Now that was a good day in Dallas Stars world.
The day started with the official introduction of Tom Gaglardi as the team's new owner and ended with the "everything old is new again" refrain of a Stars 4-1 home victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Gaglardi dropped the puck at the game, and the Stars said they fed off of the energy from the finality of the news to go out and run over the young Oilers in as many ways as they possibly could.
It was the perfect time for the team's re-introduction to the win column.
"There were a few of us at the press conference today. It was kind of emotional," said Stars forward Steve Ott. "To see a new owner have belief in us, to know that we are going to continue to build the Dallas Stars and this organization, and to get a big win for him, it all added up to a heck of a day."
Because we will be light on the links post later this week after I eat myself into a turkey coma, there are bonus links today. So after the jump, find more about the Stars win over the Oilers, Tom Gaglardi's favorite football team, Sheldon Souray finally speaks to the Edmonton media and not a mention about that game that involved the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. Consider this your hysteria-free zone.
- Mike Heika says it was difficult to pick the top player in Monday's slump-busting win in this paywalled article. That's so refreshing to hear after the recent... issues. [DallasNews.com]
- Mark Stepneski puts together your post-game notes package with details of just how thoroughly the Stars won in every aspect of the game. [ESPN Dallas]
- Death, taxes and the Oilers losing in Dallas. At least, that's what Copper & Blue thinks about this game. [Copper & Blue]
- The Edmonton Sun concurs, and after getting in a little bit of a shot at the Stars attendance woes (so says the team that was very close to moving to Houston, I remind you), they basically call the Stars the manlier team in a man's game. [Edmonton Sun]
- The Sun also gives us the Edmonton media perspective on Sheldon Souray, who was apparently originally not going to talk to the throng that called him a locker room cancer and all washed up. Can't imagine why he'd feel that way. There's a difference in rightfully criticizing someone's play and attacking them personally, dear Canadian hockey throng. [Edmonton Sun]
- Finally, finally, finally, the Stars have their new owner. Oh happy day. [ESPN Dallas]
- In news that will instantly win him the hearts of many Dallas sports fans, Gaglardi says he's a big Dallas Cowboys fan and wants to meet Jerry Jones. Could we please get a video camera there for that meeting? [DallasNews.com]
- The Startlegram offers you more notes from that day. There were likely more media this news conference than have attended Stars practices combined this season. [FWST]
- But because I'm feeling stingy, I'm only going to link those that provide regular coverage. That'll show 'em, right? [Fox Sports Southwest]
- I know I've linked about the entire Edmonton Sun sports section now, but this notes package led by a story about Tomas Vincour is quite well done. [Edmonton Sun]
- For those of you who posted the video of Ryane Clowe's nasty two-hander to Stephane Robidas, the league responded today with a $2,500 fine to the San Jose Sharks winger, the maximum allowed under the current CBA. It also makes him a repeat offender for purposes of subsequent discipline. [NHL.com]
- Meet the enemy: For the third time already this season, the Dallas Stars face the Los Angeles Kings, who are still looking for more out of uber-contract defenseman Drew Doughty. [LA Kings Insider]
- Around the Pacific Division: Seven games, none of which started after 7:30 CST, meant a light night in the division, with the only other game being a Washington Capitals 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. [Washington Post]
- Steve Ott made a nice run at this video spot by playfully complimenting the reporter asking him questions (it's the little things, you know), but Glen Gulutzan offered up a whole wealth of information that I just couldn't pass up. Maybe next time, Otter.