It's been five years since the Stars burned the bridges with Benn and Seguin, why it all worked in the end
A look back at the most expletive-laden breakdown of top players in franchise history.
In 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River, after doing so he commanded his troops to burn the bridges.
It was a military strategy, it made it difficult for others to follow and took out an exit strategy for his Caesar’s troops. There was no turning back, the bridges have been burned, we move forward.
About 2067 years later I got a text from Dallas Stars head of PR Tom Holy at 9:19 am on Dec. 28, 2018.
It was a text to me, then the Stars beat writer, fellow Stars beat writer Matt DeFranks, and DallasStars.com writer Mike Heika. I still have it saved on my phone.
“Can the three of you be here at 12:15pm today? Jim Lites wants to talk to you three about a General mid-way point state of our team.”
I was the only one of us able to make it.
What transpired next is infamous in Dallas Stars history.
Lites and I sat down, exchanged holiday pleasantries, before he made it clear that this conversation was about his disproval with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. How they were holding the team back, and how their play was similar to horse excrement.