According to Erik Erlendsson’s blog, Smitty will be getting the start tonight against the Wild and Jussi will be playing wing on the top line with St. Louis and Lecavalier. They’re not sure where Halpern will be on the lines tonight. I’m glad Smitty and Jussi are getting these opportunities on the new team, but I do feel bad for Halpern. I don’t think he was included in the trade for any reason except to move some salary. I wish him the best of luck finding another really nice hotel to live in and all. They should try him out on the PK since he did so well in Dallas with Ott.
I haven’t been able to find a press conference for the new Tampa guys (which still really hurts to say, by the way). We really are spoiled with how many quality news sources we have for the Stars. I know Tampa is a small market team, but Dallas isn’t the typical hockey hotbed either.
Halpern has an assist on the first Tampa goal. Man, I really wish I had Center Ice online. I’ll definitely be getting that next year. He also had the 2nd goal for the Lightning and ended up being the 1st star of the game. I hope this continues for him…
The final score: Tampa loses 3-2, Halpern gets #1 star for his assist and a goal. The funny thing is, in Dallas, this would be just a normal day at the office for Halpy. Hopefully he will continue to succeed there. Jussi had a decent game playing on the top line with Lecavalier and St. Louis, but that wasn’t too fruitful tonight. Word is, the Tampa D-men really screwed this one up for Smitty; they apparently didn’t know how to handle him handling the puck.