We’re seeing statements about the lockout coming from the players as well as the league, but maybe singularly the owners can help calm things down. They could at least if they were like Stars owner Tom Gaglardi.
Gaglardi posted a letter to Stars fans on the team’s website and while he explains the situation, he sticks to the message that the Stars will be back and he’ll keep trying to make them better while keeping the cost to go to games down.
We appreciate our fans, and your continued commitment to the Stars. We ask for your patience as the owners and players work together to establish a new agreement that is mutually beneficial to the future of hockey and the Dallas Stars.
He also mentions how he’s lowered ticket prices across the board to help make games more affordable. Considering the team’s slumping attendance even before the lockout, that’s a good plan.
One thing’s for sure, playing nice with the fans in markets that were struggling before the lockout is a really good idea.
New Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is heading into his first summer of free agency. While the team is in a bit of transition, especially after dealing Mike Ribeiro to Washington, he tells Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News they’ll be in on plenty of free agents starting July 1.
“We’re definitely adjusting, so we don’t have a budget yet, but we’re prepared to be in there on any player,” Gaglardi said. “We want to be smart, and we want to build the team for the long-term, to be a long-term winner, but we also know that we have free agency and we have trades, and we have to be prepared to use both of them to get better. There’s a reason for free agency, and it can help you get better without giving up assets.”
The Stars have had to be quiet the last few summers thanks to their ownership situation being up in the air. Now with Gaglardi in place, normalcy can come back to Dallas.
Don’t expect rampant free-wheeling, however, as Gaglardi isn’t expected to be at all like former owner Tom Hicks. Dallas would ideally like to get in on the hunt for Ryan Suter, but going up against the likes of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and others they’ll have stiff competition.
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)