Darryl Sydor was back on the ice with his former teammates today, skating with Matt Niskanen. Sydor is wearing No. 55, by the way, for those of you scoring at home...
Sydor, as you could imagine, was happy to be back. He doesn't know what role he'll have yet, or who his playing partner would be (Dave Tippett said they'll look at their options), but he's ready for whatever happens.
OK, now tidbits: B.J. Crombeen was placed on waivers today. If he clears, then the Stars could send him to the minors. If not, then someone else gets his services.
Trevor Daley, meanwhile, was out today with the flu. According to Tippett, he was sick when he played on Saturday night, too, so he took the day to rest. Jere Lehtinen is apparently a little dinged up, but Tippett figures he'll be a player on Thursday. The luxury of having a few days off.
Talked with Stephane Robidas a little bit today about Philippe Boucher's departure. Roby and Boucher were close friends, live in the same neighborhood and their kids go to school together (Roby's son and Boucher's daughter), so obviously Sunday was a sad day for him, too. You remember at times like this that these guys do consider themselves a family, and losing a member can hurt.