It was clean-out-the-lockers day out in Frisco, and I must admit covering this one was much easier than covering the past two or three. Obviously, everyone was hoping for a run to the Stanley Cup. But there wasn't that sulking and anger that's come from the past first-round losses.
Anyway, the big stuff:
Philippe Boucher had some sort of a hip tear working through the postseason, according to him. He said he won't need surgery in the offseason ("surgery's for grade-three tears, mine is 2-plus," he said), but he'll be resting and trying his best to be ready for next season. He thought there was a chance he'd be ready for the Finals, if the Stars made it that far, but it wasn't to be.
Stu Barnes is unsure whether he's returning or not. He said it will be the Stars or none other, and missing the postseason may factor a bit into his decision. I'm not sure which way he goes, to be honest with you. The grind's got to be getting to him, but he's still a competitor. We'll see how that goes.
Mattias Norstrom is also in the "I'll think about it" category in terms of retirement. His wife and two kids are back in Sweden, but he said he will never play hockey in Sweden. It's either here in the NHL or not at all. As far as his sports hernia, he said it wasn't terrible (I don't know how you say that about a sports hernia, but OK), and that he won't need surgery.
Anyway, a great season for the boys. It was certainly a fun one to cover for me.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy summer. I'll be here periodically to say hello, or whenever news is on the horizon. Until then, I'm off to the golf course!