Monday, September 19, 2011
Monday training camp notes
By Mark Stepneski
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- Here are some notes from day three of Dallas Stars training camp in Prince Edward Island. The Stars practiced in two groups again, each session lasted about an hour-and-a-half. This is the last full day of practices before the team starts on the preseason schedule. They play at Montreal Tuesday night. The game will be carried on the radio – Ralph and Razor doing the honors on The Ticket.
As far as the focus of that game in Montreal, Gulutzan said he will be looking at how the team is implementing all those backbone elements he has been talking about the first few days.
“The backbone and refining it,” he said. “We’re getting questions now and that’s good. We’re getting questions from players about this situation and that situation and that’s where the true learning occurs. Players are starting to think, what about this other alternative. That’s what hockey is, it is other alternatives and other things happen on the ice. Now the players are engaged and we’ll kind of refine, modify and get clearer and clearer as we go.”
Gulutzan also said the team will start working on special teams tomorrow. They’ll be using game days to focus on the power play and penalty kill.
“Going forward we are going to use our practice days to practice our backbone and pregame skates to practice our specialty teams,” Gulutzan said. “We’ve got to maximize that game day opportunity. That 50 minute skate in the morning, instead of just having a loosen up skate that maybe we’d have during the regular season, we have to use that hour or 50 minutes for specialty teams.”
Gulutzan said he and Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk would meet Monday to discuss a timeline for whittling down the roster, which now stands at 49 players. A couple of the junior players could be headed back to their teams as early as Tuesday.
Glennie still out
Forward Scott Glennie, who did not participate in Sunday’s scrimmage due to what the team called a “tweak” did not practice on Monday.
Stu Barnes’ new gig
Stu Barnes, who had been an assistant coach with the Stars, is now officially a hockey operations consultant. Barnes was looking for a change so he could spend more time with his family. The new position will allow him to do that, but he’ll remain a big part of the what the Stars do.
“Barnsey is a valuable guy, not only for myself but for the coaching staff,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “He’s a hardworking guy that understands a lot of different aspects and he’ll be good for me and he’ll be good for the coaching staff.”
Barnes is helping out with the on-ice coaching at training camp with associate coach Willie Desjardins not with the club due to the death of his father.