Top 10 Dallas Stars players of all time: No. 9 Darryl Sydor

Top 10 Dallas Stars players of all time: No. 9 Darryl Sydor | Dallas Stars Blog

The Stars next season will celebrate 20 years in Dallas, so staff writer Mike Heika takes a look at the Top 10 players who have worn the green, black and gold.

9. Darryl Sydor – He and Zubov played a lot of games together, and Sydor ranks 11th all-time in Stars history in games played at 714. Included in that run with Dallas were two trips to the All-Star Game (1998 and 1999). He finished with 99 playoff appearances for the Stars, and he finished with four trips to the Stanley Cup Final in his career (also with Los Angeles in 1993 and with Tampa Bay in 2004 — he won the Cup with the Lightning).

Twenty years in Dallas. Well that just flew by. In the pre-bloggy days when Sydor was with the Kings, he seemed to get a lot of grief from fans who wanted too much from him, too soon. And his trade to Dallas for two knuckledraggers was the beginning of the fire sale which paved the way for the dark ages of Ferraro, Yachmanev and Burger King jerseys.

2/18/1996 LA Times (Lisa Dillman) — Kings Trade Sydor for Two Tough Guys

[…] The Kings traded defenseman Darryl Sydor and a fifth-round draft pick in 1996 to the Dallas Stars […] for defenseman Doug Zmolek, 25, and right wing Shane Churla, 30. Sydor, who had been the subject of trade rumors recently, had been wildly inconsistent since his promising rookie year when the Kings went to the Stanley Cup finals in 1992-93. King Coach Larry Robinson quickly grew frustrated with him this season, calling him a “time bomb.”

“It’s not a relief,” said Sydor, a first-round pick in 1990. “[…] I knew it was going to happen, but I didn’t want it to happen. They wanted to get more character players in here, but I believe in myself as a character player.”

Zmolek, 6 feet 2, 220 pounds, a first-round pick in 1989, is a solid, stay-at-home defenseman. […] Churla, 6-1, 210, a noted enforcer, has had memorable fights with King defenseman Marty McSorley. […]

Robinson, when asked whether Churla’s arrival would pave the way for McSorley’s departure, said: ‘That’s not the case. What it does is put less emphasis on Marty and Barry Potomski and Shane. It gives us overall better toughness.”

Ah, but it was the case. Gretzky was traded within two weeks for a bunch of nothing and two weeks after that McSorley was shipped out, along with Churla and Jari Kurri, to New York for Ian Laperriere and Mattias Norstrom.


  5 comments for “Top 10 Dallas Stars players of all time: No. 9 Darryl Sydor

  1. Dan H.
    July 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    wow…the dark days of being a Kings fan. I remember when Gretz was traded and I was pissed. I hoped he’d do well but you could see the Kings swirling the bowl and sure enough they pulled the lever and let it all drain away. That was the decade of trading away your draft picks and bringing in the third line “journeymen character guys”.
    It was hard being a fan back then but it paid off in the long run and someone finally had the patience and know how to do it right…thank you Dean Lombardi.

  2. pautna
    July 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    was the beginning of the fire sale which paved the way for the dark ages of Ferraro, Yachmanev and Burger King jerseys.” This made me cringe.

    I also remember the hopeless and empty feeling I had when Gretz was traded. I just knew we were in for a long haul. And watching the championship blu-ray reminded me that the Kings went 18 freakin’ years without going to the playoffs! Long haul indeed. I had forgotten about that thanks to Lombardi and now the cup! :-)

    • Garrett79
      July 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      It was 19 years without getting back to the Finals. Since the 1993 run, the Kings have made the playoffs in:
      •1998 (swept in first round)
      •2000 (swept in first round)
      •2001 (lost second round in 7 games to eventual Cup winning Avalanche after upsetting favored Detroit in first round), and
      •2002 (lost first round in 7)
      •before the last three years featuring another pair of first round exits and this year’s STANLEY FRIGGIN’ CUP CHAMPIONSHIP.

  3. July 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Barry Potomski… Now there is a long and obscure branch off of Memory Lane….

  4. BringBackTheShieldJersey
    July 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    The Kings do have some great historical moments, but, by and large, taking a trip down Memory Lane is a painful experience.

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