When there were some quotes from Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi a few days ago about the end of the season, I figured there would be more coming in the near future.
And on Sunday, Mike Heika published this pretty interesting interview with Gaglardi on DallasNews.com. The big news is that there won't be any moves in the front office this summer, something most of us have speculated but had no confirmation of until today.
``There is absolutely no chance that Joe and Gully aren't back,'' said the Vancouver businessman who purchased the Stars in November. ``Joe has his mandate, and he needs time to make it work, and I don't think he's had that time yet. I agree with Joe's strategy and vision, so there is harmony there.''
Followed quickly by this:
``Stability is everything to me,'' Gaglardi said. ``I think we have good people in place and we need to let them do their jobs.''
I'm well aware there are some very interesting quotes in that article I didn't touch on. Look for more on that later today.
After the jump, Gulutzan evaluates his rookie season, more from Gaglardi and a few more notes from Saturday's regular-season finales.
- Speaking of the front office and coaching staff, there were some pretty interesting quotes from both Nieuwendyk and Gulutzan on the coach's rookie season. [ESPN Dallas]
- For an article from the team website, these are some very strong quotes from Stephane Robidas. And you know what? I like it. They should be angry with themselves. As much as I understand the reasons it fell apart in the end, I don't want players to be resigned to that fact like I was. [DallasStars.com]
- Gaglardi was apparently a busy boy recently, and he also gave a brief but comprehensive interview with ESPN Dallas. [ESPN Dallas]
- Austin Smith isn't the first NHL player to be born in Texas (hi Brian Leetch), nor is he the first player to pick up the game as a youngster and turn into an NHL prospect (hi Tyler Myers). But he is the first prospect in the Stars system to have been directly influenced by the team as a youngster, a credit to all the work the team put into youth hockey when it arrived. [Austin American Statesman]
- Stars season might be over, but there is still plenty of hockey yet to be played. Here's a handy guide to where you can find the first round of the playoffs. [Puck Daddy]
- Shawn Hunwick, the quite-small goalie who gained fame when signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets after their netminders were decimated by injury, made his NHL debut Saturday near the end of the Jackets season finale. Good for him. [AnnArbor.com]
- You have probably heard this by now, but Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the season with 60 goals. That's, um, quite strong. [Tampa Bay Times]
- I often don't agree with Larry Brooks about, well, anything. But he's right about the situation with public criticism of the Pittsburgh Penguins becoming something the league is oddly concerned about. Especially when the league isn't concerned about members of the Penguins making other inflammatory statements. [New York Post]