Stars eager to get on the ice

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013
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"Whitney's going to help our young guys, he's going to help Brenden in getting our message across as well," Gulutzan said. "We're getting a great two-way player, a guy you can put on the ice against anybody. If you look at his minutes, he doesn't play easy minutes, he plays hard minutes and the points on the power play are going to help us tremendously."

Whitney, who won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, said the key to a better power play is having more of them.

"You'll find the more of them you get, the more camaraderie you get, the more used to each other you get and your power play benefits from that. I think with (Jaromir) Jagr and Derek Roy coming in, the guys we've got on the point, I think it is certainly talented enough to be better than 30th," he said.

Between the two old-timers, along with other newcomers like Roy and physical defenseman Aaron Rome, the Stars are feeling good about their chances in 2012-13.

"It's exciting times around here," said Morrow, who turns 34 next Wednesday and is coming off a difficult injury-plagued season that saw him muster just 11 goals and 26 points in 57 games. "We know Ray already, he's been in town for a couple of months, and the experience he has, and Jags, we haven't met yet, hopefully we'll see him over the next couple of days. We're excited to get them in the locker room and to get the jerseys on."

Also missing from practice Friday was last season's leading scorer Loui Eriksson and 35-goal scorer Michael Ryder. While Jagr is expected to be on the ice Saturday, the full roster should be ready to go when training camp likely begins Sunday.