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Crosby, Neal among attendees at five-day “camp” in Dallas

Oct 23, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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Last week, a group of Stars players made calls to organize high-level training sessions in the Dallas area.

On Monday, their plan came together.

Headlined by Pittsburgh Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and James Neal, a group of approximately 20 NHLers convened on the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Plano, TX. for a five-day “camp” led by former Panthers assistant coach Jim Hulton.

“We just made some phone calls and got some players to buy in on it, and here we are,” Stars defenseman Trevor Daley told the Dallas News. “We’re serious about it. We want to come in here and have a serious workout and get ready as if we’re going to be playing soon, because I think we all hope we’ll be playing soon.”

Hulton was hired to run drills and a support staff was brought in to take care of equipment.

As for the guys involved, the majority of participants are Stars players (Mark Fistric, Eric Nystrom, Vern Fiddler, Ray Whitney, Richard Bachman and Daley) with a few others holding ties to the organization.

Three players on the Dallas roster from a year ago — Steve Ott (now with Buffalo), Adam Pardy (ditto) and Sheldon Souray (Anaheim) — are in town. The rest of the camp attendees are from all over the NHL: Ryane Clowe, Chris Kunitz, Mike Weber, Cam Fowler, Dan Cleary, Ryan Malone, Teddy Purcell and Aaron Johnson.

Souray said the goal of the camp was to get everyone into game shape, as if the season was to start soon.

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst,” he said. “We’re trying to prepare in a way where we’ll be ready if we’re asked to play quickly.”

  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Here is the real question. What do they know, that we all don’t?

    • blomfeld - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      a deal get’s announced during the week of November 5 -10 … in the meantime “mum’s the word” … we’ll lose perhaps 10 -15 games tops … all will be well …

  2. psr179 - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    this coming friday is the supposed deadline for a deal to be reached with a full season intact. coincidental? i think not but maybe im just overly optimistic.

  3. blomfeld - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    not a big Crosby fan, but good on him for doing the right thing …

  4. id4joey - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Yep! A deal is a coming blomfeld. BTW, what do you have against Crosby?

    • blomfeld - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Nah, nothing really Id4joey … I know he’s the best there is in the game today … it’s just that he comes across a little bit “too” contrived and predictable in interviews for my liking … I prefer the more “raw, honest and emotional” type of personality … and being a bit of a “crazy” rebel never hurts either … :)

      • id4joey - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        True. But keep in mind that he became the face (right or wrong) of the NHL at a very young age. We should see his interviews become less contrive as he gains more maturity. Ask yourself how you would have handled that pressure at such a young age. Me? Man! I would have probably been drinking to flee the pressure. He’s a good kid from a good family who grew up in a small town, played junior hockey in an equally small remote town, and then he was thrusted at the forefront of the NHL.

  5. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Wasnt Crosby supposed to go play in the KHL……..? O yea i forgot hes scared to.

    • eyeh8goodell - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Is that why Giroux signed in Germany, jackass?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Haha why would Crosby be scared to play in the KHL? I know we are fellow Philly Phans but ya gotta bring better chirp material!

    • classicfootballplease - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      The streets of Philadelphia smell like urine.

  6. workerparasite - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    ““Hope for the best, prepare for the worst,” he said. “We’re trying to prepare in a way where we’ll be ready if we’re asked to play quickly.””

    Is Souray saying that he’s preparing for the worst – the lockout ending soon? What is it he’s hoping for then?

  7. id4joey - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Can this band of unhappy players be behind the request to meet with the owners? Maybe…. Why not? Hockey is coming. Compare the sequence of events here with the last NBA lockout and you will learn how this impasse will end. Not a chance they’ll cancel the season.

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