In this week’s Text Me Tuesday, Brian and friends discuss Opening Night, Jack Campbell, Blake Comeau, Brenden Morrow … and politics?
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Alright, let’s read some texts …
David and Brian Discuss Opening Night and Jack Campbell
David: Top three Opening Nights for the Dallas Stars: 1) Dallas beats Detroit in their first game ever, 2) Stars erase Kings four goal lead in 2005, 3) Tonight (Thursday’s 3-0 shutout against the Arizona Coyotes).
Brian: I agree sir. And you were at two of those three.
David: I was at the Stars first game here too.
Brian: Nice. You should go to every Stars Opening Night. Why do you think Jack Campbell is thriving in LA after struggling so much in Dallas?
David: I think Bill Ranford is a really good goalie coach. Campbell, Martin Jones, Jonathan Bernier, and of course Jonathan Quick. They all seem to develop under him.
Brian: His goalie hit list is impressive. I wish Campbell would have developed here because he was a great goalie prospect but I’m happy that he’s in the NHL and obviously having success.
Calvin and Brian Discuss the Winnipeg Jets and Depth Forwards
Calvin: This game was a butt kicking of a division favorite. Am I wrong?
Brian: You are not wrong. The Jets owned us last year; we didn’t win a single game against them. We dominated every aspect of the game tonight though.
Calvin: My favorite line hasn’t missed a beat with Faksa-Pitlick and whoever is skating with them. Shore fits nicely and the line is still just as pesky on the forecheck and they were holding the puck in the Jets zone for an entire shift against Winnipeg’s top line. Also, Blake Comeau looks like another Pitlick. Hard-working, opportunistic, aggressive. I saw he scored 15 goals last year too. I wonder if the Stars looked at Pitlick and said “let’s find more guys who fit that mold.” Thoughts?
Brian: Nailed it on Comeau. I think Jim Nill saw him as an older Pitlick. He was signed – at a lower rate – to take Rousell’s spot. I know Antoine Roussel was a fan favorite who had some nice moments in a Stars sweater, but Comeau is an upgrade. He can do everything that Roussel does but stays out of the box and scores more consistently. He should move to the Faksa-Pitlick line once Val Nichushkin comes back.
Brandon and Brian Discuss Captains
Brandon: Who would you rather have as a captain – Brenden Morrow or Jamie Benn?
Brian: Great question. I think Benn is a better player but Morrow was a better captain. It’s not really an argument at this point because Morrow had more playoff success and carried that 2008 team. That was the closest to the Stanley Cup this franchise has been in the last 18 years. I think Benn makes for a good captain in today’s game though. Fans like a captain who fires them up but players in all sports hate being yelled at and hate being told what to do. I think the quiet, lead-by-example style is what most players seem to prefer. Plus Jamie plays a loud game on the ice.
Lauren and Brian Discuss Politics
Lauren: Hi Brian, this is Lauren volunteering with Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for U.S. Senate. We’re contacting voters about the upcoming Senate election in November. Can Beto O’Rourke count on your vote?
Brian: Ha, why are you trying to get me in trouble with half of my friends, Lauren? Go Stars!
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Brian Roe is the founder and lead writer of The Roe Report. He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars and has been a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, NHL Intel, and more. Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.