Found February 23, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, The Stars once operated a really nice franchise, the bellwether for the so-called non-traditional market teams. They were more than hardy playoff perennials. They were champions, in 1999, and they were Western Conference cornerstones, with Detroit and Colorado, at a time when the East sometimes seemed like it was the junior varsity. Now, just as the organization badly stubs its toe by missing the playoffs since a run to the 2008 conference final, the Texas Rangers keep playing into October—“I honestly didn’t know what the Texas Rangers were until three years ago,” Stars pot-stirrer Steve Ott says—and Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks win the NBA championship, taking some of the money off of the table and sucking most of the oxygen out of the room. The Stars have not lost their way under general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, who has scrambled to keep the team a contender for a playoff spot, but they have lost their place at the adults’ table in their...
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