Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi was at the team’s practice in Farmers Branch Sunday morning. He was preaching patience despite last night’s 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines, which he witnessed firsthand.
Gaglardi, when asked if he would consider any changes to the organization at this point in time, answered with one word.
“No,” he said.
Asked if he believed in patience, again it was a one word reply.
“Strongly,” he said.
On last night’s game, Gaglardi offered this assessment.
“I don’t know that we’ve been playing the right way for a few games now,” Gaglardi said. “I think we got lucky to win some games, and some games we played very well. Certainly our lack of discipline and carelessness with the puck really was exposed last night, and a good team made us pay and really embarrassed us in our own building.
“I’ve been around the game my whole life, I’ve been involved in a difficult turnaround with my junior team and you have some awful dark days, dark periods. I think there are times where patience is required. Often, if you stick with things, when you come out of them you look back at times like that and say thank goodness I was patient. I think it is up to management to try to figure out how to get playing the way we know we can play, and we’ve got a good chunk of the season left to do that.”
The Stars held a pretty brisk practice in Farmers Branch Sunday. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said the team met prior to practice as well.
What was said in the meeting?
Gulutzan’s reply: “Where are we going? Where are we going as a team? Are we going to get all hands on deck and move forward or are we going to sit back and take it? Are we going to unite or are we going to fragment? That was basically it. … This is a good group and I have full confidence this group is going to come together.”
Players talked about putting last night’s game behind them and moving forward, but to take some lessons out of it as well.
“You don’t want that to happen but sometimes you need a slap in the face to remind you that you are headed in the wrong direction,” said defenseman Stephane Robidas.
As far as on the ice, Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney and Ryan Garbutt did not skate. It was a maintenance day for both Benn and Whitney.
Benn is still dealing with the wrist injury that kept him out a couple games.
“He’s progressing, but he played at 75-80 percent last night. If we can get him to 90 percent for Monday, that’s what we need to do,” said Gulutzan. “He’ll be able to play. It’s no worse, so he’ll be able to play a game. But at some point we’re going to have to make a decision if we need a few more days.”
Garbutt, who missed last night’s game with a hand injury, is doubtful for Monday.
Texas Stars forward Luke Gazdic, who is rehabbing a hand injury in Dallas, skated with the team this morning.