Belfour leaves Stars after 'disagreement'

Belfour leaves Stars after `disagreement' with coach

Ed Belfour left the Dallas Stars after the goalie and coach Ken Hitchcock had a "disagreement over Belfour's participation in Saturday's pre-game optional practice."

The Stars issued a statement before Saturday night's 4-0 victory over the Boston Bruins stating that general manager Bob Gainey would not comment until the team is finished collecting information. The statement said Gainey has requested that Hitchcock not comment.

"Right now, it is out of our control," said Stars captain Derian Hatcher. "It is between Bob Gainey and Eddie, but it is safe to say that for the rest of this road trip, Marty Turco is our No. 1 goalie."

Turco started against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, recorded his first career shutout, and has won three straight starts for Dallas.

To replace Belfour, Dallas recalled Rick Tabaracci under emergency conditions from Utah of the International Hockey League.

"We don't talk about it," Stars forward Brett Hull said. "If you have any brains at all, then you know dealing with this stuff completely blindsided us."

Belfour, who played Thursday night in the Stars' 4-2 loss in Detroit, is 16-11-4 this season with seven shutout and a 2.13 goals-against average. Belfour helped the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999, and won the Vezina Trophy for Chicago in 1991 and 1993 as the NHL's top goalie.

"This team has gone through a lot of adversity over the past few years and will continue to because it is a part of the game," Hitchcock said. "We are pretty lucky right now because, in Tabaracci, we have the hottest goalie in the IHL who is joining us."