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Dallas owner Gaglardi: ‘Our best players can be better’

Oct 9, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

Tom Gaglardi

Though his team’s season is just two games old, Tom Gaglardi already has some areas for improvement.

“I look at the games, and I know our best players can be better,” the Stars owner told the Dallas Morning News. “So if you look at what we did in the second game, and you think you can be even better than that, then I think it’s pretty promising.”

Dallas opened the year with a flat 4-2 loss to Florida, a game which head coach Lindy Ruff said “maybe we thought it was going to be a little easy.”

The Stars rebounded with a 2-1 win over Washington in their second contest, but are still waiting for their big-ticket players to start producing.

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn registered their first points of the season against the Caps — both notched assists on Erik Cole‘s opening tally — but don’t have any goals (rookie Alex Chiasson has two of the club’s four so far).

The Stars also have zero production from Sergei Gonchar, Shawn Horcoff or highly-touted draftee Valeri Nichushkin.

That said, Gaglardi thinks there are signs the team is on the right path.

“I like a lot of what I see, but I know there has to be more consistency,” he explained.“That opening game was a disappointment for everyone there, but they responded in the right way and now we have to see if they keep moving forward.”

  1. darksidecowboy - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Love the new owner in Dallas, but sometimes these things take time, as in chemistry. Nobody likes to lose the home opener but it happens. If the studs like Benn and Seguin don’t score in the next 3 or 4 games then I’d be worried. Something tells me this road trip is going to really bring the team together and that top line will be dominant.

    • joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      True! But! This is a stark contrast from Leonis in Wsh. Rather than pushing the boys publicly he comes across as very complacent. Nice that the owner is putting a little pressure on the boys. They get the big bucks to produce, and he’s signing the checks.

  2. ras1tafari - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Seguin may be psychologically damaged from Claude Julien’s style of play. I’m sure he wants to be footloose out there, but somewhere in the back of his mind he keep hearing “skate your lane”.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Skate your lane? Dude, have you watched more than three Bruins games in your life? You do realize Seguin’s entire problem in Boston was that he “stayed in his lane” and wouldn’t drive towards the net if you payed him. Every time he got the puck with speed he kept to the outside, refusing to cut to the middle, and would take a shot from the outside that would bounce off the goalies chest. Or, the mere fact that the Bruins system if based on a triangle cycle. With third man cycling high, its far from “staying in their lane”.

      It wasn’t Julien that screwed up Seguin. It was getting hit by a few NHL defensemen his first full year, and never wanting to return to the middle of the ice again because of it.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      By the way… for a team that has to “skate their lane”, it seems to be working out pretty well for that team. Not a single major star, yet somehow they continue to win, and return to the Finals. I’d call Juliens system “playing to his rosters strengths”. Seguin didn’t play to his strengths in Boston. On or off the ice. No one is to blame for that but him.

  3. garyleee - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Sequin simple misses Nathan Horton’s wife.

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