There were just a few guys on the ice Thursday in Frisco and among them was Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, who just got back in town.
“It’s good to be back, around the facilities and in Dallas,” Goligoski said. “Hopefully some more guys show up soon so we can get more guys out there, but it felt good.”
There have been a lot of changes in the offseason and that means a lot of new faces on the roster. The Stars have added defenseman Sergei Gonchar, forwards Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Shawn Horcoff and goaltender Dan Ellis. Goligoski said he is excited about the changes, and can’t wait to get things rolling with his new teammates.
“A lot of guys that are going to help the team,” Goligoski said. “The team is kind of going in a different direction and it’s going to be good. I am excited to get everyone in here, get out on the ice, start working on things and get a bond going.”
Goligoski is familiar with Gonchar. The two played together in Pittsburgh and were members of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship team in 2009. Goligoski said Gonchar should bring a lot to the Stars.
“Leadership and he’s a great player,” Goligoski said. “He does it all. He is one of those players that if he is on your team he makes your team a lot better in the person that he is in the locker room and out on the ice. He’ll be a great addition.”
Goligoski is familiar with Stars new head coach Lindy Ruff as well. He’s never played for Ruff, but Goligoski played against him several times when he was with the Penguins and Ruff was coaching the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference.
“I talked to him on the phone, casual introductions and stuff. I’ve played against his teams a little bit and I know a couple guys who have played for him. I hear nothing but good things,” Goligoski said. “He obviously has a great reputation. I like the way he has his teams play, they’re always hard to play against. I am looking forward to working with him.”
The Stars defenseman said he was a little bit surprised that he didn’t get an invitation to Team USA’s Olympic orientation camp, which is the first step in helping select the USA hockey roster for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.
Although Goligoski wasn’t invited to the camp, it doesn’t rule him out for a roster spot and he said not getting that invitation to camp will provide some extra motivation to have a strong start to the season.
“It was a little disappointing. You don’t know how much it means obviously,” he said. “I’ll use it as motivation, have a good start to the year and we’ll see what happens.”
Thursday’s skate video
There were five guys on the ice today in Frisco. Defenseman Alex Goligoski and forward Erik Cole were the only Dallas Stars. They were joined by Edmonton Oilers goaltender Richard Bachman, New York Rangers defenseman Aaron Johnson and Oklahoma City Barons forward Matthew Ford.