The wait is over. The Dallas Stars have a new owner, which means the uncertainty this franchise and it’s fanbase has gone through the past couple years has finally turned in to certainty.
Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi can breathe a sigh of relief as well as it’s been a long, dragged out process to complete the purchase. Jim Lites has also been named President and CEO of the Stars by Gaglardi. Lites held the position twice previously, from 1993 to 2003 and 2003 to 2007 so he’s very familiar with the franchise and the fans.
This doesn’t mean that money is about to be thrown around because we have it, it means that money can and will be put in to every aspect that makes up a successful franchise. From marketing, to having the right people in charge from top to bottom, and of course yes the players on the ice. Gaglardi said he believes successful franchises are built from within, but he realizes that other moves can be made to help and he gives Nieuwendyk the go ahead to do so if need be. That’s something Joe hasn’t had since his tenure with the team began.
It should be pointed out that the last two times the Stars changed hands, they made the Cup Final not long after. Norm Green purchased the North Stars back in 1990 and they advanced to the final in 1991, and of course the club winning it’s Stanley Cup in 1999 just three years after Tom Hicks took the reigns back in 1996. A new owner doesn’t guarantee the same immediate success, but it will sure help and Mr.Gaglardi seems grounded and dedicated enough, not to mention a big enough fan of the game, that building a winner will be the first thing on his mind.
This is certainly a great moment for the franchise, and a major step in getting it back to the upper echelon of the NHL where it belongs.
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Written by Travis Currie
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