The hockey world erupted late Friday evening after news came down that the NHLPA had not approved the NHL's realignment plan by the Jan. 6 deadline, effectively shelving the plan for next season.
"It's very disappointing,'' Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said. "We said when this was passed that we might be the team most excited by the change, so now we're probably one of the teams most disappointed."
Lites had a lot more to say to ESPN Dallas, talking about how disappointed the fans were and reiterating the time zone problems that plague Dallas in the Pacific Division.
The only Stars player to have a public comment, at least that I saw, was Jamie Benn. He briefly retweeted Daryl Reaugh's comment, but he has since deleted that retweet.
After the jump, more on the realignment mess, a look ahead to this afternoon's game against the Edmonton Oilers and the best way to replace a pane of glass, maybe ever.
- For those of you who enjoy the dualing news release spin, here's both the NHL's and the NHLPA's releases about the realignment decision. [DallasNews.com/DallasNews.com]
- Not to forget about today's afternoon contest with the banged-up Edmonton Oilers, Mark Stepneski gets you prepared with all the news and numbers. [ESPN Dallas]
- And here is Heika's paywalled story about some of the line changes from last game, starting with the fun recap of how Steve Ott took on his stick after the penalty shot against the Nashville Predators. [DallasNews.com]
- Even now, many years after the Stars acquired Mike Ribeiro from the Montreal Canadiens for the venerable Janne Niinimaa, there are those out there who think he's a soft, showy, me-first type of player. And while I might agree with the showy, he's worked very hard to change the rest of that reputation. [DallasNews.com]
- A little offshoot of the Ribeiro story came from the Stars official website, though I kind of doubt they planned it this way. They offered a fun Friday feature about why some players still don't wear visors and why several notable holdouts finally put them on this year. [DallasStars.com]
- I don't have nearly as much against the loser point as some folks in the hockey world. The business side of the game is probably its biggest fan, as Adam Proteau details here. [The Hockey News]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: Among the many injured players for the Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Whitney will remain out of the lineup for today's game, and the more recently injured Tom Gilbert is likely also out. [Slam! Sports]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Partially because of all those injures, the Oilers are not the most sound defensive team in the league this season. [Edmonton Journal]
- Around the Pacific Division: Even the Anaheim Ducks are getting in on the "everyone gets points" act, finally breaking out of their slump with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. [Los Angeles Times]
- With all the broken glass the Stars are responsible for this year (seriously. Stephane Robidas broke another pane in Friday's practice), they might just have to resort to this Czech league technique by the end of the season. [Puck Daddy]
- Sheldon Souray talks about how his recovery from a mild high ankle sprain is coming along as well as the legendary conditioning practices injured Stars have to go through to get back on the ice.