Tag: Tom Gaglardi

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PHT Morning Skate: In which Matt Duchene is a real team guy


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Matt Duchene apparently took a two-year contract so as to motivate himself and help the team. What year is this again? (All Things Avs)

Stars owner Tom Gaglardi says there won’t be anything holding him back in free agency this summer. (Dallas Morning News)

Lubomir Visnovsky might stay in Europe rather than play for the Islanders? Hoo boy. (Islanders Point Blank)

Oilers third-round pick Danil Zharkov thinks he can outplay first overall choice Nail Yakupov. Well then. (Edmonton Journal)

The Blue Jackets fired four scouts. I didn’t think their draft was that bad. (Columbus Dispatch)

Jeremy Roenick was a big fan of Chicago’s draft. The Hawks picking his nephew may have something to do with that. (Chicago Tribune)

The Blues’ draft this year saw them go big. Like everyone being 6’2″ or taller big. (Post-Dispatch)

Damien Cox sees some headaches in trying to get Roberto Luongo to Toronto. (Toronto Star)

Rick Nash apparently won’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Ottawa. Welp. (Senators Extra)

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Kings look to get back on the horse

Phoenix Coyotes v Los Angeles Kings - Game Four

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Kings are focusing in on what they need to do to finish off the Coyotes. Actually doing it may prove to be a bit more difficult. (L.A. Times)

The Coyotes could use a boost from Radim Vrbata in Game 5. He’s been a little too quiet in this series. (NHL.com)

Bob McKenzie says the Rangers defense let them down in Game 4. Their offense was rather putrid too. (TSN)

It’s been a long time coming for Adrian Aucoin to make an appearance in the conference finals. (NHL.com)

You can add Shawn Thornton’s name to the list of players who said they’d happily accept a gay teammate. (CSNNE.com)

Sheldon Souray would love to remain a Dallas Stars defenseman next season. (Stars)

Meanwhile, the Stars are really good about playing things smart and that’s thanks to owner Tom Gaglardi. (Angus Certified)

Dennis Wideman says he wants to stay in Washington but that might not happen with free agency looming this summer. (CSNWashington.com)

The Oilers’ coaching search is moving slowly and assistant coach Kelly Buchberger is sweating out whether he’ll be back or not. (Edmonton Journal)

The Hurricanes signed a pair of younger players in Bobby Sanguinetti and Nicolas Blanchard. (News & Observer)

The Flyers signed a pair of players for depth in the organization. (Broad Street Hockey)

St. Louis signed 2010 draft pick defenseman Jani Hakanpaa. (Post-Dispatch)

The Memorial Cup is roaring along in the CHL with lots of possibilities yet to be decided. (Buzzing The Net)

Stars owner guarantees Gulutzan and Nieuwendyk return next year

Jim Lites, Tom Gaglardi, Joe Nieuwendyk
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Stars owner Tom Gaglardi may not have fully enjoyed his first season at the helm of the team. Missing the playoffs is a tough pill to swallow and after the team just barely missed out two seasons in a row, it would be easy to get discouraged.

In a Q&A with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Gaglardi says GM Joe Nieuwendyk and coach Glen Gulutzan have absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to their jobs.

“There is absolutely no chance that Joe and Gully aren’t back. Joe has his mandate, and he needs time to make it work, and I don’t think he’s had that time yet. I agree with Joe’s strategy and vision, so there is harmony there…It’s Joe’s decision on Gully, but I like what Gully has done too, and I believe there is support there for him.”

Gaglardi tells Heika that he likes stability and keeping the same crew around to do their jobs is the way to go. While it’s easy to look at the Stars’ results the last two years and see missed playoffs and cast judgment upon that, there’s more below the surface in Dallas. Player development is strong and a lot of the talent on the team is young.

Gaglardi says the Stars are one really good forward and defenseman away from being contenders. With an owner in place, the pressure is on Nieuwendyk to go and get those guys this summer with Gaglardi’s wallet available to him.

Stars should learn from Sabres’ free-spending blunders

Edmonton Oilers v Dallas Stars

Times have been pretty lean for the Dallas Stars franchise ever since Tom Hicks spread his (former) sports empire a little too thin. The impact of those times can be seen in the often-barren stands during games that aren’t against marquee teams like tonight’s match with the Pittsburgh Penguins (currently on NBC Sports Network).

This statement will probably raise some eyebrows considering box office woes and a playoff drought, then: the Stars have done a lot of right amid all their marketplace struggles.

With Brad Richards’ robust contract off the books, the Stars’ roster is a model of efficiency:

  • All-Star-caliber forward Loui Eriksson is making a bargain $4.25 million per year through 2015-16, easily on my short list of the best deals in the league.
  • Kari Lehtonen is one of the most leaned-upon and valuable goalies in the NHL, yet he’s making a relative pittance at $3.55 million cap hit-wise.
  • In a league full of expensive blueline collections, the Stars’ highest paid guys are Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley at a reasonable $3.33 million per season.
  • Mike Ribeiro might float here and there and Brenden Morrow hasn’t been healthy this year, but they’re still two quality forwards who are making exactly what they should be.
  • Joe Nieuwendyk’s off-season moves have been deft strokes of bargain basement genius.

Michael Ryder has been a fantastic fit in a straightforward sniping role. Eric Nystrom will be a villain in Pittsburgh after his hit on Kris Letang (more on that very soon), but he’s been a huge waiver wire steal. Sheldon Souray, Vernon Fiddler and even Radek Dvorak have all been useful-to-fantastic here and there.

Room to improve

Naturally, things aren’t perfect in Dallas or the team wouldn’t be in another tooth-and-nail struggle for the playoffs.

That cheap defense will get more expensive when Alex Goligoski’s $4.6 million cap hit kicks in and they need a little of everything in that area. Jamie Benn will cost a ton of cash to re-sign after a gutty, impressive All-Star season. One way or another, the Stars need to find a way to re-gain the hearts of fickle Dallas sports fans.

(My suggestion: make everyone wear Mike Modano masks!)

Keep the trigger finger from getting too itchy

Still, hopefully having a more stable ownership situation won’t equal the kind of spending sprees that GM Joe Nieuwendyk has skillfully avoided in his underrated time in Dallas.

Nieuwendyk and new owner Tom Gaglardi need only to look to Terry Pegula’s ill-fated shopping frenzy as evidence that you don’t have to spend all that new money in one place.

PHT Morning Skate: Welcome back Thomas Vanek

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Thomas Vanek’s return to action last night was more than worthwhile for the Sabres. (Buffalo News)

Drew Doughty is loving life under Darryl Sutter. (Globe And Mail)

Patrik Berglund is starting to feel comfortable in his own skin again in St. Louis. (Post-Dispatch)

New Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is working hard to make the team more appealing to more people. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

Jeff Petry a top four defenseman in Edmonton? The Oilers think he’ll be one. (Edmonton Sun)

Former Boston University star and Predators forward Colin Wilson loves going back to Boston to soak in old glories. (Tennessean)

Teemu Selanne was happy to give kudos to fellow Finn Valtteri Filppula. (Detroit Free Press)

Byron Bitz is becoming popular rather quickly in Vancouver. (Globe And Mail)

Kyle Clifford would like to be more than a fighter for the L.A. Kings. (L.A. Times)

Nordiques Nation is making another visit but to… Ottawa? Move the Senators! (Ottawa Sun)

Tim Connolly isn’t having a season to remember. (Toronto Sun)