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Despite painful loss, Ruff is clearly proud of Stars

Apr 28, 2014, 12:58 AM EDT

If you were expecting negativity regarding the Dallas Stars squandering a two-goal lead and thus being knocked out of the playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Sunday, look beyond head coach Lindy Ruff.

The veteran bench boss acknowledged that mistakes were made, yet he clearly seems happy about their efforts and the big picture for a team with some promising young players.

It’s easy to see Ruff’s reasons for optimism when you glance at the salary structure of this team. Whether it be blossoming stars in the beginning of their peaks (Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn) or those approaching the latter years of that period (Kari Lehtonen), no one is making more than $6 million per season from a cap hit standpoint.

If the Stars can build from that point – and if Ruff can build up that core as it matures – this could be the kind of loss this team rallies around.

All those positive ifs make the more painful hypothetical question (“What if we protected that lead and made it to Game 7?”) that much easier to stomach.

At least, if you ask Ruff, it seems.

  1. blomfeld - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:25 AM


    Friends, the bottom line is ‘to hell’ with this idiot Ruff, umbrella man and the ‘perfect’ triangulation of fire … all we care about now are the ‘glorious’ Kings of LA and tomorrow night’s tilt against Josey … we ‘need you’ man more than ever, especially you Jonathan ! :)


    • thundabolt - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Except when they lose. Right blomfeld?

    • zetaone - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Off topic: (but all your posts are) Return books? He worked there… And if you actually think he was anything other than a pawn/patsy in a grande scheme, you’re more of a joke than I gave you credit for.

      I know you’re just a 50 something year old sad, lonely troll that I shouldn’t feed, but cmon guy… Stop being such a deluded narcissistic chode. It’s very unbecoming and childish.

    • zetaone - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Also, you ‘really’ should ‘learn’ the ‘proper use’ of quotations/apostrophes if you’re planning to ‘use them’ 5 times per ‘sentence’.

      • blomfeld - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Hey Zit Zone !

        Get with the program you idiot ! Anyone with only half a brain knows that Oswald acted completely ‘alone’ that day in Dallas. Yes sir ! And check this out … he also started WW2 & the Korean War ! Can you believe that man ? … one guy could do all that and cause so much upset ?

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    What the heck do these posts have to do with the topic? I’m not a Stars fan, and it’s clear they are progressing and likely have a better next year.

    Give it a rest. They made the playoffs and pushed the top sead in the WC to 6 games, with a close 6th.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Ruff loss

  4. 19to77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Lindy’s right. They played a damn good series and they’ve got a bright future ahead. Gotta tinker with the roster a bit – cut out some of the less useful veteran forwards and work on deepening the defense, but in general they’re a good team with a lot to look forward to. As an Avs fan I hope we’ll collide in the playoffs sometime soon. I’d love to see our Avs play these guys. It would be a hell of a show. Good job this year, Stars. Here’s hoping for a deeper run next time. You deserve it.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      Who knows who thumbs a post such as yours – and of course without the intellectual integrity to post a reasoned response.

      By reply is – good post

  5. paulerhythm - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Tough loss. As much as this loss will hurt, it will be an invaluable learning lesson for the young team. They will get better and will be a tougher opponent for years to come. Chin up, Stars fans!

    • flash8910 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      You have to learn how to lose before you can learn how to win.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I wonder where Selke candidate Seguin is now. Actually no, we know where he is…

    • pastabelly - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Why go after Seguin? Nobody ever said he was a Selke candidate, but he had a strong plus/minus this year. No Bruins fans should dump on this kid because he’s no Patrice Bergeron. He’s still a kid and he still hasn’t hit his potential. Giving up on him was a bit different than Kessel, who still doesn’t play two way hockey.

      Ruff has the Stars and Seguin and Benn going in the right direction.

      As far as Anaheim goes, not impressed. This isn’t the same team that was so good at certain points of the regular season. They aren’t ready for Chicago and they will surely struggle just to get by San Jose / LA winner.

      • flash8910 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Stop it. Every team goes thru the playoffs with ups and downs. The key is winning the series. When Chicago was down 0-2, did you say this isn’t the same team that won the Stanley Cup. When Boston lost game 1, did you say that you weren’t impressed? Every team will face adversity. It’s how they rise above it that separates the cup winner from wannabes. I thought Anaheim responded pretty well last night.

  7. purpleguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    The only good thing about that loss is that Norm Green is sad somewhere.

  8. flash8910 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    He should be proud. I am not a Stars fan, but this team made the playoffs, which I think is more than more people thought they would do. Not only that, but they seemed to be a team on the rise.

  9. safaber3 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    As as season ticket holder, I thought the Stars were doomed and out of the playoffs back at the Olympic break. Low and behold they don’t give up and made it to the post season for the first time in years, They took the #1 seeded team to 6 games.

    Yep, they have to work on special teams and mature some younger players, but they are on the upswing. There are 16 other NHL teams that did not get to the playoffs that would trade spots with the Stars right now, not counting the new attitude and desire the team did not have this time last year. Are they contenders next year? Who knows, but now they have playoff experience to build on and Lindy has an idea the players he needs to move and what is needed. Just give him time. They made the playoffs-that was the goal for the year.

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