I'd like to welcome you to the new Dallas Stars thread. My name is Rex, known around these parts as NWO and the music man. Lost among all my talk of music and beer is a love of hockey. I've been a fan of the Detroit Red Wings since 1992, though for most of those years I was more of what you'd call a casual fan. The last three years have seen me become a much more hardcore dedicated fan of the game. Still have a lot to learn, but this is a great way to do just that and give back to the Dobber community at the same time.
I know it seems strange, a Wings fan reporting on the Stars, well there's a good reason beyond the fact that the Wings coverage is in Mac's capable hands. I have connection with all things Texas, well except certain politicians. If not for a bit of unfortunate timing I would have been a Stars fan. They moved to Big D the year after the Red Wings won me over. I wouldn't say I've followed the Stars, but in a way I guess I've always subconsciously been a fan.
The opportunity came up to cover the Stars and I couldn't pass it up. I have some big plans for my coverage as I get settled in, get comfortable, and as my knowledge grows. Also the timing of this couldn't have been better. I've had a fair bit of tunnel vision as it pertains to following hockey. I have been focused on the Wings and to a lesser extent whatever players happen to land on one of my fantasy rosters. This being a quiet time during the offseason gives me a chance to get as familiar with Stars as I am with the Wings.
Like most of the team coverage.....team, I'm not going to be focused solely on the NHL level happenings. I'm going to be devoting plenty of time to the farm system as well. My plan right now is to post a weekly recap of the action with the Texas Stars and notable prospects playing in other leagues each Monday.
With my upcoming move to the night shift at work I will be using the DVR to record all the Stars games so I can watch them after work and offer up my thoughts on each game. On those occasions I'll have my review posted the following afternoon, and on the nights I'm off I'll post shortly after the game.
One area that the move to nights will effect is posting last minute injury and roster updates. I'll be at work by the time the puck drops on the early games, but I will monitor news right up until I leave for work and post anything relevant. If possible I'll monitor things while I'm at work, but that will be difficult given the environment, you know how bosses are.
Anyway guys I'm really looking forward to the responsibility of covering the Stars and keeping with the high standards for the Black Aces team. Bear with me through this early period as I build this up. As time goes on and I gain more knowledge and confidence the content is going to grow proportionally.