On the first game day of the 2011-12 season (okay, it's only preseason. Sue me), the Dallas Stars news was coming fast and furious.
Even before the Stars took the ice to play the Montreal Canadiens in front of a sold-out house, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News was calling around to several parties who had previously expressed interest in buying the team.
Likewise, Allen Americans owner Doug Miller would like to keep his interest alive and continue to study the sale with the option of trying to eventually outbid [Tom] Gaglardi through the structured court process.
``I have been interested for some time, and I'm still interested,'' Miller said today.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, however, said he does not expect to become a part of these court proceedings (unlike when he became a bidder for the Rangers last summer).
As the article goes on to explain, Cuban was part of the group that included Billy Quinn and Jim Lites, so that group is now out of the running and Cuban is no longer on the path for total American Airlines Center domination. But having interest from Miller, along with Chuck Greenberg and Gaglardi, is a very good thing.
After the jump, more about the first line's big night for the Dallas Stars, the Montreal media catches up with Sheldon Souray and updates on rule changes and realignment.
After the ownership news, the team then went out and put an exclamation point on the day with a 6-3 thumping of Montreal in the preseason opener. The first line of Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder had a big night with a goal apiece, and Ribeiro was named first star of the night for this efforts.
According to Daryl Reaugh on Twitter, Ribeiro took full advantage of the moment.
@Razor5Hole: Booed throughout, Ribeiro deserved, and REALLY enjoyed his First Star selection tonight at the Centre Bell.
- As I mentioned earlier, Mike Heika is back from his stint on Injured Reserve, and he was a busy boy Tuesday. After tracking down the potential ownership groups, he watched the Stars game and posted a brief analysis. My favorite chunk was this: "And [Glen Gulutzan] squeezed a lot out of this group. Dallas was aggressive early (something that was a problem last season), scored two road power play goals (something that was a problem last season) and showed impressive depth up and down the lineup (something that was a problem last season)." [DallasNews.com]
- And here's a short wrap up of the game with a few quotes from Mark Stepneski, who flew back to Dallas before the game and shared his flight with a pair of prospects headed back to juniors. [ESPN Dallas]
- Even the Startlegram is starting to get in the swing of hockey season. Here, columnist Mac Engel takes us through the reasons why he's optimistic about the upcoming season. [Star-Telegram.com]
- Not a whole lot of analysis on Stars players in these pieces from the Montreal Gazette, but I always like to see the other team's game story. [Montreal Gazette/Montreal Gazette]
- I never actually thought I'd see the nickname "Studly Wonderbomb" in a story from a major newspaper, but the Gazette proved me wrong in this well-done profile of former Hab and new Star Sheldon Souray. [Montreal Gazette]
- Mac Engel makes an appearance again with this column, which originally ran in the FWST a few days ago and was reprinted in the Gazette in preparation for the preseason game. He addresses the challenge the Stars will face in this market trying to bring back the strong ticket sales of years past. [Montreal Gazette]
- Another look at this season's team, this time from the view of SB Nation's Detroit Red Wings blog. Apparently they get a lot of mileage out of Ribeiro's dining habits. [Winging It In Motown]
- Fellow rule nerds, NHL.com brings you the exact wording and video examples of the changes to boarding and illegal check to the head. Study them, then prepare to gripe about how the NHL doesn't call them consistently. [NHL.com]
- Finally, speculation on the upcoming realignment. which the league wants to have decided by December. Anything to get this team out of the Pacific. [NHL.com]