The Dallas Stars continued making some front office changes this summer on Thursday as they officially announced the hiring of former player Bob Bassen as director of the alumni association and business development.
Bassen, who played for the Stars from 1995-98, had been serving as de facto alumni association director for the last few years, but this move makes everything a little bit more official.
"The development of this association is something I feel very passionate about," said Bassen. "I look forward to working with former players, our front office, and business operations to help our continuing efforts to maintain our status as a first-class organization."
According to Stars president Jim Lites, the new position will "unite former Stars to help implement new community and business initiatives, including providing support at the grassroots level for youth hockey programs in the North Texas region." Why do I think all the people freaking out about the new youth hockey structure will see some sort of conspiracy in this?
After the jump, getting your local hockey fix in this weekend, puzzling contract extensions and I will be so happy when I get to stop linking to things about the Los Angeles Kings. Today is not that day.
- If you're looking for a hockey fix and can't stomach watching the apparent coronation of the Los Angeles Kings, the Allen Americans are holding an open house from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday. Some of the players will be on hand, but no word as to whether any of the new owners are planning to attend. [DallasNews.com]
- We've gone over some this stuff for you already, but here's more on how the signing of Cristopher Nihlstorp might affect the organizational depth at goalie. [The Hockey Writers]
- Marc Crawford didn't get the open head coaching job with the Canadiens, but he's still up for at least two more. [Vancouver Province]
- Here's another scouting report on a player who may be available when the Stars pick in the first round of the NHL draft - the Scrabble-winning name Zemgus Girgensons. [SB Nation Dallas]
- David Jones is a nice player. Is he four-year, $4 million per year nice? I'm not so sure about that. The Colorado Avalanche sure are, though. [Denver Post]
- Continuing on the theme of slightly baffling contracts, Edmonton Oilers fans are rightfully confused about the contract extension given to GM Steve Tambellini. [The Copper and Blue]
- The Kings a potential NHL dynasty? Ugh, please kill me now. [Spectors]
- In the type of story that can only happen in Los Angeles, Charlie Sheen wasn't allowed re-entry into Game 4 in Los Angeles. Predictably, this did not go over well. [Puck Daddy]
- Darryl Sutter was not a happy boy when asked why his team seems to have a little difficulty winning Game 4s. Make of this press conference what you will... [Backhand Shelf]
- Todd over at the Thursday Morning Cupcheck is as resigned as I am to the Kings winning the Cup at this point, and he has come up with 10 reasons why it could be worse. [Thursday Morning Cupcheck]
- Okay, so the first part of this really reeks of commercial for Tom Gaglardi and the new ownerships regime rather than discussing what Bob Gainey will bring to the hockey department. Also, the heroic background music is a nice touch. But hey, new video content from the team over the summer is the rarest of birds, so I'm not really complaining.