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Stars Players React to GM Move

Tuesday, 11.13.2007 / 4:47 PM CT / 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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 10 5 9 6 14
J. Spezza 10 4 7 2 11
C. Eakin 10 1 7 2 8
P. Sharp 10 4 2 1 6
R. Faksa 10 3 2 2 5
A. Goligoski 10 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
J. Klingberg 10 1 3 -3 4
A. Hemsky 10 1 3 -1 4
M. Janmark 9 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 5 1 0 .906 2.58
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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