The Stars’ GM and CEO are taking voluntary 50-percent pay cuts to help the organization with the financial stress caused by the postponement of the remaining 2019-20 NHL season, writes The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks:
Nill said: “This situation we’re in is affecting everybody. There’s nobody going unscathed. I just think I’m fortunate enough at my age and where I’m at in my career to be able to help some other people out. First of all, Tom Gaglardi has been very supportive of me, given me all the tools I need to work with. I know that his parent company is going through a tough time. He’s in the hotel/restaurant business, and it’s been hit hard.
“So I know they’ve had to make sacrifices up there, and so can I help him out a little bit that way? And then for our organization. I know we’re making decisions on people, and by myself and Jimmy Lites making some sacrifices, does that help some other people down the food chain?”
The Jims’ voluntary compensation cuts come at a time when NHL employees have received a 25-percent pay cut across the board. Individual teams have taken individual approaches, with varying degrees of skepticism and outright backlash. But most are following the lead of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to ensure that part-timers can continue to rely on their paychecks:
Most of the teams around the league have pledged to support part-time arena workers who would have lost income without NHL and NBA games at arenas across the country. The Stars and the American Airlines Center combined to pay workers as they normally would for the seven remaining Stars home games.
Stars president Brad Alberts said a decision on the rest of the season would affect the organization’s decision on staffing.
“I think it’s important for us to understand if we’re going to finish out the 2019-20 season or if we’re not,” Alberts said. “I think those have direct implications on staffing.”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
Dirk leads the pack, but the Stars are well represented in The Athletic’s DFW Hall of Fame.
Dallas-Fort Worth has a rich sports history. But which athletes, coaches and owners have made the biggest impact on this area? Our staff compiled a top-25 list, split up from a prodigious first ballot through the fifth.https://t.co/ECPvFXm2qU…— The Athletic Dallas (@TheAthleticDFW) March 26, 2020
The Winter Classic repeat took place yesterday, but there’s still time to savor yet another clever video-game spoof by the Stars.
Stars voice Jeff K has found a creative way to help the community.
.@DallasStars fans! Order a @BookCameo from me and all proceeds will go to the @DS_Foundation to help our friends and neighbors struggling in these uncertain times. Get a goal call, a penalty read, anything you want! https://t.co/k0eb60ruZ5 pic.twitter.com/6VlqhvYREN— Jeff K (@jeffk_stars) March 25, 2020
And the Stars’ unused yet epic St. Patrick’s Day sweaters will not disappear down the cancellation hole, either.
Bid on our St. Patrick's Day Jerseys and help support the great work @MOWCollinCounty is doing to support the lives of seniors impacted by COVID-19. Visit https://t.co/bW6lAih8YO to bid. @DallasStars | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/zoyvYOanI8— Dallas Stars Foundation (@DS_Foundation) March 24, 2020
Around The League(s)
You probably thought this had already happened, but it’s official now.
The NHL announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Draft due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus. https://t.co/R1Cm9EvcSB— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, an iconic hockey brand is poised to ascend to god tier.
New York City has become COVID-19’s U.S. epicenter. Here’s how Henrik Lundqvist and family are supporting their longtime home.
Dirty Central rivals Juuse Saros and Kevin Fiala are two of the players who had just gotten white-hot when the 2019-20 season was called off.
Columbus Blue Jackets correspondent Tom Reed takes a look at how hockey players deal with what is probably the scariest sports injury of any kind – the skate laceration. (Linked with text because of the fairly gory photo that accompanies it. Forearmed.) [The Athletic]
And hockey heroes keep being heroes.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park (And Beautiful Boise)
The Idaho Steelheads were one of the best teams in the ECHL and looked to continue a record-setting playoffs streak before the shutdown. Here’s a reflection on that lost finale.
FEATURE: What do the Steelheads and Napoleon Dynamite have in common, besides the obvious?— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) March 17, 2020
Steelheads voice @CollinDSchuck tries to rationalize that empty feeling in a season that never truly finished.
DETAILS: https://t.co/z8T3sRssME | #FeelTheSteel pic.twitter.com/GqC4SsYQgN
Meanwhile, the Texas Stars can buy Jake Oettinger a Coke, because he’s The Real Thing.
From stopping pucks to laying it down on the grill, Jake Oettinger's first pro season went pretty well.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) March 24, 2020
The #txstars Podcast returns with plenty more to come. You can tune this episode and any of our previous episodes here.
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And Ringo the Ringtail tightens his grip on the title of King of All Social Media.
VOILA!!— Ringo the Ringtail (@TXStarsRingo) March 25, 2020
My latest masterpiece...
I call it "the Smelly Momma's Boy"
Kinda looks like someone I know but I assure that it is a COMPLETE coincidence!! @bennythebull https://t.co/Jufe84HERN pic.twitter.com/dTSm7kVKsI
Kevin Bieksa doing the “Coincidance” challenge. That’s it. That’s the post.