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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Sunday tidbits

By Mark Stepneski

Here are some notes for a Sunday afternoon in August.

*Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan and his staff will get together in Frisco this week to start meeting and planning for training camp, which begins September 16. Gulutzan talked about the plan during an appearance on NHL Home Ice last week.

“We met as a coaching staff in July and then decided we are not going to meet again until the 22nd of August,” Gulutzan said. “We just wanted our guys to get away, spend time with the family and do those things. Certainly on the 22nd we’re going to head full into it. That week in July kind of put us ahead a little bit we thought, or on pace. Now it’s just about putting the things together that we talked about in July.”

*The Vernon Morning Star has an article on Eric Godard, the former Pittsburgh Penguin who signed as a free agent with the Stars this summer. Godard, one of the best fighters in the NHL, talked to the newspaper about moving to the Western Conference this season.

“It seems pretty active. There’s (George) Parros, (Kevin) Westgarth, (Paul) Bissonnette so I should be busy. I haven’t been too busy the past couple of years. Not too many games, so I’m excited to have a chance to get some more games.”

The full article is here.

*There is hope that Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi’s stalking horse bid for the Stars could be finalized in the next couple of weeks, meaning the process would be ready to move into bankruptcy court. The current target to file the case with bankruptcy court is in early September, most likely after Labor Day. That’s just people I talked to are saying is a target, not something set in stone. Also, it appears there is a good chance the case will be filed in Delaware. Once the case is filed we should have a better idea of a timeline for how long the process will take and how it might play out to see if Gaglardi or another possible bidder is the new owner of the Stars.

*Another former Star who hit the free agent market on July 1 has signed a contract, but this time it’s a tryout deal. According to Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets will bring former Texas Stars defenseman Trevor Ludwig into training camp on a tryout contract. Ludwig hasn't played in the NHL, but was called up to Dallas last season and ended up being a healthy scratch for three games.