The players are beginning to roll into town as training camp fast approaches.
Yesterday morning, a handful of the Dallas Stars Team stepped out on the ice to begin preparing themselves for the condensed season. With training camp beginning on Saturday, and games beginning a week after that, there's not a whole lot of time to prepare. Thankfully, most of them have been playing or training during their off time, and are ready to go.
Among the Dallas Stars players to be on the ice yesterday: Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas, Ray Whitney, Derek Roy, Vernon Fiddler, Kari Lehtonen, and Richard Bachman. Mark Stepneski took a moment to talk to the players, and see how they felt about the lockout, and about returning to practice:
"For the past month you'd get your hopes up and then talks would die down a bit, then they'd get going again and your hopes would go up," said Morrow. "We all knew this was the last push and if something didn't get done the season would be lost, just like before. The word cautiously optimistic is thrown around, and that was us. When I got that text message at 6:30 in the morning, there was no chance of going back to bed. The first thing you think of is getting on the ice. It was a Sunday, and there was no chance of that."
For those of you interested in seeing some hockey today (even if it is just practice), those players and possibly more will be out on the ice around 10:30-11:00. All practices are open to the public.
Coming up in the links: The details on all of the new CBA rules, Razor tells us the best way to save hockey, and a special link generally tailored for the ladies.
- With the draft of the CBA having gone out to all of the clubs, details have emerged on some of the newer items that weren't included in the last agreement. Pierre LeBrun breaks down the main changes, and what it means for teams. [ESPN]
- This is a fantastic story by Bryan Curtis detailing what it was like to be one of the reporters waiting for news during the lockout. It's a long read, but I promise you it's worth it. You might even feel some sympathy for those media members who kept tweeting crazy things during the whole process. [Grantland]
- It should come as no surprise that Steve Ott was one of the first players on the ice practicing in Buffalo. He may not be on the team anymore, but he'll always be a Dallas Star in our hearts. Here's a good interview with him, about how he's looking forward to the new season. (s/t to Henri for finding this one) [HockeyBuzz]
- Down in Austin, the madness has begun with call ups. While I'm sure the fans there will miss Cody Eakin and the others who will be playing in Dallas, this is a chance for them to see even more of the organizations brightest prospects. [HundredDegreeHockey]
- Speaking of the Texas Stars, it's possible that the entire AHL team will be at training camp for a few days. If they manage to get that worked out, it should be quite a sight. [Dallas News]
- With the return of the hockey season comes yet another blessing: The return of Razor With An Edge. his time around, he pontificates on how to draw in more TV viewers. Maybe one of these days, the NHL higher ups will finally listen. [Razor With An Edge]
- Finally, as promised, Dallas News takes a look at the 16 hottest athletes in Dallas. See if you can recognize a couple of them. [Dallas News]
- In case you missed it on the link above, here's the video of those Stars players practicing. If you keep an eye out, you might see a former Stars player in the mix as well, since Jason Arnott was joining them.