Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barnes moves behind the bench

The Dallas Stars announced today that center Stu Barnes has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after a 16-year career, and has signed a two-year contract to join the Stars’ coaching staff as an assistant coach. In addition, the club announced two-year contract extensions for Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb, whose contracts were set to expire after the 2008-09 season and will now reach through 2010-11.

“We congratulate Stu on an outstanding playing career and we are very excited that he will now join our coaching staff,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Stu was a consummate professional on and off the ice throughout his career, and was the type of player who always exhibited the qualities you would associate with a future coach. Stu will be an excellent addition to our staff, which we feel is among the best in the league. Rick (Wilson) has played a major role in building the Stars franchise into the perennial contender that it is today. We believe Mark Lamb is one of the top young assistants in the game and a major asset to our organization.”
>> team release
Barnes was still a decent utility player for the Stars, but this had been rumoured for some time. My guess is he'll be coaching things like the penalty kill.

Barnes played in 1,136 regular season games and had 261 goals — 50 of which were game winners. He was tied for 10th among active players with 11 game-winning goals in the playoffs.

“I was truly fortunate to play as long as I did, and I knew this was the time for me to wrap up my playing days,” said Barnes. “A great opportunity to become an assistant coach was presented to me by the Stars, and I look forward to making that transition and learning a new part of the game.”



At 11:46 a.m., August 28, 2008, Anonymous Flicktron said...

It sucks that he retired.

I've followed Stu's career since he first started and he's been nothing but a good player and a great person off the ice.

It's good that he got a coaching gig, because I think he'll do well. He's got time to grow as a coach as well.

At 12:43 p.m., August 28, 2008, Anonymous jamiebez said...

And another ex-Winnipeg Jet bites the dust...

With Barnes and Dallas Drake hanging 'em up this offseason, that leaves Selanne (assuming he's back), Tkachuk, Numminen, Draper, Khabibulin, and Doan.

At 1:35 p.m., August 28, 2008, Blogger Hooks Orpik said...

Stu Barnes played the game the way it was meant to be played...Always good to see one of the smaller guys gut out such a successful professional career.

Hopefully one day he wins the Cup in a coaching role that alluded him as a player.

At 5:11 p.m., August 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barnes most likely replaces Ulf Dahlen in their coaching staff which was coaching from press box.

Brian Killer Kilrea used to say "why would number one coach take advice from number three guy?" This was of course 20 yrs. ago but it's still relevant because too many NHL teams are over coached.

At 5:09 a.m., August 29, 2008, Blogger Old said...

I am sure they said it from every arena at which Stu wore the home team sweater, but here is one last 'Stuuuuuuu' from someone who said it at the Mellon Arena.

At 9:52 p.m., August 31, 2008, Blogger Hawerchuk said...

In all, an impressive career for a guy who wasn't getting a regular shift with the 1994 Jets. My memories are hazy, but I recall Mike Smith not thinking Barnes would stick in the league...


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