I just talked to Mike Smith about everything transpiring this morning. Obviously he's one sad man, considering the friends he had in that locker room and the potential of the Stars season. He wanted to stay here, wanted to start here eventually, but he's getting that No. 1 goalie job a little quicker than he thought he would:
"I always hoped and predicted it would be in Dallas, but it's obviously hard being behind a guy like Marty. As young and durable as he is, he isn't going to be done for a long time. It's earlier than I planned and hoped, but it's all the better for me doing this when I'm younger."