Dallas Stars: Sheldon Souray

Sheldon Souray signs with Anaheim Ducks

July, 2, 2012
A year ago we spoke to veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray moments after he signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars. It was in many ways a career lifeline thrown to the embattled defenseman who’d run afoul of management in Edmonton and been banished to the American Hockey League before finally being bought out by the Oilers.

His pride dinged up and his reputation in question, Souray was a model citizen in Dallas, working with the Stars' young defensemen and providing some much needed snarl. While the Stars couldn’t quite get over the hump and into the playoffs last spring, Souray’s play reinforced that at age 36 the Elk Point, Alberta native can still bring it.

Fast-forward to this year and not only has Souray’s career been revived, in many ways the stars have aligned in a way that suggests he is ready for even better times as the twilight of his career approaches.

Souray, blessed with a big shot to go with his big 6-foot-4 frame, signed a three-year deal Sunday with the Anaheim Ducks that will pay him $11 million over the life of the deal, but beyond the money, he signed a deal that brings with it rare peace of mind.

After spending his whole career packing up and leaving his two children behind at the start of the season, he will remain a short car ride (depending on California traffic of course) away from his two daughters.

“As we’re all getting older, it’s just getting tougher to say goodbye,” Souray told ESPN.com Monday.

“It was getting harder and harder to be away from them.”

His one daughter will turn nine in late September and his other daughter is five. Having them close by will bring a comfort level that he hasn’t enjoyed in a long time and he believes it will translate into better play on the ice for a Ducks team that got bigger on the back end on the first day of free agency with the signing of Souray and Bryan Allen.

“I’ve always been a better player when they’re around. You’re just more complete,” Souray said. “There’s a peace of mind that comes with having them around.”

Souray, based in Malibu while his daughters live with their mother in Beverley Hills, regularly skates with California-based NHLers in the offseason, and he was already beginning to dread the annual routine of packing up and heading off to a new NHL hometown.

Now he can concentrate on helping a team that started poorly last year -- costing head coach Randy Carlyle his job -- before rebounding under coach Bruce Boudreau. Ultimately the Ducks fell short of the playoffs but there is optimism that it was an aberration for a team that won a Cup in 2007 and made the playoffs in five of the first six seasons after the lockout. Although Souray hasn’t played for Boudreau, he knows something of the former Washington head coach having played for the Caps’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey two seasons ago when the Oilers banished him from the organization.

All the staff and players in Hershey “raved about Bruce,” Souray said.

He’s also familiar with new Anaheim teammates Saku Koivu, having played with the former Montreal captain in Montreal, and Andrew Cogliano, who was acquired from the Oilers last July.

“It’s awesome,” Souray said of this new chapter in his hockey tale. “I think I can bring some of the X factors they have [been] searching for the last couple of years.”

Stars-Oilers preview

March, 27, 2012

Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
Wednesday, March 28
8:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (41-30-5) are coming off a 5-4 loss in Calgary on Monday. They gave up four second-period goals, including two power-play goals late in the period. For the game, the Stars gave up three power-play goals on six short-handed situations.

“We got into penalty trouble and their power play beat us tonight,” Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray said. “We weren’t as disciplined as we have been. We talked about that and we just got a little bit away from that. We just let them get on the power play way too much tonight.”

The Stars, who have lost four of their last six games, enter Wednesday’s game in seventh place in the Western Conference. They are one point out of the Pacific Division lead and the third seed in the West, and one point ahead of ninth-place Los Angeles.

“We’re going to refocus and get back at it,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We have six games left and we are in a playoff spot.”

Forward Reilly Smith’s immigration paperwork has been wrapped up and he’s available to play, but it’s not clear when he’ll make his NHL debut.

Injuries: LW Eric Nystrom (leg) and RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) are day-to-day. D Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) is out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (31-36-9) last played Sunday, winning 6-3 at Columbus. It was the second straight win for the Oilers, who extended their points streak to seven games (5-0-2). The Oilers went 3-0-1 on a road trip that also included stops in Nashville, Tampa Bay and Florida.

"We've certainly had our trials and tribulations this year to say the least," coach Tom Renney said. "We have hockey yet to play. Our hope and our objective is to make sure that we finish the whole season this way. It's a good trip for us. We've got to go home now and take care of some business there and then head back out again.”

The big news in Edmonton on Tuesday was that forward Taylor Hall, who is recovering from a concussion, would have season-ending shoulder surgery. He is expected to be out five to six months.

"It was assessed by the medical people that he's better off at this point during the season that we get this done now," Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said. "He's a young guy, he'll have a full recovery and we've got the time now to do the proper rehab. He should be ready for the start of (next) season.”

Injuries: C Shawn Horcoff (back) and C Lennart Petrell (groin) are questionable. LW Taylor Hall (concussion/shoulder) is out.

Series notes

*This the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.

*The Stars have won all three of the previous meetings in regulation by a combined score of 11-3.

*November 21, at Dallas: Stars 4, Oilers 1
January 7, at Dallas: Stars 4, Oilers 1
March 2, at Edmonton: Stars 3, Oilers 1

Mistakes costly in Stars' loss to Flames

March, 27, 2012

Needing wins or at least points in a tight playoff race, the Dallas Stars found a way to get neither Monday night in Calgary. Penalties and turnovers proved costly as the Stars fell 5-4 to the Flames.

The Stars, who had 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, gave up four goals in the second period, one off a turnover and two off Calgary power plays.

“We gave them what happened tonight. We had the game, we were in a good spot at 2-1, then we make an error and then we take penalty after penalty until they get a two goal lead. Dumb, dumb penalties,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “You’ve got to learn how to win and the way we went about it doesn’t look like we want to win. It really doesn’t. They’ve got to figure that out for themselves.”

The Stars’ penalty kill, which has been stellar as of late, gave up three power play goals on six shorthanded opportunities. Calgary scored twice on the power play late in the second to turn a 3-3 game into a 5-3 Calgary lead.

“We got into penalty trouble and their power play beat us tonight,” said Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray. “We weren’t as disciplined as we have been. We talked about that and we just got a little bit away from that. We just let them get on the power play way too much tonight.”

The loss, their fourth in the last six games, dropped the Stars to seventh place in the Western Conference standings. They are one point out of the first in the Pacific Division and the third seed in the West, but still just one point ahead of ninth place.

“It’s a tough game to lose. We definitely needed these two points,” said Stars forward Jamie Benn. “We had too many turnovers and too many costly penalties. We shoot ourselves in the foot tonight.”

Benn gave the Stars a 1-0 lead 24 seconds into the game, beating Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with a shot from beyond the left circle off the rush. Calgary tied with an Olli Jokinen power play goal at 6:53 of the first.

Benn scored 44 seconds into the second period on a shot from the slot off the rush to put the Stars up 2-1, and after the next shift, with his team looking out of sync, Flames coach Brent Sutter called a timeout.

“Do you really want to know,” Sutter said when asked what he said during the timeout. “It was just get back to settling down and playing our game.”

Midway through the period, the Flames scored two goals in 45 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead. The first one came at the 9:16 mark when Stars forward Mike Ribeiro’s pass into the slot in the Dallas zone went right onto the stick of Calgary’s Blake Comeau, who ripped the puck past Kari Lehtonen to tie the game.

At the 10:01 mark Mike Cammalleri scored on the rebound of Anton Babchuk shot after the Flames had won an offensive zone draw.

Ribeiro scored off a rebound with 5:31 left in the second to tie the game at 3-3, but Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas was called for tripping 30 seconds later and Calgary scored just before Robidas came out of the penalty box. Mark Giordano scored off a blast form the point with 3:02 left in the period.

Ninety seconds later, Stars forward Steve Ott was called for tripping and the Flames struck again on the power play to make it a 5-3 game. Cammalleri set up Alex Tanguay, who scored from the slot.

Philip Larsen scored on the power play for the Stars early in the third, but Dallas could never get the equalizer.

The Flames snapped a five-game winless streak and pulled to within two points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“If you look at the standings we are definitely not out of it,” said Giordano. “We got a big win tonight, and we’ll go game-by-game here.”


*The Stars lost left wing Eric Nystrom in the first period after he was cut on the leg. He is day-to-day, according to Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

*Stars right wing Radek Dvorak missed Monday’s game due to a sore ankle.

*Tom Wandell, Toby Petersen, Jordie Benn and Reilly Smith were scratched for Dallas.

*The Stars allowed three power play goals in a game for the second time this season. They allowed three in a 5-4 shootout win at Los Angeles on January 12.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has eight goals in the last ten games.

Postgame quotes

March, 26, 2012
Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 5-4 loss in Calgary on Monday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“We gave them what happened tonight. We had the game, we were in a good spot at 2-1, then we make an error and then we take penalty after penalty until they get a two goal lead. Dumb, dumb penalties. … You’ve got to learn how to win and the way we went about it doesn’t look like we want to win. It really doesn’t. They’ve got to figure that out for themselves.”

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray

“We got into penalty trouble and their power play beat us tonight. We weren’t as disciplined as we have been. We talked about that and we just got a little bit away from that. We just let them get on the power play way too much tonight.”

Stars forward Jamie Benn

“It’s a tough game to lose. We definitely needed these two points. We had too many turnovers and too many costly penalties. We shot ourselves in the foot tonight.”

Souray, Dvorak in tonight vs. Coyotes

March, 20, 2012

DALLAS -- Defenseman Sheldon Souray and right wing Radek Dvorak will both be in tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

Dvorak has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and Souray has missed the last four with a charley horse.

"I am excited to come back in and be a part of what the guys are doing here and what we are trying to accomplish," Souray said. "It's always a lot more fun to step in the lineup when the games are so meaningful."

First place in the Pacific Division and the third seed in the Western Conference is at stake in tonight's game.

"It's a huge game," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "We're focusing on tonight and how we need to be tonight. It's a division rival, it's the last time we play them and it's our biggest game of the year."

Kari Lehtonen is in goal tonight for the Stars.

Here's what the Stars are expected to roll out for a lineup tonight.



DALLAS -- Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric chuckled when it was mentioned to him that Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes was the biggest of the season -- until the next game.

“Yeah, we’ve been saying that for the last 30 games,” Fistric said with a laugh. “But it’s huge. You look at the standings and where everyone is right now, it’s a huge game. Any way you look at it, it is game one of the playoffs for us.”

After a three day break, Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes kicks off the final ten games of the regular season that will determine if the Stars will make the playoffs.

“We are looking at these ten games like a playoff series,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We want to win game one.”

The Stars enter Tuesday’s game tied with the Coyotes at 83 points, but the Stars hold the Pacific Division lead because they have played one fewer game than Phoenix and have the better points percentage. A win and the Stars hold onto the division lead. A loss and the Stars are looking up at the Coyotes in the Pacific.

It's not just a battle for the division lead. It's a battle to keep from falling out of the top eight. Both teams are just one point up on ninth place in conference and a loss, especially a regulation loss, moves one of them closer to being out of a playoff spot.

“It’s so tight that one or two games and you can drop out that fast. We understand that and we know what we have to do,” said Stars forward Michael Ryder. “It’s just a matter of us going out there and playing the way we can, and not focus too much on other teams and what they do.”

The two teams have followed similar paths to where they are now - the Stars holding the third seed in the West and the Coyotes sitting in the seventh spot. Both were out of a playoff spot at the All-Star break, but both have put together impressive runs after the break. Phoenix went 11-0-1 at one point, and the Stars were on a 10-0-1 run until losses to Winnipeg (Wednesday) and Chicago (Friday).

“We went on that run and were still not that far ahead. That’s just the way it is. You can’t afford to lose too many in a row,” said Ryder. “With ten games left we’ve got to give it all we can.”

This will be the sixth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Stars are 2-2-1 in the series, and the Coyotes are 3-0-2, including victories in the last three games.

“It’s going to be a tough game against Phoenix. Both teams are fighting for their lives,” said Morrow. “It’s going to be the first team that blinks that is going to lose the game. We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes.”

And Fistric said it’s going to the Stars playing their game for 60 minutes to secure points against the well-disciplined, defensive-minded Coyotes.

“We’ve got to go in with the mentality to play our game and don’t shy away from it,” said Fistric. “That’s how Phoenix beats teams. They play consistently and force teams to shy away from their game. I think our plan has to be play Stars hockey, and play for a full 60 minutes.”

Notes: Souray, Dvorak probable for Tuesday

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray (charley horse) and right wing Radek Dvorak (ankle) both practiced Monday and both are probable for Tuesday’s game against Phoenix. Souray has missed the last four games and Dvorak has missed the last three.

Souray, Dvorak probable for Tuesday

March, 19, 2012
DALLAS -- Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray and right wing Radek Dvorak are listed as probable for Tuesday's game against Phoenix at American Airlines Center.

Souray has missed the last four games with a charley horse. Dvorak has missed three games with an ankle injury.

"They're both probable, I would say for tomorrow," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "They're still a little banged up, but it's nothing that is going to get worse now with playing."

If both Souray and Dvorak are in then they would play in the their usual spots. Souray would be paired with Stephane Robidas on defense and Dvorak would be back on the right wing with left wing Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler. Neither player practiced in those spots Monday.

Here's how Monday's practice lineup looked:


Souray-Jordie Benn

EULESS -- The Dallas Stars held Sunday morning's practice before a pretty good crowd at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Euless.

"Today was a completely non-thinking day. It was about the body, it was about shooting the puck, maintenance and getting a sweat on," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "And it was about making sure that tomorrow we are ready for a good solid practice."

There was also some competitive stuff, which was entertaining for fans.

"We've come to Euless, which is great, to see all the fans," Gulutzan said. "You've got to keep it short, keep it fun and tomorrow is our day where we dig in and get refocused for Tuesday."

Defenseman Sheldon Souray (charley horse) practiced today. Right wing Radek Dvorak (ankle) didn't skate.

"We'll see with Sheldon on Tuesday. We're not committing to anything," said Gulutzan. "Devo didn't skate today, but we'll see on Tuesday. He's made some good strides."

The Stars must be setting a franchise record for breaking glass during practices this season. It happened again on Sunday. I believe it was Trevor Daley doing the honors this time around.

Stars look to recharge during short break

March, 18, 2012
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have three days between games and it’s their longest break since the All-Star break. They’ve played 24 games in 45 days, posting a 14-7-3 record to take over first in the Pacific Division and the third seed in the Western Conference.

But after a 5-2 loss in Winnipeg on Wednesday and then 4-1 loss to Chicago in Dallas on Friday, the break gives the Stars a chance to rest up for the final ten games of the season, which will determine if they’ll get into the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

“If it was two games ago when we were on a big run we probably wouldn’t have liked the timing of it, but when you’re coming off a couple of losses like we just had, it’s probably a good time,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We’re going to be in a big grind here over the next 10 games and they’re going to dictate our fate, so it’s going to be nice to have a couple of days where you could just recharge the batteries and be ready for that hard push.”

Two players who have been out with injuries – Sheldon Souray and Radek Dvorak – will get a couple more days to heal . Both are expected to return for Tuesdays’ game against Phoenix.

“The three-day break comes at a great time because it gives us time to heal a couple of the guys, Dvorak and Hammer, and it gives us to time to get away,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “And we’re still in a playoff spot no matter what happens here as far as games go and we have to focus on our last 10 and I think this three days gives us a good chance to do that.”

While the Stars will still be in a playoff spot, things are getting tighter in the standings. Their lead in the Pacific Division is down to one point and so is their lead over the ninth place spot in the Western Conference.

San Jose beat Detroit in overtime, pulling to within one point of the Stars for the Pacific Division lead with a game in hand. Los Angeles, which is currently in ninth place, beat Nashville and they are now one point behind the Stars with the same number of games played.

Colorado tied the Stars at 83 points Saturday, beating the New York Rangers. The Stars have two games in hand on the Avalanche.

Power plays over the last two games: 0

The Stars didn’t have a power play chance in Friday night’s 4-1 loss to the Chicago. It was the second straight game of no power play opportunities for the Stars.

“We’ve got to generate more flurries and pucks towards the net, so you make teams defend you and take penalties on you,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I thought there could have been a couple of penalties, but you can’t beg. You have to work to create opportunities that force them to defend and take you down. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

Four times this season the Stars have not had a power play in the game. Colorado leads the league in that category this season, going five games without a chance on the power play.

Stars practice in Euless Sunday

The Stars didn’t practice on Saturday. They will practice at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Euless Sunday morning at 10:30. Practice is open to the public. The Euless Dr. Pepper StarCenter is located at 1400 South Pipeline, Euless, TX 76040.

Philip Larsen a game-time decision

March, 16, 2012
DALLAS -- Dallas Stars defenseman Philip Larsen, who banged his knee into the endboards in Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Winnipeg, is a game-time decision for tonight's game against Chicago at American Airlines Center.

Larsen skated this morning, but if he can't play, then the Stars will insert Jordie Benn into the lineup.

"Jordie Benn is more than capable to go in if we need him," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.

Sheldon Souray (charley horse) and Radek Dvorak (ankle) both skated with the team this morning. Neither player will go tonight, but both players should be ready Tuesday.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars tonight. Gulutzan indicated that Lehtonen will play all four games of the homestand.

Corey Crawford gets the nod in net for the Blackhawks.
Stars defenseman Philip Larsen is day-to-day after suffering a lower body injury in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at Winnipeg.

Larsen went feet first into the end boards as he was defending Jets forward Blake Wheeler, who was skating behind the Dallas net. Larsen was down on the ice for a while and then was helped to the locker room. He returned late in the second period, took one shift but didn’t return for the third period.

“I don’t think Larsen will be too bad,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We’ll see. He’ll be a day-to-day.”

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray missed his third straight game with a lower body injury Wednesday night. Radek Dvorak missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. Both players are out for Friday’s game against Chicago, according to Gulutzan.

“They won’t be game players for Friday,” Gulutzan said.

Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who was dinged up late in the game when was hit in front of the Winnipeg net, was fine, according to Gulutzan.

Radek Dvorak, Sheldon Souray out tonight

March, 13, 2012
The Dallas Stars will be without right wing Radek Dvorak and defenseman Sheldon Souray for Tuesday night's game at Minnesota.

Dvorak injured is ankle in Saturday's 2-0 win over Anaheim. Souray will miss his second straight game with a lower body injury.

With Dvorak out of the lineup, Adam Burish will play on the right wing with left wing Eric Nystrom and center Vernon Fiddler.

Ryan Garbutt, who has a scratch the last game, will be back in on the fourth line with center Tom Wandell and right wing Tomas Vincour.

Here's the projected lineup for the Stars tonight:



FRISCO -- Things are trending Tomas Vincour’s way these days. The young Dallas Stars forward is playing well and, most important, the team is winning.

“Team first for me. When the team is doing great it’s always a great feeling,” Vincour said. “I am part of a winning team. It’s a huge thing for me and every day is so much fun. Every day is a challenge for me to get better and help the team keep rolling.”

And Vincour has made a contribution to the Stars’ current 9-0-1 run that has propelled them to the top of the Pacific Division and the third seed in the Western Conference. He’s been logging solid minutes on the team’s fourth line, and he’s chipped in offensively.

He scored a late game-tying goal and then the shootout winner in a victory over San Jose on Thursday and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Edmonton on March 2.

“He’s been real good,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “Strong along the walls, using his size and strength. You can see him holding off some bigger defensemen at this level. I think he is playing with some confidence and poise. Those young guys are going to be big for us to give us energy throughout this last push, these last 13 games.”

It’s been an up and down season for Vincour, who has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 37 games with Dallas. He started the season in the NHL but has been sent to the AHL a couple times, and he missed 14 games with a knee injury. He was in the AHL when the Stars came out of the All-Star break, but after captain Brenden Morrow went out with an injury Vincour was called back up and has been in the lineup for 19 straight games.

“The more you play you’re confidence gets higher,” Vincour said. “All the guys are great. They try to help you on the ice and off the ice, too. That’s really huge for me as a young guy.”

Sometimes you forget how young Vincour is. He’s just 21-years-old. And just two years out of junior hockey with just 61 NHL games under his belt.

This season he’s had a mentor in fellow Czech Radek Dvorak, a proven NHL veteran who has been a solid role model for Vincour.

“That’s been huge. Devo is like my dad,” Vincour said. “He’s a great leader, he’s been around the league for a long time. You can see his work ethic off the ice. He’s the first guy in the room and he’s working out before everyone gets here. That’s what you have to take from him, the experience and the work ethic. And you’ve got to push yourself.”

And pushing himself is what Vincour has been doing and it’s paying dividends.

“He’s got a good, long career in the NHL ahead of him,” said Gulutzan. “He works real hard. He had a great summer putting in work conditioning-wise, getting himself ready to play. In his own words, ‘getting serious about the game.’ Credit to him, he’s working his way into our lineup.”

Notes: Souray doubtful for Tuesday

*Defenseman Sheldon Souray practiced Monday, but is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Minnesota.

*RW Radek Dvorak didn’t practice Monday. He is questionable for Tuesday with an ankle injury.

*LW Jake Dowell missed Monday’s practice due to illness.

*The Stars recalled defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Monday.

Stars recall Jordie Benn from AHL

March, 12, 2012
The Dallas Stars have recalled defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. Benn will join the team in Minnesota, where the Stars take on the Wild on Tuesday night.

Benn gives the Stars an extra defenseman with Sheldon Souray doubtful for Tuesday's game and questionable for Wednesday's game in Winnipeg due to a lower body injury.

Benn, 24, played two games with Dallas earlier this season, collecting one assist. He leads Texas defensemen in scoring with 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in 56 games.

Souray doubtful; Dvorak questionable

March, 12, 2012
FRISCO -- Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray is questionable for Tuesday's game at Minnesota with a lower body injury. Souray did practice Monday morning in Frisco.

"He skated, which is a good sign for us. I think he is doubtful for tomorrow for sure," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "We'll see what he feels like for Wednesday (at Winnipeg), but doubtful for tomorrow."

Forward Radek Dvorak, who injured his ankle in Saturday's game against Anaheim, did not practice Monday.

"Devo is 50-50 for Tuesday. He's got a little bit of a lower body injury," Gulutzan said. "It's not serious."

Adam Burish took Dvorak's spot on a line with Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler during Monday's practice.

Also not on the ice Monday were center Mike Ribeiro and left wing Jake Dowell. It was a maintenance day for Ribeiro and he'll be a game player Tuesday, according to Gulutzan. Dowell was sick.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Tuesday. Gulutzan said they'll make a decision on Wednesday's starter after they see what happens in Tuesday's game.

"We've got three games in four nights and we have to decide how we are going to use our goaltenders," said Gulutzan. "We're just going to see what the workload is the first night and go from there."