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Burish: “We’ve got a pretty good darn team here.”

Nov 9, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

Jamie Benn, Adam Burish AP

The Dallas Stars are the most surprising team in the NHL…to everyone that isn’t on the Dallas Stars.

Forward Adam Burish was interviewed by a Dallas radio station this morning and said his team’s 11-3-0 start is no shock to him or his teammates.

“To be honest with you, going into the season, you can’t help but see what people are saying about your team,” he said. “Everybody is picking you to finish last, to be a disappointing season, have no chance and write you off early. After last night’s game a bunch of us went to dinner and everybody said, ‘I’ve been telling people since training camp that if you look at our lineup and look our roster, we’re a good team.’ I think everybody, except the guys in our locker room, wrote us off. But you know what? We’ve got a pretty good darn team here.”

A big key to the Stars’ success has been getting value out of low-salary players like Jamie Benn (5G, 13A) and Sheldon Souray (4G, 9A). The combined cap hit of those two is around $2.5 million, but they’re worth over $10 million the way they’re going.

Here’s the really exciting things for Stars fans: If prospective owner Tom Gaglardi can get control by the trade deadline and the team is still in a playoff position, GM Joe Nieuwendyk could get the green light to add some assets.

  1. jamesh99 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Not that preseason counts, but they’re 17-4 if you did count it. Great chemistry right now.

  2. greynraney - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    This could be one of those special years in sports for a franchise. Keep it up guys, bring those fans back to “Big-D” and GO STARS!!

  3. danphipps01 - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    So much cap room on an already-crazy good team. It’s kind of terrifying when you think about it. They’re at the cap FLOOR, beating everyone at the cap CEILING. They could sign WHOEVER they wanted if they were in a stable ownership position, and the better they play, the more likely that is to happen – this is the absolute best time to be playing like an invincible war engine, because investor confidence is driven up by piles of wins. And when they settle it? Dear God, enjoy Suter/Weber/Parise/Schneider/who the fuck ever signed as free agents because hey, they’ve got the money to outbid everyone for all of them, all at once. The Stars are in a very scary place right now – for everyone else, that is.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      Iginla and Alfredsson come to mind, too, if the whole “Go to a Cup contender” thing manifests later this season and Dallas keeps the heat on.

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