Gaglardi talks spending, personnel decisions & Mike Modano

Here are some quotes from new Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi on a variety of topics, including his philosophy on spending, being involved in personnel decisions, bringing Mike Modano into the organization and his love of the Dallas Cowboys.

On his optimism about where the Stars are as he takes over

“The great thing about Dallas is this isn’t a rebuild. We’ve got fabulous pieces in place here. Some of our best great players are young. We’ve got so much flexibility going forward with where we sit in payroll. I know that I’ve talked with enough people around the NHL who have said that most teams would love to be in our position with where we sit today.”

On his philosophy on spending money on players

“I learned in the Western Hockey League that they only way you win is you build from within. You build, draft, develop and coach. That’s the philosophy I come with. I think there have been enough cases around the NHL to know that you cannot buy a winner, so I believe in the old fashioned way of building teams. Having said that, we’re here to win. This isn’t about anything other than becoming a great team and pursuing championships. If Joe (Nieuwendyk) and his staff think that is something we can do in terms of stepping up and doing more in that regard, then we’re going to do it.”

On being involved in personnel decisions

“If any owner tells you he doesn’t want to be involved in a conversation about who your personnel are, I think they are lying to you. I am not going to make those decisions. I hope that I have an opportunity to have a seat at the table when we discuss people and I’ll have a chance to impart what I know of them. In some cases I know that we have players in the organization that were drafted that I know very well. I watched them play four years of junior in the Western Hockey League. I just want to have a say, and I know I’ll get that. At the end of the day it’s Joe’s team and Joe is going to make those decisions. That’s what general managers do and that’s what I’ll expect him to do.”

On bringing former Dallas Star Mike Modano into the organization

“The guy is the most important player I think to ever have worn a Stars jersey. In my opinion, he’s the best American-born hockey player to ever play in the NHL. I’ve gotten to know Mike in the last little while and enjoyed my time with him. I’ve expressed an interest that I’d like to have him involved in some capacity with the Dallas Stars and Mike has expressed the same thing to me, and more recently to Jim Lites. Those are discussions I expect to have with Mike to figure out what he wants to do and where he might be able to fit. It’s my intention to include Mike Modano with the Dallas Stars organization.”

On his experience as owner of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League

“I’ve learned so much the last four years. I’m fortunate to be partnered with four pretty successful NHL players (Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor). I spent plenty of time with those guys, getting to know them, how they’re wired and what made them what they are. They attribute so much of what they are to what they experienced in Kamloops because they all four played for the Blazers and they’ve gone on to be fantastic NHLers. I’ve learned so much, and I come here with some knowledge. I’ve got lots to learn, I’m a good listener and I drive people nuts asking questions. That’s not going to end anytime soon.”

On being a Dallas Cowboys fan

“Absolute fanatic. If you go to my closet at home, most of my casual clothes – t-shirts and sweats I wear around the house – are Dallas Cowboys stuff. I’ve been crazy for the team ever since I can remember. I got that from my dad. He went to college here and brought the Cowboy love back and I was raised in it.”