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Training Camp Blog: Day Eighteen

Inside the Dallas Stars 2008 Training Camp

Monday, 10.6.2008 / 4:27 PM CT / 2008 Training Camp Blog
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Training Camp Blog: Day Eighteen

Throughout training camp, different members of the Dallas Stars will sit down and share their thoughts on the day’s events leading up until Opening Night.

Day 18: October 6, 2008
Right Wing B.J. Crombeen

It was great to be with the team at the end of last year and get some games in with the team. I was able to come into camp with a bit more expectations about what I think I can do at this level and what I needed to do to make the team. It’s been a battle right from the start of camp – there are three or four good players who are trying to fight and make the team and there aren’t many spots open. It’s been a grind, but I feel it’s been going pretty well. Everyone’s been playing well and I think everyone’s looking forward to getting the regular season going and get into games that mean something and getting into a real competition atmosphere. Like I said, I think it’s gone pretty well so far, but I think the real test is going to be starting Friday night when we get to the real, regular season and get to games that actually count for something.

I shouldn’t say the games don’t mean anything during the preseason, they always mean something, especially to guys like me who are trying to make the team. I’m not only trying to make the team, I’m trying to prove that I can play at this level and prove what I can do for the team. No game means nothing, it’s just that everyone really wants to get into the regular season games. Like I said, I’m just trying to go out every night and play my game and just do whatever I can to help the team.

As far as some of the fights I’ve gotten in, I’ve haven’t exactly done the best in all of them, let’s just put it that way! I’m not going to say that I’m going to win them all, I’m just trying to show up and protect my teammates and stand up for them. If I have to lose every fight all year, that’s fine with me, as long as I continue to show up and stand up for my teammates. I don’t consider myself a real tough guy by any means – some of the guys at this level are pretty big guys! You have to really know what you’re doing to do well in fights at this level, and like I said, I’m going to do my best, but I’m not going to claim that I’m going to beat a lot of guys up or anything. I’m just trying to stand up for my teammates, go out there and play hard, and if a situation arises, I want to be there and I want my teammates to know that I have their backs.

Obviously we want to win every game, you never want to lose a single game you play in, so it’s obviously been a frustrating preseason. I think we all know we’re better than our 1-5-1 record. We know what we have to do in the locker room here, it’s simple execution and hard work. If you look at last game, we out-shot them 41-14, I think, so it’s just a matter of bearing down on our chances and putting those pucks in the net. We know what we have to do, just make some minor adjustments. We’ve got a couple days this week before the home opener on Friday, so we’ll get to work and try to figure out exactly what we need to do.

My goal coming in to camp was to make the team, so I’m thrilled to still be here. It’s still day-to-day, and you never know how long you’re going to be here, but I’m just going to try and play hard every game and practice hard every day and try to do what I do best and leave the decision-making in other people’s hands. The pressure is tough to deal with sometimes, but I think everyone has to go through it at some point. It’s part of hockey. It’s obviously not the best situation, but it’s something you’ve got to do. It’s everyone’s dream to play here at the NHL level , so I’m ecstatic to be here still, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to stay here. If that means going through that pressure, that’s fine with me.




1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47


J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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