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Stars Players React to GM Move

Tuesday, 11.13.2007 / 5:47 PM / Feature
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Stars Players React to GM Move

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The move of relieving Doug Armstrong of his GM duties came as a surprise to many, and the Stars players were no different. Anytime a tough decision like this is made, it affects the team in many different ways.
 
“It’s a real day; it’s a sad day,” said captain Brenden Morrow. “Maybe it’s what we need to get a spark under us.”

“It’s a very surreal day to think about anybody losing their job when you have affected it,” added Marty Turco. “And most recently, we talked it over as players. It’s things we’ve been doing as players that directly or indirectly caused this. Who knows, really?

“It’s certainly a sad day for as long as he’s been here, as a person in the organization, the things he’s seen since this organization has moved cities, built up, and championships. It’s a very sad, surreal day.”

For players like Mike Modano, who is one of the few that was around for all of Armstrong’s 17 years with the team, changes like this hit home.

“Change is tough as you get older, because you get used to a ritual and a routine,” said Mike Modano. “You get really used to familiar faces around here, because you’ve worked through good times and bad. I’ve had those share of people come and go, but in that same sense a lot of players come and go that I thought shouldn’t have went anywhere. It’s a business thing. You do what’s best at the time for the team and for the long run.
 
“Considering our situation being up and down for most of the season. Your expectations are so high as an organization and what we’ve built around here. Since we’ve been down here it has been tradition, and we have become accustomed to winning. That is something that’s always a part of this team. However you do it, or however you acquire that, those are the choices as a GM. You try to get the best out of everybody.”

 And the team still believes that is can win.

 “We all still believe in this team,” said Morrow. “There is not one guy that is not on board with this team. For some reason, we just haven’t gotten the job done. We’re a lot better hockey team than we show, and we all know that. We just can’t find ourselves right now. A shake up was going to happen, but no one really knew what it was going to be. We are still here, and we need to control what we can and that’s taking care of our hockey games. It starts tomorrow.”
 
The players know that they need to step it up and get this hockey club back to winning on a consistent basis.

“Well I can’t see how changing management won’t change things, because it will change them dramatically,” said Turco. “Apparently little messages and conversations just weren’t enough. Like I said, for him to believe in us after what happened this morning sends a message to your heart.
 
“Were pretty much done with the wake up calls, now its time to pony-up.”


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 65 23 38 -3 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 65 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 51 10 25 4 35
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 62 15 15 -1 30
A. Goligoski 65 3 24 3 27
A. Hemsky 59 9 17 -9 26
A. Roussel 63 12 12 -12 24
S. Horcoff 61 9 14 3 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .905 2.98
J. Enroth 14 25 2 .901 3.26
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