For the first time since he purchased the Dallas Stars, new owner Tom Gaglardi gets to show off his new toy in his hometown.
The Vancouver businessman first tried to purchase the Vancouver Canucks several years ago, after all, and when that didn't work out after a prolonged court battle, he turned his attention to saving us Stars fans from our bankruptcy-induced misery.
The Vancouver Sun caught up with Gaglardi, who has recently purchased a house in Dallas but is still working on getting his children to cheer for his new team. You can read all about it here.
"It's nice to have the guys here and I think it will be kind of surreal," he said. "I've only been an owner for about three months and most of the hockey I have seen has been at American Airlines Center in Dallas. It's all pretty new and novel. It will be kind of cool to see them in Canada, especially in Vancouver, and I am certainly looking forward to it. I'm mindful we are playing a very tough team, No. 1 in the West, so it will be a tough game for us.
"But it would be great to win in our hometown. I have lots of friends who are Canuck fans and are teasing me about the game and were doing it last week when the Canucks were in Dallas. For us it's about making the playoffs. Hopefully we can come in tomorrow night and get a point or two."
After the jump, more on today's game against the Canucks, Marty Turco is back in the NHL and the debut of the new DBD video feature.
- More on Stephane Robidas' terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, at least where his sticks were concerned. [DallasNews.com]
- We'll get to the Phoenix Coyotes game a little bit later, but it was a good night to be a Stars fan who was scoreboard watching. [ESPN Dallas]
- So what has this recent winning streak told us about this team? I'm not sure I'm quite as optimistic as this article, but it has been an enjoyable little stretch. [Fox Sports Southwest]
- Razorboy has some thoughts on the men in stripes, particularly when it comes to the face offs and how quickly they happen. [Razor with an Edge]
- A groin/abdominal injury to Tuukka Rask left the Boston Bruins in desperate need of a backup goalie, and Marty Turco had been looking for another NHL job since last summer. So it's no surprise that the Bruins signed Turco for the rest of the season, pending him clearing waivers. He won't be eligible for the playoffs, and I know his game wasn't the greatest at the end of his tenure in Dallas, but it is nice to see a good guy like him get another shot. [Boston Globe]
- Like I've said before, I'm a sucker for these hockey history pieces. And if you ever wanted to know what "old-time hockey" really means, read this. You might be surprised. [Backhand Shelf]
- I linked this story yesterday, but this is a much more in-depth account of Conner Crisp of the Erie Otters an his experience as the emergency backup goalie in the CHL the other night. [Buzzing the Net]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: The Wondertwins powers haven't activated much recently as both Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are in mini-slumps. That doesn't always bode well for the Canucks, as explained by our friends over at Nucks Misconduct. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Zack Kassian was the centerpiece of a slightly controversial trade that sent Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres, but the big youngster has acquainted himself well with his new teammates. [Vancouver Sun]
- Around the Pacific Division: And on this day, the sixth of March, 2012, at least before they play the Canucks, your Dallas Stars are in first place in the division courtesy of a 2-1 Pittsburgh Penguins win over the Phoenix Coyotes. That's, um, nice. And in the "teams that won't be making the playoffs" category, the Anaheim Ducks knocked off the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. [Arizona Republic/TSN]
- Oh Winnipeg Jets fans. Ryan Miller might not have won Monday night's Buffalo Sabres game, but he's done far more in hockey than either version of your favorite franchise has ever accomplished. That means trying to scoreboard him is probably not the greatest idea. [Puck Daddy]
- Look! It's Brandon! If you want to see the other video he's posted as well as subscribe to the shiny new DBD YouTube channel, check it out here.