Had to head home shortly again, but on the flight back up to PA today, I was thinking about these Dallas Stars, mainly about GMs Les Jackson and Brett Hull. I remember when Tom Hicks made this decision, it was absolutely slammed. But upon further review, I think this is the perfect blend of front-office brain and player knowledge. You have to just take a minute and see what these guys have done since November:
**Signing Ribeiro long-term. Look at the numbers that came up this past week. Wonder how tough (and how expensive) it would've been to re-sign him now?
**Getting Brad Richards. When's the last time the Stars reeled in a big fish at the trade deadline? Now this guy is fully settled in, and will get a training camp here. Ah, the possibilities...
**The Sean Avery deal. Gutsy? Yes. Drama factor? Absolutely? Will it pay off? We'll see. But once again, a move that raises eyebrows and the possibilities come regular season.
I admire folks who recognize that stagnant wasn't getting them anywhere, that taking a risk is necessary at times. So I'm curious what you all think: Jack-Hull has been in power for about eight months now. How are they doing in your book?