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[Redacted]: A Trade and Free Agency Intervention

by obscenealex

[Ed. note: Hey, everybody! Remember us? Conference III. We're the guys who make historical analogies about hockey and then disappear in the middle of the playoffs. We didn't go anywhere. We're back. With free agency beginning in a few hours, our very own Obscene Alex is here to set us up.]

Dear Top Free Agent and Trade Candidate Class of 2014,

You may have heard the Dallas Stars are looking for a second line center and maybe a wing.  You may have even heard we are in search of a number one defenseman… or that we’re not.  We seem to be playing coy about that, but if the right opportunity presented itself…

Goal, [friends].

Anyway, you might be aware that Dallas used to be a premiere free agent destination.  Players like Ed Belfour, Brett Hull, and Bill Guerin chose to sign with the Stars in their heyday.  Dallas was also able to retain a strong veteran core of players they developed or traded for with ease, driving continued success in the years leading up to and following their Stanley Cup in 1999.

You might also know that more recently, a lack of homegrown talent due to relying too heavily on buying talent through trades and free agency, a marketplace reshaped by lockouts and a salary cap, and a bankrupt owner led the team into dark times.  The past five seasons of playoff-less hockey left fans wistfully remembering 1999, 2000, 2008 and eventually, even years where the Stars were one and done.

However, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed the changes – a new owner, new GM, new coach, new system, new uniforms, and a shiny new Tyler Seguin – that propelled Dallas back into a playoff spot.  A new focus on the value of the draft to ensure that success is built upon has led to a top 10 prospect pipeline and a Calder Cup.  A brand spankin’ new Val Nichushkin and a Jamie Benn newly invigorated by a return to the wing alongside Seguin will look to push the team over the top from bubble team to contender in the coming seasons.  That word you keep hearing is the key – NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW.  Things are changing in Dallas.  The Stars are on an upward trajectory.

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Playoff Threeview: Chicago & Minnesota

by J.R.

CIII3. Blackhawks 46-21-5 (107 points, 3rd in Conference III) vs. WC1. Wild (43-27-12, 98 points, 4th in Conference III)

Season Series— Wild 3-1-1

LeadersBlackhawks: Duncan Keith (2G, 5A, 7 Points), Jonathan Toews (3G, 4A, 7 Points, 3 GWG), Patrick Kane (3G); Wild: Zach Parise (3G, 7A, 10 Points), Charlie Coyle (3G), Clayton Stoner (20 PIMs)

Probable Goalies: Blackhawks: Corey Crawford (4-2, .935, 1.98); Wild: Ilya Bryzgalof (1-2, .826, 4.25)

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Playoff Predictions: Round 2

by obscenealex

Obscene Alex and J.R. went five for eight in Round 1. It almost has to improve in Round 2! Series previews for Hawks/Wild will be up whatever day that begins (Friday?).

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No, Listen, It’s Barry Trotz as Joan Crawford and Stinger as Bette Davis

by J.R.

My irrational hatred of the definitely not Conference III Columbus Blue Jackets bears fruit at Puck Daddy.

3dō: “Oh Terry Crisp!”

by J.R.

3dō is an occasional feature in which the meaning of Conference III is explained through prose, verse, song, interpretative dance, film, chemical formulae or illustrative anecdote relayed by old people.

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3dō: Q Can Tell By The Way I Use My Walk

by J.R.

3dō is an occasional feature in which the meaning of Conference III is explained through prose, verse, song, interpretative dance, film, chemical formulae or illustrative anecdote relayed by old people.

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The Sound Ryan Getzlaf’s Face Makes When It’s Hit by a Puck

by obscenealex

Yesterday I flew into Orange County to see the Stars play the Ducks.  You all know what the outcome was and what happened to Ryan Getzlaf, but you may not have had the chance to hear exactly what that sounded like to fans in the arena.

We clearly heard that nasty thunk all the way in the upper bowl.

Now, please note that I don’t wish that on any player.  Getzlaf has gotten stitched up and he’ll probably play in Game 2, which will hopefully have less scary injuries and more Dallas goals.

Playoff Threeview: St. Louis & Chicago

by J.R.

CIII2. Blues 52-23-7 (111 points, 2nd in Conference III) vs. CIII3. Blackhawks (46-21-15, 107 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Season Series— Blues 3-2

LeadersBlues: Alexander Steen (33G, 29A, 62 Points, 9 GWG), Alex Pietrangelo (43A), David Backes (10 PPG); Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp (34G, 44A, 78 Points, 10 PPG), Patrick Kane (10 PPG, 6 GWG), Ben Smith (15.6% shooting)

Probable Goalies: Blues: Ryan Miller (25-30-4, .918, 2.64); Blackhawks: Corey Crawford (32-16-12, .917, 2.26)

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Playoff Threeview: Colorado & Minnesota

by J.R.

CIII1. Avalanche 52-22-8 (112 points, 1st in Conference III) vs. WC1. Wild (43-27-12, 98 points, 4th in Conference III)

Season Series— Avalanche 4-0-1

LeadersAvalanche: Matt Duchene (23G, 47A, 70 Points, 6 GWG), Ryan O’Reilly (28G, 9 PPG), Paul Stastny (54.1 FO%); Wild: Jason Pominville (30G, 30A, 60 Points), Mikko Koivu (43A), Ryan Suter (2399 minutes)

Probable Goalies: Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov (41-14-8, .927, 2.41); Wild: Ilya Bryzgalof (12-9-8, .909, 2.68)

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Playoff Threeview: Dallas & Anaheim

by J.R.

WC2. Stars 40-31-11 (91 points, 5th in Conference III) vs. Pac1. Ducks (54-20-8, 116 points, 1st in Pacific)

Season Series— Stars 2-1

LeadersStars: Tyler Seguin (37G, 47A, 84 Points, 11 PPG, 8 GWG), Antoine Roussel (209 PIMs), Jamie Benn (54.8 FenClose%); Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (31G, 56A, 87 Points), Corey Perry (43G, 9 PPG, 8 GWG), Francois Beauchemin (58.8% Shorthanded Time)

Probable Goalies: Stars: Kari Lehtonen (33-20-10, .919, 2.41); Ducks: Frederick Andersen (20-5-0, .923, 2.29)

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