The Stars started this morning working out at the Michael Johnson Performance Center, followed that up with a pretty intense, skill-based practice, and then capped it off with a charity golf outing.
It was a full day, but it was just what the team needed as it has four days off between games. The Stars took Sunday off to rest, will have two hard practices and then will have a normal practice Wednesday before flying to California for games Thursday (against LA) and Friday (against Anaheim).
``When we have these blocks, we're going to get two good practice days, which is perfect for us,'' Stars coach Marc Crawford said. ``I thought they got a lot of work done today both off the ice and on the ice...Our first part of the schedule has been very light, and we're probably not get another chance to do this again, so you want to take advantage of it.''
Jack Bowkus, a coach who has done a lot of work in youth hockey and has run Stars' summer prospects camps, ran much of the practice, as he put players through a lot of high skill drills that worked on skating and puck handling. They ended with a three-on-three game on a short sheet of ice just for a little fun.
Brenden Morrow missed practice for a ``maintenance'' day and, and Crawford said Kari Lehtonen would start Thursday against LA. He said he has not made a decision on the Friday game and probably wouldn't until after Thursday's game is played.
When asked who the best golfers on the team were, most sided with Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow. Richards said his game is down because he missed a lot of his summer golf time rehabbing from hip surgery. We'll try to update tomorrow after today's tournament.