Dallas Stars Lowering Ticket Prices; Brenden Morrow & Alex Goligoski Activated Off IR

Update: Ticket prices are now available here.

A couple of noon-time notes for Stars fans out there.

First, if you've tried to purchase tickets today you were probably surprised to see this note on the Ticketmaster website:

Tickets for the Dallas Stars are temporarily unavailable as they are in the process of converting to their NEW lowered ticket prices, which go on sale TOMORROW Friday, December 9 at 10am CST. For more information, please call 214 GO STARS ext. 2.

The Dallas Stars thank you for your patience.

Since Tom Gaglardi and Jim Lites took over this team a few weeks ago, we've been hearing that the team was looking to change the ticket price structure at the AAC. With the Stars already having the lowest average ticket price in the NHL I'm not expecting prices to get much lower than they are now.

What is likely happening is that the Stars are working for a better balance in ticket prices, likely meaning that most of the changes will be in the lower sections and possibly the platinum section as well (this is iffy, since platinum tickets are also tied to the Mavs). Tickets for most games in the upper bowl are already very affordable, with some games costing only $30 a seat for a very good view.

It's also important to remember the Student Rush tickets, where college students with an ID can grab $30 seats in the lower section the day of the game.

Regardless of what changes are made, this is the first step by the new ownership at impacting change and making the game more accessible for families and casual fans. Just be glad you're not a Penguins, Canucks, or Blackhawks fan -- you should see the prices for upper-level tickets for those games.

Also -- Brenden Morrow and Alex Goligoski have been activated from IR. Press release:

Frisco, TX - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated forward Brenden Morrow and defenseman Alex Goligoski from injured reserve. Morrow was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 26 (retroactive to Nov. 21) with an upper body injury and Goligoski was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 15 (retroactive to Nov. 11)with a broken thumb.

Morrow, 32, has missed the past six games after suffering an upper body injury against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 21. The Carlyle, Saskatchewan, native has appeared in 20 games this season for the Stars, registering three goals and six assists for nine points. The 6-0, 205-pound forward has earned an even-or-plus rating in 17 of the 20 contests he's played in this season.

Goligoski, 26, has missed the last 11 games after suffering a broken thumb on November 11 at the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Grand Rapids, MN, native has appeared in 15 games this season with the Stars and is third among Dallas defensemen in scoring with two goals and four assists, totaling six points. The 5-11, 181-pound defenseman has logged over 20 minutes of ice-time per-game in 36 of his 38 contests as a member of the Dallas Stars since coming to the team via a trade with Pittsburgh on Feb. 21, 2011.

The Dallas Stars are currently second in the Pacific Division and will face the San Jose Sharks tonight (Dec. 8) at HP Pavilion at 9:30 p.m. CT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest, Radio: 1310 The Ticket).

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