Monday’s training camp session in Frisco seemed pretty routine, until news broke that defenseman Mark Fistric had been traded to the Edmonton Oilers for a third round draft pick in 2013.
Players found out about a deal just after coming off the ice.
“He was a great kid, great player for our team. We obviously wish him all the best. He became a pretty good friend of mine,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “It’s upsetting to see when friends leave, because as much as they are teammates they become friends, too. I found out about 30 seconds ago. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him or say goodbye to him, but that’s the first call I’ll make when I leave.”
Fistric, who took part in practice on Monday, was taken in the first round (28th overall) of the 2004 draft. He played in 257 games with the Stars, registering 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) and 220 penalty minutes. He led Stars defensemen with 235 hits last season.
“It’s a tough one, obviously, for a coach because we build relationships with these guys and he was a good hockey player. He was a great human being. We’re going to miss him, but it is part of the game,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “It opens the door for some of our young guys to step in and play a prominent role. If you think about it, it hasn’t happened here in a while. We’ve got two spots to fill with two players.”
Those two players are Jordie Benn and Brenden Dillon, who have been playing with the Texas Stars this season and both are in training camp. The two came into camp vying for the seventh defenseman spot, but now one of them will be suiting up for opening night.
“For sure, one of them is,” said Gulutzan.
Texas Stars are in town, will take part in scrimmage Tuesday
Several Texas Stars players were at the practice facility on Monday. Among those watching Dallas’ practice were Jamie Oleksiak, Jack Campbell, Patrik Nemeth, Matt Fraser, Toby Petersen, Travis Morin and Texas captain Maxime Fortunus.
The Texas players will join Dallas players for a scrimmage on Tuesday. Gulutzan said about 90 percent of the Texas players will take part.
“We’re going to mix our teams up,” Gulutzan said. “We’re going to do a five-on-five portion and then turn it into a power play portion. Specialty teams are going to be important. We’ve had a practice with the power play and a little bit with our PK, now we want to get it live-action. We’ll play half the game five-on-five and then start calling some random penalties and give guys power play opportunities. “
Gulutzan said he’ll have to rework his defensive pairs now that Mark Fistric has been traded to Edmonton. Fistric had been skating with Philip Larsen the first two days of camp.
The practice lineup was the same on Monday as it was on Sunday. The Stars also did some power play work Monday, that lineup is listed below as well.
Power play units