After last season’s contract dispute with Juha Lind, the Stars have finally come to terms with the left-winger on a two year deal. This move provides much needed speed and skill to the Stars lineup, and at the same time injects youth into an aging group of forwards. The Stars openly admit that they made a mistake in letting Juha go back to Finland last year, and I agree. Further more, I still maintain that Benoit Houge would not have been needed if Lind were still around. Look for Juha to be penciled into the second line rotation, with a roster spot all but assured.
5-10 180lbs1/2/7492-DRAFT #178
’98-’99 team: Jokerit (Fin.)
’98-’99 statistics: gp-50 g-20 a-19 pts-39 pim-22 +16
BYE-BYE TUREK, WE’LL MISS YOU
In a move that was heavily scrutinized, the Dallas Stars quickly shipped Roman Turek to the St.Louis Blues for a third round pick in 1999. However, the Stars pointed out in the papers that they were trying to make a deal with Atlanta not to take Turek, but they didn’t receive a response in time. This left Dallas up against the deadline, and resulted in low-balling tactics by interested teams, thus fulfilling their worst nightmares. In turn, the Stars traded Roman for little in return rather than risk losing him for nothing on Friday. So now all Stars fans will get to see Roman work his magic with a conference rival, and at the same time will see the once great Grant Fuhr replaced as the #1 goalie. Hopefully this move won’t come back to haunt the Stars, but I’m afraid it will.
EXPANSION LIST RELEASED
The protected and unprotected lists were released for the Dallas Stars, and look for either Aaron Gavey or Petr Buzek to be selected by the Atlanta Thrashers.
Goalie: Ed Belfour.
Defensemen: Derian Hatcher, Brad Lukowich, Richard Matvichuk, Darryl Sydor, Sergei Zubov.
Forwards: Brett Hull, Mike Keane, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jere Lehtinen, Grant Marshall, Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk, Derek Plante, Jamie Wright.
Goalies: Mike Bales, Manny Fernandez.
Defensemen: Petr Buzek, Shawn Chambers, Alan Letang, Doug Lidster, Craig Ludwig, Matt Martin, y-Evgeny Petrochinin.
Forwards: Guy Carbonneau, Kelly Fairchild, Marty Flichel, Aaron Gavey, Benoit Hogue, Tony Hrkac, Lee Jinman, y-Sergei Luchinkin, Jeff Mitchell, Dave Reid, David Roberts, Brent Severyn, Brian Skrudland, Pat Verbeek.
(y= unsigned European player)