Dallas Stars negotiating to move training camp to Prince Edward Island

The Dallas Stars are certainly in a state of flux lately, as the team
struggles with a restrictive internal budget as they work to transition
to Joe Nieuwendyk’s and Marc Crawford’s new system. With the team in he
midst of a sale, it’s also unlikely that the team is able to use that
cap space to upgrade the team over what they had on the ice last season.

So
after two straight seasons of missing the playoffs, it’s unlikely the
team will appear much different next season — other than in net, of
course.

The Stars are also fighting for relevancy in the Dallas
area, with the Cowboys, Rangers and Mavericks all experiencing recent
success. One thing the Stars have always had for the fans is
accessibility, especially during training camp. That has helped to keep
relations with the fans alive and well, despite the frustrations of
recent years.

However, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas
Morning News and The Guardian, the Stars are looking at moving at least
parts of their training camp to Prince Edward Island:

When contacted on
Friday morning, Long
said he wasn’t in a position to confirm anything yet.

“We hope to have
some closure to this situation in another two or three
weeks,’ Long said. The City of Charlottetown made a formal proposal to
the Stars
organization earlier this year to have the NHL organization move part of
its training camp to the Island capital.

Brad
Gardner of Defending Big D is feeling a bit greedy, and isn’t exactly
happy with the news:

This move will take what has been a
celebration of the return of
hockey amongst the faithful in Dallas away from the fans, and of course,
Defending Big D. In a town where hockey is a fourth rate sport, it’s
profile will be reduced even further by having the athletes 2,362 miles
away (Thanks, Google.)

Needless to say, if this comes to pass it is disappointing to us
here, who can’t exactly afford to get on a plane to Prince Edward Island
for a week. It is not uncommon to have training camps away from home,
of course. Baseball teams and football teams do it most commonly and the
Stars used to go to Colorado for a number of years.

Still, he
notes that perhaps it will be good for the team to get away for camp
after a number of seasons of very slow starts. It’s also important to
note that the entire camp won’t be on PEI; training camp begins on
September 17th and the first preseason game is on September 21st in
Dallas. So perhaps the Stars will open camp for the first few days up in
Canada before moving back to Dallas.

It’s also a good way to get
some great PR up in Canada, especially considering that Brad Richards
and Steve Ott are both PEI natives. So while the Stars fans will be
angry that portions of camp will be away from Dallas, it’s not as bad as
it initially sounds.

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    Devils unveil ‘The Salute’ statue in honor of Martin Brodeur

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    The New Jersey Devils on Monday unveiled ‘The Salute’ — a statue paying homage to one of the greatest goalies in NHL history, Martin Brodeur, who will have his No. 30 uniform retired Tuesday at Prudential Center.

    “Looking at the pictures of my career and some of the events that meant a lot to me, I always saluted the fans,” Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Devils, told the Fire and Ice blog.

    “That picture, at different times, in different jerseys, actually, like with Team Canada, it all came to that same pose.”

    More on the statue from the Devils:

    The 900-pound bronze statue was created by renowned sculpture and artist Jon Krawczyk, who worked with Brodeur on the design. Krawczyk, a Boonton Township, N.J. native and lifelong Devils fan, who also created the hockey statue on Championship Plaza outside of Prudential Center, personally drove “The Salute” from his Malibu, Cali. studio to the arena late last week.

    Video: Panthers furious after Abdelkader ‘cheap shot’ hit on Barkov

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    The Florida Panthers are fuming after their skilled 20-year-old forward Aleksander Barkov left Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings following a hit from Justin Abdelkader.

    Abdelkader caught Barkov with a hard hit near the goal line as the Panthers player tried to move the puck up ice early in the second period.

    The only call on the play was to Panthers’ blue liner Alex Petrovic for the retaliatory cross check on Abdelkader. Barkov left the game and didn’t return with an upper-body injury.

    Members of the Panthers irate with the hit, and the fact there was no call.

    “It was a cheap hit, I don’t know how the ref didn’t call it,” Nick Bjugstad told the Miami Herald. “It was frustrating, the whole bench felt that way. We’re not happy with it. It turned the game around. Barkov has tough shoes to fill. It looked pretty serious. We’ll see how the league handles it and I think they will. I just don’t know how it wasn’t handled on the ice.”

    “You hate to lose your top player, but that’s part of the game,” added Panthers’ head coach Gerard Gallant.

    “We’re disappointed to lose him. I thought it was a cheap shot but the referees didn’t see it that way and explained to me it was a clean check. It’s tough. It happens quick and we get to see the replay. I think it’ll be looked at. [Abdelkader] left his feet a little and got him in the jaw.”

    The Panthers gave up three goals in the third period in a 3-0 loss to the Red Wings.

    Penguins thump the Ducks as Crosby’s hot streak continues

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    In a meeting between two clubs enjoying hot streaks and their own subsequent climbs through the standings, the Pittsburgh Penguins bested the Anaheim Ducks courtesy another dominant Sidney Crosby performance on Monday.

    After that slow start, Crosby has put together a growing number of dominant performances of late.

    The latest, a four-point night, helped the Penguins to a 6-2 final over the Ducks, stopping Anaheim’s winning streak at six games.

    — He extended his scoring streak to a career best seven games, and did so with two beauty goals versus the Ducks.

    — From Dec. 18 to Feb. 8, he’s appeared in 21 games. In that span, he’s recorded 34 points.

    — Crosby is now into the top five among NHL players in points, with 53 in 51 games this season.

    He wasn’t the only Pittsburgh player to have a big night. Keep in mind, Evgeni Malkin wasn’t even in the lineup due to a lower-body injury.

    Ten different Penguins players recorded points. In addition to Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang had multi-point efforts, and four players — Kunitz, Crosby, Olli Maatta and Patric Hornqvist — were plus-four.

    The Penguins now move into third in the Metropolitan Division, while the New York Islanders slip into the first Wild Card spot in the East. Pittsburgh’s lead over the Islanders, however, is only one point.

    The Islanders also have a game in hand.

    Panthers’ Barkov (upper-body injury) leaves game versus Red Wings

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    The Florida Panthers will be without Aleksander Barkov for the remainder of their game versus the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

    As per multiple reports, Barkov will not return due to an upper-body injury suffered after a hit from Justin Abdelkader early in the second period.

    Abdelkader wasn’t given a penalty on the play. Barkov didn’t play another shift after that hit.

    In 42 games this season, the 20-year-old Barkov has 16 goals and 35 points.