When Ken Hitchcock took over the head coaching job in Dallas, the Stars employed Andy Moog and Darcy Wakaluk in goal. The following year (96-97) it was Moog solo and the famous Marchant goal ended their season in the first round.
On July 2, 1997 Dallas signed Ed Belfour. Dallas General Manager Bob Gainey acquired a challenging and brilliant talent-and a key player in the Stars Stanley Cup victory in 1999.
Hitchcock won his Stanley the third time he took Dallas to the playoffs, and that's where he is with the Blues this year. As Richard Cloutier reports here the deal made today with Buffalo brings in goalie Ryan Miller (the new Belfour) and Steve Ott (a grizzled veteran, just the type Hitch prefers).
The Blues paid in full, and then some. If they can't sign Miller (Cloutier suggests the only way you make this deal is if Miller's future in St. Louis is certain, and I agree) they'll have overpaid by some margin.
If St. Louis wins the Cup, none of it will matter. Ken Hitchcock has climbed the mountain and embraced Stanley. I think he may do it again in 2014.