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Report: It’s Tom Gaglardi or bust for sale of the Stars

The Dallas Stars sale is a one man race as Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi is reported to be the only person to put a bid in for the team. Forbes.com’s Mike Ozanian reports that while the process for bids on the team was open to anyone willing to throw in on them, Gaglardi was the only guy to do so.

The process of selling the team is an exhaustive one but one that has a simple and eventual finish. While the team will be put through the bankruptcy process thanks to former owner Tom Hicks being terrible about managing his properties, the eventual end game here is that Gaglardi will buy the team and allow the Stars to operate like a normal franchise again instead of like the apprentice to the Coyotes.

The final sale price for the Stars is set to be around $260-$270 million which will take care of their debts, Hicks’ other issues, as well as half the price for American Airlines Arena where the Stars play. That’s a lot of hooch for a hockey team but in the case of the Stars, getting their ownership stuff figured out and allowing them to operate normally should help bring the rabid Stars fanbase back.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?