Dallas Stars: Prince Edward Island

Tuesday morning skate update

September, 20, 2011
9/20/11
8:56
AM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- The Dallas Stars are on the ice this morning for their final practice in Prince Edward Island. The squad for tonight's preseason game at Montreal is on the ice right now.

It's a little different than the list of possible players the team sent out last night and we should get a roster later today. But here's who is on the ice this morning and the lines they are rolling.

Morrow-Riberio-Ryder
Petersen-Wandell-Vincour
Barch-Dowell-Sawada
Wathier-Morin-Fraser
Tousignant-Schultz

Goligoski-Larsen
Grossman-Pardy
Dillon-Fortunus
Labrie-Coyle

Raycroft
Beskorowany

I am off to catch a flight back to Dallas. Tonight's game is at 6:30 p.m. and will be carried on the Ticket with Ralph and Razor providing the coverage and the analysis.

A fresh start for Adam Pardy

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
9:27
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- Dallas Stars defenseman Adam Pardy’s road to the NHL wasn’t exactly a smooth one. Sometimes it was more like a roller coaster ride, especially his first season as a pro when he was transferred between the AHL and ECHL eleven times.

“Honestly, I never thought I had a chance in hell of making it. I didn’t think I was going to get past the East Coast League,” Pardy said. “I think in the month of March it was six times I was up and down, up for four or five days, down for four or five days. It was pretty intense and the NHL seemed pretty far away.”

That was the 2005-06 season. The ECHL team he spent time with was the Las Vegas Wranglers. The coach back then was Glen Gulutzan, now the head coach of the Dallas Stars. Gulutzan said he and Pardy reminisced recently about a conversation they had at the end of the defenseman’s up and down first pro season.

“There was a time there in Las Vegas when he was our seventh defenseman as a young kid,” Gulutzan said. “In our year end meeting I asked him, ‘Where did you start when you first got here?’ He said, ‘I was probably your worst D.’ I said, ‘Where did you finish?’ and he said, ‘I thought I finished in your top four.’ And he was in our top four by the end of the year. And I told him, “Now that’s the jump you’ve got to make next year in the American League and the year after that you’ve got to make that jump to get into the NHL.’ Lo and behold he has.”

Now the two are together again after Pardy signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Stars on the first day of free agency this past summer. The Stars like the 27-year-old defenseman because he has size (6-2, 220 pounds) and mobility.

“What he brings us is that big body that can move on the line,” said Gulutzan. “He’s a defender that can get in the way of the shots and he can penalty kill and he can play left or right side. The ability to have a big, mobile young guy like that defend like that is important.”

Pardy likes the Stars because they are a good fit and present him with something that he saw as slipping away in Calgary, where he played the last three seasons.

“It’s an opportunity. Near the end in Calgary it just seemed like things were going nowhere. It was coming to a dead end,” Pardy said. “This is a new opportunity and challenge. It’s going to be fun. New contract, new team. Lot of great guys here and it’s been easy to fit in and adjust. There are a lot of guys my age, whereas in Calgary there were a lot of older guys. I’m excited to get out there and get the opportunity to play. I’ve played for Gully, so there’s that familiarity. It’s a fresh start.”

It’s also a chance for Pardy to bounce back after a rough final season in Calgary, one that ended early due to a shoulder injury. He had surgery in February. Sunday’s scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre was the first opportunity to put the shoulder to a good test.

“[Sunday] night was the first bumps I’ve taken and it felt great,” said Pardy. “It was nice to be back, it was such a long time since I played a game. It was good to get that feeling back.”

The Stars holding camp in PEI is a homecoming of sorts for Pardy, who was born in Newfoundland and attended Andrews Hockey School in Prince Edward Island as a teenager. The school is now located in the CARI Complex, where the Stars are practicing during their stay in PEI. It was in Summerside, PEI when Pardy attended. Pardy is one of several young players to attend that school and go on to an NHL career.

“It was a good time,” said Pardy. “It’s nice to be back. It’s good to come back east, kind of get that laid back feeling, nice people, good food. It’s been a fun few days here and nice to get things going.”

And get that fresh start underway.

Monday training camp notes

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
3:19
PM CT
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.”

Roster trimming

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.

Practice lineup

Group A

Petersen-Ribeiro-Ryder
Morrow-Wandell-Vincour
Barch-Morin-Sceviour
Wathier-Garbutt-Sawada/Schultz

Labrie/Dillon-Robidas
Larsen-Goligoski
Spang-Fistric
Theriau-Coyle

Bachman
Raycroft
Campbell

Group B

Ott-Benn-Fraser
Burish-Roman-Eriksson
Tousignant-Fiddler-Dvorak
Gazdic-Dowell-Godard/Ritchie

Pardy-Souray
Grossman-Fortunus
Jordie Benn-Daley
Oleksiak-Lukowich

Lehtonen
Beskorowany

Vernon Fiddler defines hard to play against

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
10:16
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- The Dallas Stars want to be a harder team to play against this season. Hard to play against is Vernon Fiddler’s identity. He said it has to be.

Being hard to play against is a term that gets tossed around a lot. In Fiddler’s case, there are several parts to the equation.

“He provides us a presence in faceoffs, he can play against the other team’s top lines, he's a top penalty killer in the league. It's that versatility, that hard to play against style of play,” said Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. “You can’t misconstrue [hard to play against] for body checks. The faceoff circle, the PK, the tenaciousness on the forecheck and backcheck, those things are actual hard things to play against. He’s going to bring that to our club.”

Fiddler said hard to play against is is doing little things that can be a big nuisance to the opposition.

“It’s being a pain in the [butt], doing little things that get other players off their game,” he said. “It’s nothing is given easy out there. Every inch that they get they have to earn it. That’s how I feel I can contribute to this lineup.”

Fiddler, who signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract with the Stars in July, was a top priority for GM Joe Nieuwendyk in free agency. The 31-year-old Fiddler is an important part of the Stars’ plan to have a strong group of role players that will give them a deeper, more balanced lineup.

“Probably the biggest key will be Vern Fiddler,” said Nieuwendyk. “Here’s a guy that will be our third line center, kind of solidify that line and give us an identity on the bottom grouping of our lines.”

The Stars are familiar with Fiddler, who spent the last two seasons with Phoenix and was with Nashville before that. Stars captain Brenden Morrow has learned even more about Fiddler now that he is seeing him on a daily basis.

“I didn’t know how fast he was,” Morrow said. “He’s a speedy guy, really reliable; someone that Gully can put out in any situation and feel comfortable with him out there.”

And Fiddler’s reputation of being hard to play against? Morrow said some guys annoy you with words, but Fiddler does it with his work.

“He gets under your skin because he doesn’t give you any free space out there,” said Morrow. “Seeing him skate out there, now you know why. He’s such a slick skater he can get around pucks and get around you, turn pucks over and he doesn’t give you any space. That’s what’s kind of annoying.”

Mix in some annoying with the team’s skill and Fiddler thinks the Stars will be just what they are hoping to be – hard to play against.

“You look around the dressing room with young (Jamie) Benn, Morrow, [Mike) Ribeiro, Loui (Eriksson) and (Michael) Ryder, there’s some scoring punch there,” said Fiddler. “We’re going to have some tough lines to play against, not only are they scorers but they are guys that are hard to play against like (Steve) Ott. You look at our lineup and you see some hard guys to play against. That’s what we’ve got to get to, getting teams to be scared to come into our building and being miserable to play against.

Video: Stars scrimmage in PEI

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
9:42
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- Here's some video of Sunday's Dallas Stars scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.

This is about three minutes from the second period during which, unfortunately, there was no goal scoring.

Team Black wins scrimmage in a shootout

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
4:45
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- Team Black defeated Team White 4-3 in a shootout in the Dallas Stars scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre Sunday evening. Tom Wandell scored the lone goal of the shootout, roofing a shot over goalie Jack Campbell to give Team Black the victory.

"It was nothing really. I just a made a move to the left and put it up high," said Wandell. "It was nice though. It was nice to score."

Wandell's goal came after the first nine shooters failed to score in the shootout, which the two sides went to right after the game ended in a regulation tie.

Team Black goalie Richard Bachman stopped Steve Ott, Jamie Benn, Vernon Fiddler, Radek Dvorak and Loui Eriksson in the shootout. Campbell stopped Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Michael Ryder and Toby Petersen before Wandell's goal.

Francis Wathier, Travis Morin and Morrow scored for Team Black. Morrow' shot from the slot with 10:15 remaining tied the game at 3-3 and forced the shootout.

Vernon Fiddler led the Team White attack, picking up a goal and an assist. Fiddler set up the game's first goal 31 seconds into the night. He won an offensive zone draw back to Radek Dvorak, who ripped a shot from the right circle past Andrew Raycroft. Fiddler scored early in the third period, roofing backhand shot over Richard Bachman early in the third to give Team White a 3-2 lead.

Steve Ott also scored for Team White, banging home a rebound past Bachman after Jamie Benn made a great rush through the Team Black defense and got a shot on net.

"Playing along side Jamie Benn makes things a lot easier out there," said Ott. "He skated up the ice, made a couple nice moves, had a nice shot and I picked up some garbage and then put it in. I'll hopefully see that a lot this year if I get the opportunity to play with him. He's such a gifted player that there are going to be a lot of loose pucks laying around."

Robidas, Glennie sit out

Defenseman Stephane Robidas and forward Scott Glennie did not participate in Sunday's scrimmage. Glennie had what a team official called a "tweak" and was held out for precautionary reasons. Robidas also was held out for precautionary reasons, but the Dallas defenseman said he was fine.

Gulutzan's thoughts

Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan watched Sunday's scrimmage from suite at the Charlotte Civic Center and offered this take on what he saw.

"I thought it was good. We've had two days of practice and I thought we certainly tried to implement some of the stuff we were doing," Gulutzan said. "You can still see some turnovers there, guys are still in the summer hockey mode a little bit. A few more turnovers than you'd like. But that is part and parcel for this time of year. You've got to get those little speed bumps out, but I like what we did."

As for players that caught his attention, Gulutzan didn't get into too many specifics.

"I thought there were lots of good guys. Obviously you seen Benny (Jamie Benn) flying around out there. I thought he had some real good jump," Gulutzan said. "I liked the way all the goalies played. There were some chances and they all made some real good saves. Nothing really stood out at me tremendously. I thought a lot of guys played pretty well."


Lineups

There was a lot of line juggling during the scrimmage, but here's what it looked like at the start.

Team White

Fraser-Benn-Ott
Roman-Burish-Eriksson
Tousignant-Fiddler-Dvorak/Ritchie
Gazdic-Dowell-Godard

Pardy-Souray
Grossman-Fortunus
Jordie Benn-Daley
Oleksiak-Lukowich

Lehtonen
Beskorowany
Campbell

Team Black

Petersen-Ribeiro-Ryder
Morrow-Wandell-Vincour
Barch-Morin-Sceviour/Schultz
Wathier-Garbutt-Sawada

Goligoski-Larsen
Dillon-Labrie
Fistric-Spang
Theriau-Coyle

Raycroft
Bachman

Sunday practice update

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
11:59
AM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- The Stars practiced Sunday morning at the Charlottetown Civic Centre, where the team will scrimmage tonight (6 p.m. Atlantic Time/4 p.m. Central Time).

The practices were shorter today, less than an hour for each group. Again, the focus was on what Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan likes to call the backbone or spine of the team’s game. On Saturday defensive zone play took center stage and Sunday it was the two other key areas.

“We just wanted to go through some of our forecheck and our tracking,” Gulutzan said. “We had about 50 minutes to get through it and I thought the guys did a real good job.”

Sunday’s scrimmage will be a good test to see how the of what Gulutzan and his staff have stressed in the first two days of practices.

“We’ll be looking at the three backbones of our team and then two other little things we’ve put into play that we want emphasize this year – having a good net presence and being able to put pucks into space and create some speed,” Gulutzan said. “We want to make sure we are looking for those thing, but the spine is the most important thing.”

Assistant coach coach Paul Jerrard and Stu Barnes will coach one of the teams tonight and Texas Stars coach Jeff Pyle and Texas assistant Jeff Truitt will coach the other. Gulutzan will watch from upstairs at the Civic Centre.

“It’s probably the only time I can get kind of get a bird’s eye view of what’s going on,” said Gulutzan.

Desjardins away on family matter

Stars associate coach Willie Desjardins did not come to Prince Edward Island with the team this weekend to a death in the family. He is expected to join the team once it returns to Frisco on Wednesday, a team official said.

Sunday’s practice lineup

Sunday’s practice lineup looked pretty much the same as Saturday’s. Defenseman Alex Theriau switched groups, but for the most part the lines and the defensive combinations stayed the same.

Group B

Fraser-Benn-Ott
Eriksson-Burish-Glennie
Tousignant-Fiddler-Dvorak
Gazdic-Dowell-Godard/Ritchie

Grossman-Fortunus
Pardy-Souray
Jordie Benn-Daley
Oleksiak-Lukowich

Lehtonen
Beskorowany
Campbell

Group A

Petersen-Ribeiro-Ryder
Morrow-Wandell-Vincour/Schultz
Barch-Morin-Sceviour/Roman
Wathier-Garbutt-Sawada

Goligoski-Larsen
Dillon-Robidas
Fistric-Spang
Theriau/Labrie-Coyle

Raycroft
Bachman

Video: Stars practice in PEI

September, 17, 2011
9/17/11
8:59
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- Here's a couple minutes worth of video of the Dallas Stars practicing today at the CARI Complex on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. This is the first session of today with players from Group A.

Glen Gulutzan sets pace as camp opens

September, 17, 2011
9/17/11
4:01
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- New Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said his team will play with pace this season and that’s the way his first practice began as training camp opened Saturday at the CARI Complex on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island.

“We’ll practice that way -- pacey -- all the time,” Gulutzan said. “If you want to play pacey you have to practice pacey. The two have to be together.”

The Stars, 49 players in all, practiced in two groups Saturday with each one spending about 90 minutes on the ice. There was off-ice work as well, including video sessions. While the on ice work was pacey, the off ice work was detailed and thorough.

“Really good, very positive,” forward Toby Petersen said of the first day under Gulutzan. “I think the most noticeable thing is the attention to detail that he brings. We’re watching video and going over the new system and there is not much that is left uncovered. I think we all know what our job is going to be out there. Obviously we’re learning right now and there are going to be mistakes over the next couple days, but you can tell he has everything planned out.”

“I think the first day was great,” defenseman Stephane Robidas said. “Good video session before explaining the details of the defensive zone coverage. What they want, what they are expecting. Explain on the video and explain on the board, so everything is clear. We went on the ice and did drills with a lot of pace. We went straight at it and did a lot of D zone coverage. It’s something we’ll work on a lot.”

“I enjoyed it. I think he is a really smart coach,” Steve Ott said. “In the video session he is very thorough, very detailed. I think he makes it easy to understand. If he gets us all on that same page and to translate it on to the ice, then the system runs itself. That’s where we need to be, but we’re a ways from there yet.”

As for that defensive zone coverage, Gulutzan called it refining what the team did last season. Some of the players said the changes would not be a huge adjustment, but added that it was a simple, common sense approach that cuts out a lot of guesswork.

“There’s no gray zone. Everyone knows where they’re going,” said Robidas. “One defenseman always protects the middle and the other one protects the puck. There’s never two D in the corners. It’s a simple system. It makes sense. Sometimes today I was in front of the net and I felt like I am not doing much, but my job is just to protect it in case something breaks down. It’s little things like that, but it’s not a huge, huge adjustment.”

During the Stars’ stay in PEI, Gulutzan said he wants to get the foundation of the team’s game together. Defensive zone coverage is one part of it, and there is more he wants to get in place before the Stars play their first preseason game in Montreal on Tuesday.

“Our goal is to get our spine together. We talked about it, even a long time ago in the press conference, about getting the backbone of our game together, the non-negotiable items,” Gulutzan said.” That’s going to be the first three days of practice here, all those non-negotiable items -- our D zone, our tracking and our forecheck. That’s going to form the foundation for us. That’s our goal going in Montreal is to have that foundation in place.”

Quotable

“I think our defensive structure will be important. I think our goaltending is solid with Kari (Lehtonen) and Razor (Andrew Raycroft), but we have to give them some easier looks. We have to have a better structure. I think offensively we have a lot of guys that are gifted and can do some things. I just think the overall structure of our team has to be better.”

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk on what area he would most like to see the Stars improve in 2011-12

Saturday’s practice lineup

Group A

Petersen-Ribeiro-Ryder
Morrow-Wandell-Vincour
Barch-Morin-Sceviour/Roman
Schultz/Wathier-Garbutt-Sawada

Goligoski-Larsen
Dillon-Robidas
Fistric-Spang
Labrie-Coyle

Raycroft
Bachman

Group B

Fraser-Benn-Ott
Eriksson-Burish-Glennie
Tousignant-Fiddler-Dvorak
Gazdic-Dowell-Godard/Ritchie

Grossman-Fortunus
Pardy-Souray
Jordie Benn-Daley
Oleksiak/Theriau-Lukowich

Lehtonen
Beskorowany
Campbell

Greetings from Prince Edward Island

September, 16, 2011
9/16/11
8:45
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- Hello from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where it is in the low 50’s and feeling like hockey training camp this evening.

The Stars touched down in Charlottetown about 6:30 p.m. local time, which is two hours ahead of Dallas.

The Stars hit the ice tomorrow morning at the CARI Complex at the University of Prince Edward Island and will be practicing in two groups on two separate rinks.

There will be plenty of interesting things to watch over the next few days. Just the first couple days of training camp under new head coach Glen Gulutzan is a storyline in itself.

The new players have all been in Frisco skating prior to camp, but this is a chance to watch Michael Ryder, Vernon Fiddler, Sheldon Souray, Radek Dvorak, Jake Dowell, Adam Pardy and Eric Godard in a much different setting, especially the scrimmages.

It will be a chance to see if any of the younger guys who could push for NHL time this season - Brenden Dillon, Philip Larsen, Tomas Vincour, Matt Fraser, Colton Sceviour, etc. – can make an early impression in camp.

It’s a nice opportunity to see how young prospects like Jamie Oleksiak, Jack Campbell and Brett Ritchie stack up with the big guys.

Also, we might get an early glimpse of how Gulutzan sees some of the pieces falling together as far as lines and defense pairings, but I think that is for later in camp and the preseason because of the number of players who will be around to start camp.

Saturday practice schedule (Local Time)

Here’s tomorrow’s on-ice practice schedule. Again, there’s a two-hour time difference between PEI and Dallas, so take that into consideration when looking at the schedule below.

Group A (CARI Complex Rink 1)

9:40 – 10:10 a.m. : Goalie practice
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. : On-ice practice

Group B (CARI Complex Rink 2)

12:05 – 12:35 p.m. : Goalie practice
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. : On-ice practice

Stars to hold training camp in PEI again

March, 29, 2011
3/29/11
10:23
AM CT
The Dallas Stars will be heading back to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for training camp in September, a team official has confirmed. An official announcement is expected soon.

The team held a brief camp there last September and both the Stars and city considered it a success.

The two sides met recently in Dallas and have reached an agreement for the Stars to return, and this time the stay will be a little longer.

The tentative dates have the Stars with a prospects practice on September 16, a full practice on September 17, an intrasquad scrimmage on September 18 and then full practices on the September 19 and September 20.

And there is also the possibility that the Stars could make a stop in Montreal for a preseason game against the Canadiens before returning to Texas to finish out camp and the preseason. But that is not set in stone yet.

Update: You can find the full release on the Stars returning to PEI here.

Brad Richards' $500,000 donation

September, 21, 2010
9/21/10
8:18
AM CT
As I was getting on the plane in Charlottetown yesterday to make the long trip back to Dallas, Brad Richards was a making a major contribution in his home province.
Brad Richards is well known to Islanders for his accomplishments on the ice but it was what he did off it Monday that will have the greatest impact on families in he NHL superstar's home province.

As the Dallas Stars NHL training camp was winding down on the Island, Richards stopped in to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and announced a $500,000 donation to help purchase medical equipment for children.

The rest of the story is here from The Guardian.

The Stars official site has some video of Richards making the donation here.

It was a nice way to cap off the Stars' stay in Prince Edward Island.

Nieuwendyk's thoughts on camp in PEI

September, 20, 2010
9/20/10
9:42
AM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island – I caught up with Joe Nieuwendyk just as the Stars were winding down their final practice session in Prince Edward Island and asked him about his thoughts on team’s four days in PEI.

“Coming here has made guys be together and brought closeness to our group,” Nieuwendyk said. “It just has had a great feel to me with Kari Lehtonen kind of leading the way. I think he’s been awesome all summer and in the game yesterday.

“I’m seeing some real positive, upbeat guys. I think because expectations are not high on our team guys really want to prove people wrong. They’ve worked hard and we’re seeing some chemistry with lines with [Steve] Ott, [Jamie] Benn and [Fabian] Brunnstrom. If Brunnstrom can continue to go the way he is that would be a huge bonus for us.

“[Brenden] Morrow and [Mike] Ribeiro look excited and look like they are going to have a big year for us. [Adam] Burish brings some speed and grit to our lineup. The [Brad] Richards line will always be the Richards line. We’ve got a lot of good pieces. … With a year under our belts with Marc Crawford’s system, I think we are going to be in good shape.”

Nieuwendyk said it’s still early, but he thinks Matt Niskanen has looked good and said Trevor Daley has been moving up ice the way the team expects.

On the possibility of the team coming back to PEI for training camp, he said they are in discussions with officials in Charlottetown.

“We had such a great experience. When we get back to Dallas we’ll review everything,” Nieuwendyk said. “I think there’s a very good chance. We had nothing but a positive experience. We’ll engage in those talks sooner rather than later.”

Stars wrap it up in PEI this morning

September, 20, 2010
9/20/10
6:04
AM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- The Dallas Stars hold their final practice session in Prince Edward Island today and then head back home for Tuesday's preseason game against Tampa Bay at American Airlines Center.

"It's been good," Stars captain Brenden Morrow said of the team's time in PEI. "There have been some early mornings with the time change, but so far, so good. It's a great a city here. We've been able to enjoy some fresh seafood. There's been good hospitality. They've treated us pretty good."

The MacLauchlan Arena on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island, where the Stars practiced Saturday and will practice again today, is top notch.

"This building is terrific," said Stars coach Marc Crawford. "The ice surfaces are great. The ice holds up and you love that. It's a first class facility."

The Stars will practice and scrimmage today and are scheduled to fly back to Dallas at 2 p.m. local time (Noon Central Time).

Stars training camp: Sunday video

September, 19, 2010
9/19/10
7:13
PM CT
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island -- Here's some video of Sunday's scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. It was shot from the press box, so the view was obstructed at times. If you go full screen and HD it seems to be OK.

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