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Stars owner says they’ll be in on any free agents

Jun 24, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

Tom Gaglardi AP

New Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is heading into his first summer of free agency. While the team is in a bit of transition, especially after dealing Mike Ribeiro to Washington, he tells Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News they’ll be in on plenty of free agents starting July 1.

“We’re definitely adjusting, so we don’t have a budget yet, but we’re prepared to be in there on any player,” Gaglardi said. “We want to be smart, and we want to build the team for the long-term, to be a long-term winner, but we also know that we have free agency and we have trades, and we have to be prepared to use both of them to get better. There’s a reason for free agency, and it can help you get better without giving up assets.”

The Stars have had to be quiet the last few summers thanks to their ownership situation being up in the air. Now with Gaglardi in place, normalcy can come back to Dallas.

Don’t expect rampant free-wheeling, however, as Gaglardi isn’t expected to be at all like former owner Tom Hicks. Dallas would ideally like to get in on the hunt for Ryan Suter, but going up against the likes of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and others they’ll have stiff competition.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    “Stars owner says they’ll be in on any free agents” / “we don’t have a budget yet” – is there another Terry Pegula on the horizon? :-D

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Heard this a month ago and laughed.
    Nobody of consequence will choose to sign in Dallas until they get a half decent team built first, which they are years away from doing.

  3. lordfletcher - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Dallas is more likely to be a bottom 5 team in 2012-13, than a contender for any free agents this July.

  4. zaksyuk - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    It’s not all bad in Dallas guys. Great goaltending and a decent core of player’s to build on. They are definitley lacking in alot of categories though. Probably gona have to build on draft picks for the next couple years but you cant really count any team out exept columbus and the islanders lol

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      They will have to prove that on the ice this year before any serious FA’s choose Dallas. It’s not about the city, it’s just how it is in places who’s direction is unclear or questionable. Calgary, Columbus, Florida, Phoenix, Anaheim and others are no different.
      They are blowing hot air, which they must do to generate interest and calm a fan base, but in reality Dallas isn’t going to be a major player this off-season.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Every team is on every FA haha. Doesn’t mean a thing unless ya sign one (or more).

  6. DTF31 - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Galiardi ran the Kamloops Blazers into the ground after being a perennial powerhouse and the team has only JUST recovered. I’d be scared dickless if I was a Dallas fan

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