Stars' lineup to get an injection of youth

November, 20, 2011
11/20/11
11:57
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FRISCO -- Right wing Tomas Vincour arrived from Cedar Park Sunday morning and said he wasn’t sure if he’d be in the lineup for Monday night’s game against Edmonton. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Vincour would be in the lineup, and so would defenseman Philip Larsen.

“They'll bring youthful energy,” said Gulutzan, who coached both players with Texas of the AHL last season. “I know both those guys very well and I think they can help. We're at this point of the season where whatever it takes to make us better, we're going to do.”

With the Stars mired in a five-game losing streak and struggling offensively as well, the Stars could use a spark. Who comes out of the lineup to make room for Vincour and Larsen has yet to be determined, according to Gulutzan.

Vincour, who turned 21 on Saturday, was called up from the Texas Stars Sunday. An injury to Adam Burish (broken hand) opened a roster spot for him. Vincour has a team-high 10 goals in 15 games with the Texas Stars this season.

“He’s earned the right to come and play for us and see what he can do at the next level,” said Gulutzan. “We’ve got four goals in the last five games. We’re not putting the world on him to score, but he is developing into that player.”

Said Vincour: “I hope to bring whatever they want me to do. I will do whatever they want me to do. And hopefully we’ll get two points tomorrow.”

Vincour started the season in the NHL and was scoreless in three games, but was sent down to the AHL when Eric Nystrom was acquired from Minnesota to help solve a salary cap issue. The thought was he would benefit from the additional playing time.

“I guess I wasn’t ready or whatever,” Vincour said. “All I can do is work hard every day, it paid off and now I am here. I am looking forward to it.”

Larsen, 21, started the season in the NHL as well due to injuries to defensemen Adam Pardy and Nicklas Grossman. He played in three games, and once those players returned to the lineup Larsen headed back to the AHL.

“It was tough getting sent down,” said Larsen. “I thought we were playing really well.”

With the Texas Stars he picked up 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 10 games and was among the top scoring defensemen in the AHL. Seven of the 10 points came on the power play.

“I’m not going to lie to you, I think Philip is ready to play in the NHL,” said Gulutzan.

Gulutzan said Larsen needed more time in Cedar Park to work on the offensive part of his game.

“Offensively he was just OK for us last year. Defensively he was really good,” said Gulutzan. “He was a way better defender than you think he is. He competes, he’s hard, he’s attentive to detail, he can close on guys quick with that speed and he’s got a good stick. When he went down I told him it’s the offensive part of your game – he needed to get more shots through, be better on the line, have a little more patience offensively. He needed to shoot the puck more; he was always looking for the pretty play. He’s been working on that and he’s got better numbers than he had with me. I think the next step in his progression is to play in the NHL.”

Larsen returned to the NHL last weekend due the injury to Alex Goligoski (broken thumb). He has been a healthy scratch for four straight games waiting for an opportunity to get into the lineup.

“I just want to do my best and show that I can be here,” Larsen said. “Just try to do your best and see how far it goes.”

Frisco notes

*The Stars did not practice Sunday. They had a meeting and did off-ice work.

*Defenseman Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and right wing Adam Burish (broken hand) spent part of the day in Frisco batting pucks to each other with their good hands.

Tom Gaglardi meets the press Monday

The Dallas Stars will hold a press conference Monday at American Airlines Center to introduce new owner Tom Gaglardi. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, new Stars President/CEO Jim Lites and Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk will also be on hand.

Gaglardi officially became the team’s new owner on Friday.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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