The last of the schedule has finally fallen into place, and now obsessed Dallas Stars fans can fully plan out their next 4 months on a game by game basis. Yesterday, the Stars released their TV broadcast schedule, and it looks quite different than it has in the past.
Unlike last season, and what was originally planned for the full 2012-2013 season, TXA21 will not be carrying any of the games this time around. Instead, 45 of the 48 games will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest (FSSW), or its bonus channel FSSW+. The remaining 3 games are set to air nationally on
the Outdoor Life Network Versus NBCSN. The national broadcasts are Feb. 4th @COL, Feb. 25th @ NSH, and Apr 15th @CHI. They are all away games and all on Monday nights, so plan your schedule accordingly.
For those of you fans who live outside of Texas and are thinking about getting Game Center Live or Center Ice, this should mean that you will have the option of getting to listen to Ralph and Razor make the call for all but the national games. Depending on your cable provider, though, there may be some exceptions on Center Ice.
Coming up in the days links: The Dallas Stars were hammered by the Texas Stars, some new call ups and training camp developments, and how the CBA has already messed up.
- In case you missed it in yesterday's links, the Stars are planning an Ice Breaker event for tomorrow night. It's free of charge, and has free parking. It should be a lot of fun, and a chance to meet most of the players. We'll have more info about this later today. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Yesterday's scrimmage with the Texas Stars went great... for the kids from Austin. It was 3-0 Texas before players started being switched around. Even then, it was Sceviour who scored the next goal to make it 3-1. It shouldn't be that big of a surprise though, since Austin has already played half a season, and are used to each other. [Stars Inside Edge]
- There were a couple of injuries yesterday, with Rome and Larsen having some minor tweaks. It was only precautionary, but those two were held out of the third period during the scrimmage, just to be safe. [Dallas News]
- The Stars may be prepared in case someone does get hurt, though. Yesterday, they recalled Jamie Oleksiak and Colton Sceviour from the AHL. It's only possible they may be thinking about putting them on the main roster, after the impressive play of the Texas Stars during the scrimmage. That's all speculation on my part, but it does make the rest of camp that much more interesting. [Stars Inside Edge]
- After the scrimmage was over, Jaromir Jagr did a radio interview with Bob and Dan from the ticket. Follow the link to hear the audio. See if you can hear the question that makes me shake my head just a bit. [Stars Inside Edge]
- It's hard not to get excited about the defensive prospects in the system, with Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, and Jamie Oleksiak all being called up from the AHL right now. Mike Heika points out, though, that we've been excited before. [Dallas News]
- Meanwhile, in Canada, the press caught Jamie Benn after he was working on the ice, and asked him about the contract negotiations. He handled himself pretty well, refusing to divulge the secrets of the contract to them. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Around the rest of the league, TSN released their ranking of the top 50 NHL players. Don't bother looking for him -- Loui isn't on the list. Again. [TSN]
- Speaking of rankings, Seth Jones has been ranked the number one prospect for the upcoming draft. No matter which team he goes to play for, it makes me swell with pride knowing he's come from Dallas. [Dallas News]
- While the Stars have been blessed with an opening night that has nearly sold out already, not every team is quite as lucky. Their season ticket total might be higher than what the Stars had last year, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are having a hard time selling the single game tickets to fans. [Puck Daddy]
- The CBA created an interesting loophole that had to be patched already. Even though contracts weren't supposed to be bought out until next season, Scott Gomez and Wade Redden were going to be sent home, rather than play this year. An agreement was struck, however, between the NHL and the PA in order to allow those players to play again. [SportsNet]
- Finally, for your video of the day, Mark Stepneski captured the scrimmage between the Texas Stars and the Dallas Stars. See if you can figure out which team is which, without cheating.