In the 12 days since I spent 1500 words talking about the Stars and their need to be sellers on this trade deadline day, a few things have happened.
For instance, they lost their best player and leading scorer to a skate laceration and still await his return which could be less than a week away.
They also lost a back-to-back set of games the following weekend against the Coyotes and Predators. In the Nashville game, they conceded a backbreaking goal with less than :01 to go in the first period. It seemed to be a thumbnail description of the season in many ways. Try hard while a piano falls on your head like in the cartoons.
So, when the Stars boarded an airplane for Montreal seven days ago, the column still was 100 of my feelings about the direction that Joe Nieuwendyk should take as his phone rings today in Frisco.
Then, the last seven days happened.
First, a 3-0 win in Montreal. Not the biggest win ever, and certainly not an opponent that has demonstrated a whole lot of re...