The NHL Board of Governors Wednesday unanimously ratified the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players’ Association. The NHLPA is expected to conduct its vote on ratification on Friday and Saturday.
Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi released this statement after the board vote.
“To our sponsors, broadcast partners, and most importantly, our loyal fans and season seat holders, we cannot overstate how much we appreciate the incredible patience you have shown throughout this entire process. We’re obviously thrilled that the National Hockey League Board of Governors ratified this deal, and that Dallas Stars hockey will be back on the ice very soon. The new agreement, once ratified by the Players’ Association, will offer long-term stability to our league, and most importantly, will feature many specific elements that will level the playing field across the league. Now we can turn the page and move forward with our plans to mold the Stars into the elite NHL franchise our fans are accustomed to supporting.”
Gulutzan waits on training camp
Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan has a plan for training camp, but he’s making adjustments to it depending on when he thinks camp might start. He was hoping for camp to start on Saturday, but that’s looking unlikely.
“We don’t expect a Saturday start now, we’re kind of thinking of a Sunday start,” Gulutzan said Wednesday. “The only question in our mind is if that Sunday start is just physicals or is it on the ice, that is the biggest thing.”
One advantage the Stars may have with the shorter camp, is that it appears they will open at home. The word is their first game will be at American Airlines Center on Saturday, January 19.
“I’d really like to start at home,” Gulutzan said. “With the limited practice time, not going on the road for that first game would be beneficial. We are hoping we are a home team on Saturday.”
Goligoski, Daley, Nystrom latest players to arrive
The locker room at the Stars’ practice facility is becoming a little more crowded, and a little louder as more players arrive each day. Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley and Eric Nystrom were the latest to arrive and skate with their teammates.
“Feels good, feels good to see some familiar faces you haven’t seen in a while,” said Goligoski. “It’s good to get back out there with the guys. An exciting drive down, get some butterflies and get excited for the season schedule.”
Nystrom made arrived in Dallas Tuesday night following a long trip from Norway, where he played during the lockout. The Stars forward said he has missed the NHL on a couple of levels.
“I missed the guys, I missed watching the games on TV. I am a huge fan of the game, I love watching it,” Nystrom said. “It was frustrating. I never thought it was going to last as long as it did. It’s really unfortunate, it’s not great for the game, we all feel terrible it happened. Hopefully that can be swept under the rug and we can move on, and put a great product on the ice.”
Turco skates with Stars
Former Stars goaltender Marty Turco was in the net for the players’ skate in Frisco on Wednesday. Turco manned the net at one end, and Richard Bachman was in goal at the other end.
“It was fun,” said Turco. “The atmosphere of being here with these guys is one of those things you always miss.”
Turco said he’s moved back to Dallas to be around the organization and could be doing some TV work for the Stars.
“Help out with the pregame and postgame type stuff,” Turco said. “The most important thing for me is getting back around the arenas and the staffs, and helping out any which way we can.”