The Worst is Yet to Come for Stars?

Doug Armstrong's still the Stars' GM, far as the team's Web site is concerned.

So, Tom Hicks finally figured out what the rest of hockeydom's known for ages: The Dallas Stars need a change. So he's fired general manager Doug Armstrong, which is a start. But folks who know hockey -- which is to say, Canadians -- think Hicks hasn't done enough. Wonders Eric Duhatschek on The Globe and Mail's Hockey Blog, why didn't Hicks can coach Dave Tippett, who helped get this team to an underwhelming 7-7-3 -- including that dreadful loss to the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night, during which Dallas blew a 4-0 lead going into the third period? Because, writes Duhatschek, firing Armstrong ain't gonna help much in the near future:

Whoever inherits the team is going to find that the future isn’t exactly all that bright. No. 1 draft choices in 2007 and 2008 were traded away for Ladislav Nagy and Mattias Norstrom respectively. Nagy left as a free agent; Norstrom is 35 and currently on the injured list. The Stars remind you of the New York Islanders of the mid-to-late 1980s, a decent team whose best days are behind them

Wake me when Tom Hicks fires Tom Hicks. --Robert Wilonsky

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