Looking back, it's tough to articulate just how much Eddie Belfour meant to DFW in the latter part of the 1990's.
Andy Moog had long been a fan favorite, the only starting goaltender the Stars had known since the North Stars moved, but after his departure in the spring of 1997 it became clear the team needed to make an aggressive move to become the contender they were building themselves up to become.
Belfour came with plenty of drama and baggage. He'd developed a reputation as a crazed goaltender who wasn't friendly with the media and who had clashed with two of his backups -- including Dominik Hasek. Perhaps a bit more concerning was Belfour's reputation as a goaltender who folded in the clutch and who was unable to lead his team in the postseason. Plenty of risks, and upside, were apparent with Belfour from the start.
Yet Belfour was exactly what the Dallas Stars needed to complete the vision that Mr. Gainey had for the championship-caliber team he wanted to build. The goaltender fit perfectly into Coach's vision as a fearless and speed-driven offensive minded hockey team. Cheers to The Eagle.