New Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi has already talked a bit about what his team might be looking for at the trade deadline this season, and he continued to be open about the subject this weekend.
With no practice and a pretty slow news day on Saturday ESPN Dallas released this Q&A with Gaglardi, focusing on where he sees the team and the moment and what they might do at the deadline.
There were lots of good quotes in this story. I picked this one because I thought it had a pretty good balance of something he emphasized a lot - trying to balance what they can still do this season by not selling the farm for draft picks but not trading away assets that would be big parts of the future either.
"We have a lot of games in February. We’re going to have a clearer picture, or not, by the deadline of where we are in the standings. We still might be in the same spot, we might be in better shape or we might be in worse shape. I honestly don’t think that is going to change a whole lot with what we are going to do. It might a little bit, but we’re not a franchise that is going to trade its best older player for three first round draft picks. I don’t see us doing that deal.
"We want to get better for the longer term and not just for the shorter blip. I think that might take the Stars out of the running for certain players you might see available at the trade deadline, those older guys. We think there are things we can do and there are players that we have identified that would fit what we want. "
After the jump, more on the Stars game today with the Los Angeles Kings, the least effective power play guys in the league and a new entry into the legion of crazy hockey parents.
- Before Saturday night's games, Mike Heika took a look at the playoff math and pointed out why the bar will probably be much lower this year than it was last year. [DallasNews.com]
- All the numbers and trends you need to get ready for today's late afternoon game against the Kings. [ESPN Dallas]
- If you've thought the Stars defensemen have been contributing more to the offense recently, you're absolutely right. The blueliners have 18 points over the past eight games. [DallasStars.com]
- Best news I hadn't realized brought up in this article about some of the top players on the Texas Stars: Scott Glennie has apparently been on a point-per-game pace since late November. Now that's more like it. [TheAHL.com]
- If you want to relive Kari Lehtonen extending Friday's game against the Buffalo Sabres to the shootout, the guys over at NBC were impressed enough to give it its own post. [ProHockeyTalk]
- Who are the least effective players on the power play, at least relative to how many minutes they play on it each game? Someone has done the legwork for us. Surprisingly, at least to me, no Stars make an appearance. [Backhand Shelf]
- The Chicago Blackhawks lost again on Saturday (more on that later), continuing what has been a most horrendous slide. Harrison Mooney tries to make the case here that no matter who our allegiances lie with, that should make us sad. He obviously hasn't asked fans of other teams in the race for the playoffs. [Puck Daddy]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: After the Kings' Saturday afternoon game, Daryl Reaugh used Twitter to opine that the Los Angeles Kings should just make "One Goal" their motto for this season. They scored just one goal again in a 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. [Los Angeles Times]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Much like the Stars, the Kings are also trying to use this next stretch to inform a lot of decisions about the trade deadline and further front-office moves. But they haven't exactly been playing well recently, and that's raising some questions in Kings-land. [Jewels From The Crown]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Phoenix Coyotes and Blackhawks extended their respective streaks as the Yotes dominated Chicago for a 3-0 win. [Chicago Tribume]
- Other scoreboard watching: It was overtime night in the race for the playoffs. Of course it was. The St. Louis Blues needed overtime to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 while the Calgary Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in the shootout. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild have dropped from first to 12th in 53 days with a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Calgary Herald/Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
- In today's funny/lighthearted link space, we're delving into the Theatre of the Absurd. First of all, in what world does a 9-year-old need to collect pucks from his "milestone" goals? And second, how the heck does one score 200, and is that in a career or in a season? I can't fathom keeping track of career goals for a kid, but then again, I can't really think of doing that for a season, either. [The Daily Item]
- With a day off and no new videos from practice (and a decided lack of Stars Insider videos online, recently), today I present to you Adam Burish pitching Hockey & Heels to all the ladies.