Sunday practice update: Gulutzan talks Roussel decision

After taking Saturday off, the Dallas Stars were back on the ice in Frisco Sunday morning for a full practice.

“We got a full practice in with some power play in it,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We’ll try to ramp up the tempo even a little higher tomorrow, and decrease some of the duration as we get ready to go to Edmonton.”

The Stars play at Edmonton Tuesday, kicking off a three-game road trip that will see them play at Calgary on Wednesday and then finish the trip off in Vancouver on Friday.

Right wing Michael Ryder did not skate Sunday.

“He needed another maintenance day here,” Gulutzan said. “We fully expect him to be ready to go on Tuesday.”

Tom Wandell took Ryder’s place on a line with Loui Eriksson and Derek Roy during Sunday’s practice.

With Antoine Roussel sent back to the AHL, Ryan Garbutt took Roussel’s spot on a line with Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler.

Gulutzan was asked about the decision to send Roussel back to the Texas Stars.

“We just thought he could play some down there, and he’s still got things to learn at this level,” Gulutzan said. “We wanted to get him back down there and playing.”

Asked if Roussel taking a bad penalty in the second period of Friday’s game against the Ducks had anything to do with the decision to send him down, Gulutzan had this to say.

“All our guys have to be disciplined,” said Gulutzan. “Did that have anything with him going down? There are still things he needs to learn. We have to be a disciplined team, not just Roussel. That’s the whole group.”

Gulutzan said the Stars could bring someone up from the AHL in the next few days, but they do have enough forwards right now.

Practice lineup

Morrow-Benn-Jagr
Eriksson-Roy-Wandell
Smith-Eakin-Vincour
Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt

Dillon-Robidas
Rome-Daley
Goligoski-Oleksiak
Larsen

Lehtonen
Bachman

Maintenance: Ryder
Injured: Whitney (foot)

One Response to “Sunday practice update: Gulutzan talks Roussel decision”

  1. the decision to change things up is going to screw up the little chemistry this team has ! why do this right now while the team is on a winning streak ? this is just piss poor coaching and it needs to be adressed ! in its own, wandell has not done anything for this club so why bring him in ? may as well give glennie a shot and or chaisson or fraser ! vincour ? garbutt ? not impressed with this club’s coaching and management decision’s what so ever and please send robidas and goligoski packing for maybe a couple of 8th rounders and count your losses niewendyk

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