The Stars were publicly reprimanded by Coach Glen Gulutzan after an embarrassing performance against the LA Kings on Sunday. Many thought they would come out strong against Anaheim after an uncharacteristic choice set of words from their head coach which would usually prompt a competitive athlete to kick it into a higher gear.
Whether they did that or not is irrelevant, because as the Stars faced off against Anaheim last night, we witnessed some of the sloppiest hockey Dallas has seen in a while, and that is saying a lot. Breakouts were nonexistent, forechecks were lackluster (were we trying to run a blue line trap?), and Kari was hung out to dry, again. It was the usual panicked line-shuffling in the second period as the Ducks went up 3-0 within 5 minutes.
At least we weren't out-shot by 20 halfway through the game (trying to find some positives). The power play was atrocious, the defense had nobody swinging for a breakout pass, turnovers ensued, you know the drill.
Barring a very hot streak in this last month of play (which I am sure we would all love to see), it seems like the Stars might be out of it. With the trade deadline upon us, look for some of the chatter to become reality. Roy, Jagr, and even Nystrom (all pending UFA's) have been discussed as possible targets by playoff contenders. Where will they go? Will they go? Nobody can say for sure until it actually happens.
As I am writing this, I am hearing per Pierre LeBrun that the Stars have decided to trade Jagr with Boston being a front runner. Stay tuned folks, and hold on for the ride.