GAGLARDI TAKES OVER
Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi was introduced as the new owner of the Dallas Stars Monday.
After more than two years of dogged pursuit, Gaglardi, the 43-year-old president of Northland Properties Corporation, took over the Stars Friday after getting approval from a bankruptcy court in Delaware. It took more than a year for the deal to be finalized due to the bankruptcy proceeding.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Monday "a defining moment for this franchise."
"If the level of determination and perseverance that Tom Gaglardi has shown in pursuit of this franchise is any indication of the future, the future is extraordinarily bright and people will once again be celebrating the Stanley Cup here," Bettman added. "Tom made it his mission to own this franchise. Why? Because he believes in Dallas, he believes in the National Hockey League and he believes in the Dallas Stars. So I believe that watching him over the last year, we have the right owner at the right time, for the right market, for the right franchise."
Gaglardi has already made one move, bringing Jim Lites back as president. Lites served as president of the Stars on two previous occasions but has been working with the NFL since 2007.
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason was scratched from the lineup Monday against the Calgary Flames after taking a Rick Nash shot in the mask during the morning skate.
Mason was able to leave the practice under his own power but was clearly wobbled, forcing the Blue Jackets to call up Allen York as the backup to Curtis Sanford. Mason wasn't expected to start against Calgary.
"He's not good," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel told the Columbus Dispatch. "Yorkie's on his way in here. (Mason's) going to miss (Monday) and we'll re-evaluate him (Tuesday). He got hit pretty good there, hit pretty hard."
The Blue Jackets also sent winger Matt Calvert to Springfield of the AHL.
SEMIN A TARGET
Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau thinks the NHL's referees are out to get forward Alex Semin.
Semin, who has been whistled for 14 minor penalties this season (second most to Anaheim's Corey Perry), has a reputation around the league for going down easily. He took a diving penalty, his second of the season, early in Washington's loss to Toronto on Saturday.
"Obviously the refs seem to have it out for him. There's no doubt that there are penalties he deserves. We're not disputing that," Boudreau told the Washington Post. "But I don't think that diving penalty (in Toronto) was a diving penalty, I don't think the penalty in Winnipeg when he knocked the stick out of the guy's hand was a penalty. They definitely look at him; he's got a reputation so it's unfortunate for him but he's earned the reputation."
Semin was a healthy scratch Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes, the first time since his rookie season in 2003-04 that's happened.
PRICE FIRST STAR
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday, edging out San Jose Sharks defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read.
Price posted a pair of shutouts, stopping 25 shots in a win over Carolina and 17 in a win over the Rangers, after losing in a shootout to Buffalo. He is now 8-6-3 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
Vlasic, the second star, had one goal and six assists in three games. Read, the third star, had four goals and one assists in three games, including the winner with 18.6 seconds left against Phoenix.
Work began Monday to transform Citizens Bank Park from baseball diamond to arena.
Installation of decking to protect the field started as preparation for the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia got under way. The Philadelphia Flyers will play the New York Rangers in the annual outdoor game Jan. 1.
The Flyers also unveiled the jersey they will wear in the Winter Classic. The orange jersey has a retro look but is unlike anything the team has worn in the past.
"This is definitely different," Flyers owner Ed Snider said on the league's website. "And definitely special. It's a special occasion."
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was fined $2,500 for high-sticking Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Derek Morris Saturday. The fine was the maximum allowable under terms of the CBA ... San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe was also fined $2,500 for slashing Dallas Stars defenceman Stephane Robidas Saturday. He wasn't penalized on the play ... Former Edmonton Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick has reportedly signed with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish second league, Hockey Allsvenskan. Strudwick has played 631 NHL games in his pro career ... Sidney Crosby wasn't the only Pittsburgh Penguin to come off the injured list Monday. Defenceman Zbynek Michalek played after missing almost a month with a broken finger.