
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 26, 2021
And because this was your next question…
Stan Bowman has stepped down as GM of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) October 26, 2021
Winnipeg may be the next team to lose its general manager over the scandal.
“This isn’t going to go away until we have some answers.”
Hockey analysts are pondering the future of Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff after he was named in a report into the Chicago Blackhawks’ inadequate response to sexual-assault allegationshttps://t.co/gAaFgF0S5v
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 27, 2021
Of course, if you’ve done as much research as the NHL History Girl, you have more questions still.
I mean, the Devils had to pay $3 mil plus draft picks for improperly signing Kovalchuk (cap circumvention) so idk what’s the bigger crime here https://t.co/C1Esu1cRBE
— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) October 26, 2021
Oh look, here’s another.
It is categorically unacceptable that the Coyotes lost draft picks for testing players outside a combine, but the Blackhawks receive nothing but a fine.
At a minimum, it should be a 1st & 2nd. Bare minimum.
— Rachel Doerrie (@racheldoerrie) October 26, 2021
The banner unfurled from the rafters at Climate Pledge Arena on Tuesday, about 1 1/2 miles from the site of the old Seattle Arena and more than a century after this city became the first in the United States to win the most cherished trophy in hockey.https://t.co/atDASCFUAZ
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 27, 2021
Speaking of the Habs, Jonathan Drouin said the quiet part out loud during a recent French-language interview. (The Predators’ salary cap says hey.)
While he hasn’t officially hung his skates up, Shea Weber is already essentially retired, helping Montreal in the background, says Jonathan Drouin: https://t.co/qoweovG6A1
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 26, 2021
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Thursday’s game is also Domestic Violence Awareness Night. We want to pack the @HEBCenter in purple to show our support!
— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) October 26, 2021
Have you seen Anton Khudobin’s new gear? …Would you like to? Enjoy.