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Brett Hull says Dallas is a “generic” team

Feb 9, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

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Well this should go over well in The Big D.

Brett Hull — the Hockey Hall of Famer that scored the goal to win Dallas’ first and only Stanley Cup — told that his former club lacks star power and is a “very generic” team.

Jamie Benn has a chance to be a really good player, but he’s still a baby and he hasn’t figured it all out yet,” Hull said. “Kari Lehtonen is a very good goalie, but other than that it’s just a very generic, workmanlike, blue-collar team.”

It’s an honest (albeit rather blunt) assessment of a team Hull has many ties to. Though he no longer has an official title — formerly, he was Dallas’ Executive Vice President — the 700-goal scorer is still around the team quite often.

Thing is, Hull’s take is pretty accurate. The Stars are fiscally responsible (their most expensive player, Mike Ribeiro, makes $5 million annually) but generally speaking, fiscal responsibility and superstar players don’t mix. Dallas also recently lost an elite player in Brad Richards, who led the team in scoring for two straight seasons, only to sign a $60 million deal with the New York Rangers in free agency. The Stars have also seen a slow trickle of face-of-the-franchise types leave the organization: Mike Modano, Marty Turco, Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen, to name a few.

Things like that generally don’t go over well in Texas, known for its big-name players and big-spending ways.

“You feel bad for the team because you’ve got a two-time World Series team [Texas Rangers], you’ve got the World Champion Dallas Mavericks, and the perennial it doesn’t matter if they go 0-16 Cowboys selling out a 100,000 seat building,” Hull said. “There is only so much sport dollar to go around, but the only way to get ’em back is to win.

“But, to win you have to have a superstar-type player. There just isn’t that right now.”

  1. yettyskills - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Ya no kidding by why say it now?
    And who was the “Superstar-type player” on the Bruins? An old Tim Thomas?

    You can win with good coaching and goal-tending too Brett

    Brett has always been a goof
    And Brett, figure out the difference between “got” and “have” yet?


    • creasemasta41 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Timmy proved superstar status with his phenomenal run during all of last season and the playoffs, and this year Tyler Seguin is emerging as an elite player with superstar capabilities. You could also make the argument for Chara, although you don’t generally see defensman being called superstars unless your last name is Orr. They don’t quite have what the general idea of a superstar is, but they do have one of the best goalies, defenseman, and emerging young stars in the game. More than alot of teams can say

      • danphipps01 - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        Look, if you win the Norris, you’re a star. Chara’s one of the top three or four defensemen in the League at any given time. Bergeron’s on the bubble too as one of the frontrunners for the Selke, but “superstar”… eh, maybe not quite.

        Seguin’s not there yet, though. He’s well on his way, I’ll agree with you there.

        Anyway. Dallas. Jamie Benn is getting there pretty quickly. Next year could be explosive. This year’s been pretty stellar already what with the All-Star nab. Lehtonen? No. He’s good, top-fifteen and with practice even top ten, but even then… man, only the top three to five are going to be “superstars.” Lundqvist, Thomas, Rinne, Howard and Quick on the bubble… wouldn’t name anyone else in that category. And what about former All-Star Eriksson?

        Overall, Brett’s got a point – thing is, there are a couple of guys who could absolutely blow up with better linemates, but they don’t have ’em. Guys like Benn and Eriksson would be amazing on top-tier teams like the Wings, Rangers, ‘Hawks or Canucks, but there’s only so much they can do on the Stars.

      • yettyskills - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Tim Thomas and Chara are NOT “Super-stars” get the proverbial grip. I know they are great players but “Super-star” give me a break.

        If they are Super-stars what are Malkin, Crosby, the Sedins and Stamkos? Super Duper Ultra Superstars?

  2. imacdane - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Hull did more harm than good as a co-gm of this team, maybe he should have done his job a little better.

  3. Art - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Hey ya know who was a “big name” that caused a huge splash and raised a lot of eyebrows when the Stars signed him?

    Sean Avery.

    That didn’t work out very well did it Hullie?

    I agree with imacdane.. If Hull had done his job better when he was a co-GM, the Stars wouldn’t be faced with the prospect of a fourth straight non-playoff season.

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