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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal on Saturday to retake the points lead. | 12/14/2014 10:21 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal on Saturday to retake the points lead.
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Impact
Earlier Saturday, Jakub Voracek of Philadelphia scored two points to take the league lead. Seguin scored the first goal of the game and then assisted the next goal to retake first place. Seguin has 38 points, including 23 goals, which also leads the league.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff moved Jason Spezza back to the top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and Spezza responded with a goal and an assist on Saturday. | 12/14/2014 10:16 AM
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Stars coach Lindy Ruff moved Jason Spezza back to the top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and Spezza responded with a goal and an assist on Saturday.
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Impact
Spezza assisted Seguin's goal to start the game and then fewer than three minutes later, Seguin assisted Spezza's score. Spezza has six goals and 18 assists this season, and he is a must-start when he is on the top line. Unfortunately, he also comes with a minus-nine rating.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal to reclaim the points lead on Tuesday. | 12/10/2014 9:28 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal to reclaim the points lead on Tuesday.
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Impact
Seguin has moved into sole possession of the points lead with 36 in 28 games. That's one point ahead of Sidney Crosby. Seguin also has a four-goal lead over Rich Nash with 22 on the season.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves on 17 shots to earn a victory on Saturday against Montreal. | 12/06/2014 10:05 PM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves on 17 shots to earn a victory on Saturday against Montreal.
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Impact
His record has really helped fantasy owners this season, as he is now 10-6-5 overall.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals during Saturday's win against the Canadiens. | 12/06/2014 10:04 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals during Saturday's win against the Canadiens.
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Impact
He also added an assist, and now has 35 points through 27 games. Seguin is a borderline top-five option.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal in the team's loss on Thursday as he maintains his lead in the category. | 12/04/2014 10:33 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal in the team's loss on Thursday as he maintains his lead in the category.
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Impact
Seguin has 19 goals this season, but it hasn't helped the Stars as they have dropped four in a row and fallen into last place in the Central division. Seguin also has 13 assists and a plus-three rating this season.
Stars center Tyler Seguin did not register a point and finished minus-three in a loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. | 12/02/2014 10:24 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin did not register a point and finished minus-three in a loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
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Impact
Despite the bad game, Seguin still leads the league with 18 goals. He did lead Dallas with six shots on net versus Toronto.
Stars center Tyler Seguin continues to lead the league in goals scored. | 11/30/2014 10:11 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin continues to lead the league in goals scored.
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Impact
He did not score no Saturday, but Seguin did register an assist. Seguin has 31 points in 24 games and is just two points behind Sidney Crosby for the league lead.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had his three-game winning streak snapped on Friday. | 11/29/2014 10:09 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had his three-game winning streak snapped on Friday.
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Impact
He faced 34 shots and stopped 29 of them. Lehtonen is now 9-5-5 with a 3.03 GAA and .905 save percentage. Owners should expect more.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had his three-game winning streak on Friday. | 11/29/2014 10:08 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had his three-game winning streak on Friday.
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Impact
He faced 34 shots and stopped 29 of them. Lehtonen is now 9-5-5 with a 3.03 GAA and .905 save percentage. Owners should expect more.
Stars center Tyler Seguin notched two points during Friday's overtime loss to the Wild. | 11/29/2014 10:05 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin notched two points during Friday's overtime loss to the Wild.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, and now has 17 goals and 28 points through 22 games. Seguin is easily a top-10 option.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 35-of-37 shots to defeat the Oilers, 3-2, on Tuesday. | 11/26/2014 9:51 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 35-of-37 shots to defeat the Oilers, 3-2, on Tuesday.
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Impact
Lehtonen has played very well in his last three games. He was pulled from a game versus the Hurricanes on Nov. 18, but since then, Lehtonen has posted a .933 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals to lead Dallas to a, 3-2, victory over Edmonton. | 11/26/2014 9:47 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals to lead Dallas to a, 3-2, victory over Edmonton.
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Impact
Seguin scored his goals back-to-back in the second period as Dallas took a 3-1 lead. Seguin has the most goals in the league with 17.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 37-of-41 shots on goal, in Saturday's victory against Los Angeles. | 11/23/2014 10:16 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 37-of-41 shots on goal, in Saturday's victory against Los Angeles.
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Impact
Owners would like to see Lehtonen's averages get a little better, as he has a 2.98 GAA and .906 save percentage. However his overall record (8-5-4) is something that those owners cannot complain about.
Stars winger Jamie Benn recorded three points in Saturday's win over the Kings. | 11/23/2014 10:11 AM
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Stars winger Jamie Benn recorded three points in Saturday's win over the Kings.
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Impact
Benn had two goals and an assist, along with four shots on goal, two penalty minutes, and a +2 rating. He currently has 19 points through 21 games, and will continue to be a must-start player everytime he takes the ice. Tyler Seguin also added two points (one goal, one assist), and he now has 26 points this season.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was yanked during Tuesday's loss to Carolina. | 11/19/2014 9:44 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was yanked during Tuesday's loss to Carolina.
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Impact
He allowed four goals on 16 shots, before being pulled in the second period. Anders Lindback came in relief, and allowed two goals on nine shots. Lehtonen is now 6-5-4 with a 3.04 GAA and .903 save percentage.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals during Tuesday's loss to Hurricanes. | 11/19/2014 9:42 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals during Tuesday's loss to Hurricanes.
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Impact
He has been great this season, and now has 24 points through only 19 games.
Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel scored the Stars' lone goal Saturday. | 11/15/2014 4:46 PM
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Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel scored the Stars' lone goal Saturday.
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Impact
It was his fifth goal of the season, and Roussel now has 10 points overall.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen took the loss Saturday against the Wild. | 11/15/2014 4:42 PM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen took the loss Saturday against the Wild.
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Impact
He made 20 saves on 22 shots, and had his record fall to 6-4-4.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 34-of-37 shots in a, 4-3, victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday. | 11/12/2014 10:18 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 34-of-37 shots in a, 4-3, victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
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Impact
Arizona peppered Lehtonen in the first period with 17 shots, but he faced just 20 in the final two periods. Lehtonen is now 5-3-4 on the season with a .906 save percentage and 2.95 GAA.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 34-of-37 shots in a, 4-3, victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday. | 11/12/2014 10:18 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 34-of-37 shots in a, 4-3, victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
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Impact
Arizona peppered Lehtonen in the first period with 17 shots, but he faced just 20 in the final two periods. Lehtonen is now 5-3-4 on the season with a .906 save percentage and 2.95 GAA.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals within a minute of each other in the second period to help Dallas capture a much-needed victory over Arizona, 4-3. | 11/12/2014 10:13 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored two goals within a minute of each other in the second period to help Dallas capture a much-needed victory over Arizona, 4-3.
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Impact
Seguin's back-to-back goals erased a two-goal Arizona lead. Dallas took their own lead on Erik Cole's score with less than five minutes left in regulation. Arizona tied the game, again, a minute later, but then the Stars scored shorthanded to win. Seguin's second goal came on the power play. He is tied with Rick Nash for the league lead in goals scored with 12.
Stars young winger Valeri Nichushkin has been placed on injured reserve due to a groin injury. | 11/10/2014 3:07 PM
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Stars young winger Valeri Nichushkin has been placed on injured reserve due to a groin injury.
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Impact
The 19-year-old Nichushkin, the 2013 10th overall pick, managed 14 goals and 20 assists last season, but has started slowly going scoreless in four games.
Stars netminder Anders Lindback received his first start in almost two weeks, but took the loss Saturday against San Jose. | 11/09/2014 10:59 AM
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Stars netminder Anders Lindback received his first start in almost two weeks, but took the loss Saturday against San Jose.
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Impact
He stopped 24-of-28 shots on goal, and is now an unimpressive 0-3-0 with a 4.41 GAA and .852 save percentage.
Dallas center Tyler Seguin was apparently the only Star to show up on Saturday. | 11/08/2014 10:51 PM
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Dallas center Tyler Seguin was apparently the only Star to show up on Saturday.
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Impact
He recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 loss to the Sharks. Seguin now has 10 goals and 19 points on the season.
Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel will play on the top power-play line on Thursday. | 11/06/2014 6:27 PM
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Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel will play on the top power-play line on Thursday.
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Impact
Coach Lindy Ruff said the team needs someone inside to block the eye sight of the opponent's goaltender. Roussel gets fantasy value boost as long as he is on the top power-play unit.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen suffered his second loss in regulation, Tuesday against the Kings. | 11/05/2014 10:11 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen suffered his second loss in regulation, Tuesday against the Kings.
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Impact
He stopped 27-of-30 shots, and is now 4-2-4 with a 2.93 GAA and .904 save percentage. Lehtonen will continue to be a hit-or-miss play for now.
Stars center Shawn Horcoff scored Dallas' lone goal in Tuesday's loss to the Kings. | 11/05/2014 10:01 AM
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Stars center Shawn Horcoff scored Dallas' lone goal in Tuesday's loss to the Kings.
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Impact
Horcoff does have two goals over the past two games, but is not worth fantasy-consideration at this time.
Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar participated in the morning skate on Saturday and has received clearance to return to game action according to The Dallas Morning News. | 11/03/2014 4:15 PM
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Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar participated in the morning skate on Saturday and has received clearance to return to game action according to The Dallas Morning News.
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Impact
Gonchar said he still needs to work on his conditioning because he has been out for a month with an ankle injury, but the defenseman should play this week.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen suffered his first regulation loss to the Wild on Saturday. | 11/02/2014 11:05 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen suffered his first regulation loss to the Wild on Saturday.
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Impact
Lehtonen allowed four goals on 30 shots to Minnesota. Even though it is his first regulation loss, it is Lehtonen's third straight loss. He has allowed 10 goals over that span.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has yet to lose in regulation this season. | 11/01/2014 9:41 AM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has yet to lose in regulation this season.
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Impact
He was in net for Friday's overtime loss to the Ducks, while he stopped 22-of-24 shots on goal. Lehtonen is now 4-0-4 with a 2.78 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel scored the Stars' only goal in Friday's overtime loss to Anaheim. | 11/01/2014 9:37 AM
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Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel scored the Stars' only goal in Friday's overtime loss to Anaheim.
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Impact
He had three shots on goal and two penalty minutes as well. Roussel is not a great fantasy option moving forward.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Blues. | 10/29/2014 10:20 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Blues.
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Impact
Seguin was also plus-two with six shots on goal. It was his penalty, however, in overtime, that led the game-winning goal for the Blues.
Stars center Jason Spezza had two points, but was also -4 on the night against the Islanders. | 10/25/2014 9:50 PM
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Stars center Jason Spezza had two points, but was also -4 on the night against the Islanders.
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Impact
He now has 11 points on the season, but also a -5 rating overall. As long as Spezza is centering Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, he should be able to produce nice numbers.
Stars center Tyler Seguin had two points in Saturday's loss to the Islanders. | 10/25/2014 9:49 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin had two points in Saturday's loss to the Islanders.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, but was also -3 on the night. Despite being on the ice for some of the Islanders onslaught, Seguin will remain a top fantasy option.
Stars center Jason Spezza will continue to center the top-line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. | 10/25/2014 2:35 PM
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Stars center Jason Spezza will continue to center the top-line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
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Impact
Seguin has moved to right wing to make room for Spezza on the top line. It has paid huge dividends as the Dallas first line is one of the best units in the league. Benn has scored in five straight games and Spezza has points in the last four contests. Obviously, Benn, Spezza and Seguin are must-starts.
Stars center Jason Spezza will continue to top the top-line center alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. | 10/25/2014 2:34 PM
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Stars center Jason Spezza will continue to top the top-line center alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
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Impact
Seguin has moved to right wing to make room for Spezza on the top line. It has paid huge dividends as the Dallas first line is one of the best units in the league. Benn has scored in five straight games and Spezza has points in the last four contests. Obviously, Benn, Spezza and Seguin are must-starts.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 25 stops on 27 shots against the Devils on Friday. | 10/24/2014 10:22 PM
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Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 25 stops on 27 shots against the Devils on Friday.
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Impact
Lehtonen and the Stars won in a shootout. Lehtonen allowed the Devils to tie the game with about eight minutes left in the third, but he stopped both shots he face in the shootout. He is 4-0-2 with a 2.83 GAA.
Stars winger Jamie Benn scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift Dallas over New Jersey, 3-2. | 10/24/2014 10:17 PM
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Stars winger Jamie Benn scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift Dallas over New Jersey, 3-2.
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Impact
Benn's shootout goal clinched the victory for the Star. The captain also scored in regulation on the power play at the beginning of the second period. He finished with four shots on goal.
Stars winger Jamie Benn recorded two points in Tuesday's win over the Canucks. | 10/22/2014 9:53 AM
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Stars winger Jamie Benn recorded two points in Tuesday's win over the Canucks.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, and now has eight points on the season. Dallas' top line featuring Benn and Tyler Seguin is as lethal as they come.
Stars center Tyler Seguin continued to stay hot on Tuesday night. | 10/22/2014 9:51 AM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin continued to stay hot on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Fresh off earning the first star of the week honors, Seguin notched his fifth goal of the season, along with having six shots on goal. He now has 10 points on the season, and is showing what a dynamic player he really is.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen earned his third victory of the season Tuesday versus Vancouver. | 10/22/2014 9:51 AM
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Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen earned his third victory of the season Tuesday versus Vancouver.
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Impact
He stopped 43-of-46 shots on goal, and is now 3-0-2 with a 2.92 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Owners should continue to start Lehtonen with confidence.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen earned his third victory of the season Tuesday versus Vancouver. | 10/22/2014 9:49 AM
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Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen earned his third victory of the season Tuesday versus Vancouver.
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Impact
He stopped 43-of-46 shots on goal, and is now 3-0-2 with a 2.92 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Owners should continue to start Lehtonen with confidence.
Dallas center Jason Spezza will play on the Stars top line Tuesday. | 10/21/2014 1:55 PM
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Dallas center Jason Spezza will play on the Stars top line Tuesday.
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Impact
Playing alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can only help his fantasy value. Spezza may not be a 90-point scorer like he was in Ottawa for so many seasons, but he's got seven points in his first five games.
Stars center Tyler Seguin had four assists on Saturday against the Flyers. | 10/18/2014 10:58 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin had four assists on Saturday against the Flyers.
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Impact
Seguin has eight points in his last three games, four goals and four assists. His rating is also a plus-six. Hopefully no Bruins fans are watching this guy play because he has been spectacular.
Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth left Saturday's game against the Flyers with an arm injury. | 10/18/2014 8:55 PM
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Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth left Saturday's game against the Flyers with an arm injury.
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Impact
Flyers forward R.J. Umberger lost his balance, which caused his skate to come up into the air and cut Nemeth's wrist. It is difficult to tell how serious the injury is, but there did not appear to be any blood on the ice. Nemeth will, however, not return against the Flyers.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen will get the start Saturday against Philadelphia. | 10/18/2014 1:56 PM
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Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen will get the start Saturday against Philadelphia.
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Impact
He earned a win last time out against Pittsburgh, and owners should not be afraid to put him into their lineups.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored his fourth goal over the past two games, on Thursday. | 10/16/2014 9:52 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored his fourth goal over the past two games, on Thursday.
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Impact
He had a hat trick on Tuesday, and lit the lamp against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Along with teammate Jamie Benn, Seguin's production should continue to be huge.
Stars winger Jamie Benn had a goal and a +1 rating on Thursday night. | 10/16/2014 9:51 PM
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Stars winger Jamie Benn had a goal and a +1 rating on Thursday night.
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Impact
He also had three shots on goal, and now has five points on the season. Benn will continue to be an elite option at the left wing position.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen won his second game of the season on Thursday night. | 10/16/2014 9:49 PM
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Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen won his second game of the season on Thursday night.
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Impact
He defeated the Penguins, while stopping 27-of-29 shots on goal. Lehtonen should be considered a second option at the goaltender position, moving forward.
Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. | 10/14/2014 10:12 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Seguin scored in the first four minutes of the game and then scored twice in the third period to seal the Stars victory. The final goal to give Seguin a hat trick was an empty netter. Seguin finished with a plus-four rating and six shots on net.
Stars winger Jamie Benn was involved in all four of Dallas' goals on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. | 10/14/2014 10:06 PM
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Stars winger Jamie Benn was involved in all four of Dallas' goals on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Benn scored the second goal of the game as Dallas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first six and a half minutes. Benn also had three assists, a plus-four rating, five penalty minutes and four shots on goal. Dallas won, 4-2.
Stars center Tyler Seguin is expected to play on Saturday night against Nashville according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. | 10/11/2014 1:06 PM
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Stars center Tyler Seguin is expected to play on Saturday night against Nashville according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram.
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Impact
Seguin missed practice on Friday due to an illness, but he should play. Stay tuned to get final word at game time.
Stars D Sergei Gonchar suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to miss 3-5 weeks | 10/03/2014 12:15 PM
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Stars D Sergei Gonchar suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to miss 3-5 weeks
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Impact
The 40-year-old Gonchar is no longer the 50-60 point guy he once was in Washington and Pittsburgh and his fantasy value at this point is limited. Stars' young defencemen like Jamie Oleksiak should see ice time for the next month.
Center Cody Eakin has agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Dallas Stars according to the Dallas Morning News. | 09/29/2014 6:03 PM
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Center Cody Eakin has agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Dallas Stars according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Impact
Eakin is projected to be the third-line center behind Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. Eakin scored 16 goals and 19 assists in his third season in the league last year.
Senators right winger Alex Chiasson will begin on the second line, during his first season in his new home. | 09/25/2014 7:01 PM
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Senators right winger Alex Chiasson will begin on the second line, during his first season in his new home.
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Impact
He does not hold much fantasy value besides being a potential 20-goal scorer. However, his -21 rating from last season is a cause for concern.
Right winger Ales Hemsky is destined to play with a good center in Dallas, most likely Speeza on the second line. | 09/20/2014 12:20 PM
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Right winger Ales Hemsky is destined to play with a good center in Dallas, most likely Speeza on the second line.
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Impact
Hemsky and Spezza had success playing together last season after Edmonton traded Hemsky to Ottawa. The 31-year-old winger produced 43 points last season between the two teams and hopefully can improve on an ugly -15 rating.
Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel has a limited upside on the offensive end, but fantasy owners liked his 209 PIM of a season ago. | 09/20/2014 12:17 PM
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Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel has a limited upside on the offensive end, but fantasy owners liked his 209 PIM of a season ago.
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Impact
Roussel could post as many as 18-20 goals as long as he plays alongside Spezza and with his physical nature can be a low-end fantasy value.
Dallas' newly-acquired center Jason Spezza figures to play on a solid second line with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky. | 09/20/2014 12:13 PM
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Dallas' newly-acquired center Jason Spezza figures to play on a solid second line with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky.
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Impact
Spezza isn't going to be a 90-point scorer like he was in Ottawa for so many seasons, but 60-70 points is certainly possible.
Stars young winger Valeri Nichushkin has a prime spot on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and his numbers can only go one way ... up. | 09/20/2014 12:05 PM
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Stars young winger Valeri Nichushkin has a prime spot on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and his numbers can only go one way ... up.
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Impact
The 19-year-old Nichushkin, the 2013 10th overall pick, managed 14 goals and 20 assists last season. As long as he's with the two "star" Stars he should be an easy 20-20 guy in his second season. And if he gets significant power play time he could have a breakout season.
Dallas center Tyler Seguin came into his own in his first season with Dallas and alongside winger Jamie Benn became a dynamic top line. | 09/20/2014 11:58 AM
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Dallas center Tyler Seguin came into his own in his first season with Dallas and alongside winger Jamie Benn became a dynamic top line.
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Impact
The 22-year-old produced career-best numbers in goals (37), assists (47), points (84), PPG (11) and shots (294). He also averaged a career high 19:21 minutes on ice. If Valeri Nichushkin continues to improve as the third member of the line, these numbers could go even higher.
A lot is expected of Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn in 2014-15 after a 79-point season in 81 games last year. | 09/20/2014 11:43 AM
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A lot is expected of Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn in 2014-15 after a 79-point season in 81 games last year.
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Impact
The 25-year-old benefited from Dallas' addition of Tyler Seguin and posted career-highs in goals, assists, plus/minus, PIM and shots. After a solid Team Canada performance we are projecting more personal records with 39 goals and 83 points.
Antoine Roussel, Stars $1-mill-plus apart | 07/20/2014 9:56 PM
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With a salary arbitration meeting looming, forward Antoine Roussel has submitted a proposal in which the Dallas Stars would pay him $4.2 million per season, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.
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Impact
Friedman reports the Stars have offered Roussel $2 million per season. The sides can work out a deal before the scheduled arbitration hearing on Aug. 1. Roussel had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games with Dallas last season.
| 07/13/2014 8:13 PM
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The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Julius Honka to a three-year, entry-level contract.
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Impact
Honka was the Stars' first-round pick at the 2014 Entry Draft, 14th overall. Honka is an offensive defenseman who scored 16 goals and 56 points in 62 games with the WHL Swift Current Broncos in 2013-14. Compared to NHL defenseman, he's on a bit of the small side at 5-foot-11 and his defensive game could use some work, but Stars director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell is upbeat about Honka's potential. "I think any defenseman at that age needs work in their own end, especially at the pro level," McDonnell said, according to NHL.com. "But he plays it fine. He competes. Obviously he is not a [6-foot-3] defenseman, but he plays bigger than he is. He goes into the corner to make plays to get the puck out of his zone. He makes a great first pass out, but all defenseman at that age need to learn how to play defense at the pro level." McDonnell also feels that Honka is someone who will be capable of running the Stars power play once he develops.
Rich Peverley noncommital about next season | 07/12/2014 3:16 PM
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Doctors have cleared Rich Peverley to exercise, but the Dallas forward says he has a few more benchmarks to pass before he's deemed ready to handle the rigors of NHL play again.
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Impact
"I'm not exactly sure what's going to happen, but I'm hoping to play and it's got to be under the right circumstances. So we'll wait and see and hopefully I can," Peverley said. "To actually clear me to play is a lot of steps down the road, but they did clear me [to exercise]. . . Now it's just slowly taking steps of getting the heart rate higher. My next step will probably be getting off medication that I'm on to control my heartbeat still. Once I'm off of that we'll see what happens in terms of how my heart reacts to no medication and see what happens when it's stressed." Peverley collapsed on the Stars' bench during a March 10 game and was brought back to life by team trainers and doctors.
Dallas re-signs Cameron Gaunce | 07/11/2014 6:36 PM
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Cameron Gaunce has inked a one-year extension with the Dallas Stars.
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Impact
Gaunce was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on July 25. He had 13 points and 73 penalty minutes in 65 AHL games last season.
Roussel set to have arb hearing July 22 | 07/09/2014 4:19 PM
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Antoine Roussel's arbitration date has been set.
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Roussel's hearing will be held on July 22 unless he can agree to terms with the Dallas Stars before then. He had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games in 2013-14.
Cameron Gaunce has his arbitration date set | 07/09/2014 4:17 PM
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Cameron Gaunce has an arbitration hearing set for July 25.
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Gaunce has completed a two-way contract that came with a $650,000 cap hit at the NHL level. His best case scenario would probably be to get a one-way contract at roughly the league minimum this summer.
Jussi Rynnas was given a one-way deal | 07/08/2014 12:18 PM
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Jussi Rynnas' newly inked two-year contract is only one-way.
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That's interesting as it leaves the Stars with three goaltenders on one-way contracts, including Kari Lehtonen and Anders Lindback. That being said, Rynnas is only set to earn $550,000 next season and $575,000 in 2015-16, so the Stars can still comfortably bury him in the minors. Given that he has a one-way contract, it seems fair to assume that he'll compete with Lindback for the backup job during the preseason, but Lindback should be regarded as the favorite in that battle.
Spezza: Pressure isn't why I left Ottawa | 07/08/2014 9:40 AM
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Jason Spezza insisted that his desire to leave the Ottawa Senators didn't stem from a need to escape the spotlight.
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Spezza instead said it was about moving to a situation where he would have a better chance to win the Stanley Cup. The Dallas Stars certainly qualify as a team that's in a better position to compete for a championship than Ottawa. While Spezza was clearly the Senators' best forward, he'll be joining a Stars team that already features Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. That will allow them to use Spezza on the second line to provide them with some offensive depth.
Dallas signs Jussi Rynnas to two-year deal | 07/07/2014 5:24 PM
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Jussi Rynnas has inked a two-year deal with the Dallas Stars.
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Rynnas had a 1.51 GAA and .939 save percentage in 40 Finnish league games last season. He's expected to start the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.
Spezza happy to be another piece to puzzle | 07/07/2014 3:52 PM
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Jason Spezza sees himself as "just a piece to the puzzle" in Dallas.
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That's probably to Spezza's liking after he became the center of attention in Ottawa following Daniel Alfredsson's departure. In Dallas, Spezza might end up serving as the second-line center as Tyler Seguin figures to play alongside Jamie Benn on the top line. The Stars still have some question marks, particularly when it comes to their defense, but their top two lines look very good.
Nill: There's internal defensive solutions | 07/06/2014 9:16 AM
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Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is hoping to see solutions to the team's defense come from within the organization.
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"I'm excited about our defense," Nill said. "We've got three or four young kids that are knocking on the door from the Calder Cup championship down in Texas. We think we've got lots of different options. We know they're all going to get better. We think we're going to be just fine." Nill chose instead to put his energy into bolstering the team offensively by trading for Jason Spezza and signing Ales Hemsky.
Stars' Antoine Roussel files for arbitration | 07/05/2014 3:00 PM
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Antoine Roussel has filed for salary arbitration, according to what Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News is hearing.
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The shift disturber amassed 209 penalty minutes, while chipping in 14 goals and 29 points in 81 games last season. The Stars will continue to work with him on a new contract until his hearing.
Vernon Fiddler chose to stay in Dallas | 07/03/2014 12:34 PM
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Vernon Fiddler chose to re-sign with the Dallas Stars because he likes the direction of the team.
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"Honestly, I had better offers. But I wanted to stay with this team and finish the job," Fiddler said. "There is a real attraction to playing here and playing to win, and seeing this through. I think this is going to be a really good team, and I want to be a part of that." In addition to Fiddler, the Stars signed Ales Hemsky, Patrick Eaves and goalie Anders Lindback. The team also acquired Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators. Fiddler requested a trade last year because he wanted more ice time, but he stayed the with the club and "everything took care of itself." He'll make $1 million next season and $1.5 million in 2015-16, while continuing to serve as a bottom-six forward.
Brendan Ranford agrees to an entry-level deal | 07/02/2014 6:48 PM
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Brendan Ranford has inked an entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.
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Ranford joined the AHL Texas Stars last season and stepped up in the playoffs with eight goals and 16 points in 21 games. He was originally taken in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, but they never signed him.
Dallas inks Vernon Fiddler to a two-year deal | 07/02/2014 6:46 PM
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Vernon Fiddler has inked a two-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars.
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Fiddler tested the unrestricted free agent market, but ultimately decided to rejoin his former squad. He had six goals and 23 points in 76 games last season. The Stars bolstered their top two lines by adding Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, but Fiddler will serve as a valuable depth player as the team sets its sights on making a long playoff run.
Sens offered Spezza an extension before trade | 07/02/2014 11:17 AM
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Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray insisted that Jason Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons.
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"I hear the comments that we don't spend to keep (our players)," Murray said. "Just so you know, I offered Jason (Spezza) an extension and (he) said he wasn't interested. Whether it's because he thought we didn't have enough around him or what . but there are different stories in each case." Murray saying that Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons and then bring up an extension offer misses the point. A player demanding a trade isn't likely to do so because he's unhappy with his contract or as a maneuver to get a new deal. At the same time, if financials were an issue at all, it wouldn't have been Spezza being unhappy with his own pay, it would have been with him feeling that the Senators aren't spending enough to build a competitive team around him. If that was Spezza's feelings, then offering him an extension wouldn't have fixed anything.
Spezza already has relationship with Ruff | 07/02/2014 9:17 AM
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Jason Spezza cited his relationship with coach Lindy Ruff as one of the reasons he thinks playing in Dallas will work out for him.
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Spezza waived his no-trade clause to join the Stars. The former Senators captain has played under Ruff in international tournaments. "I think the young group they have is an envy of a lot of the League, and I think I could fit in with helping out with the depth at center," Spezza added.
Cody Eakin figures to move to third line | 07/02/2014 9:14 AM
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Cody Eakin is expected to fall to the third line now that Jason Spezza has been added to the Dallas Stars.
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That's good news for the Stars because it helps solidify their bottom-six, but obviously it'll be less pleasant for Eakin owners. He had 16 goals and 35 points in 81 games last season and isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues.
Right winger Ales Hemsky signed with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. | 07/01/2014 8:45 PM
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Right winger Ales Hemsky signed with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
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The Stars gave him $12 million over three years. Hemsky presumably will play with newly acquired center Jason Spezza on the team's second line. Hemsky and Spezza had success playing together last season after the Oilers traded Hemsky to Ottawa. The 30-year-old winger tallied four goals and 13 assists in 20 games with the Sens.
The Senators have traded Jason Spezza to the Stars along with Ludvig Karlsson for Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, Alex Chiasson and a 2015 second-round pick. | 07/01/2014 8:13 PM
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The Senators have traded Jason Spezza to the Stars along with Ludvig Karlsson for Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, Alex Chiasson and a 2015 second-round pick.
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This is the second straight offseason the Stars have acquired a frontline center. Spezza is likely to center the team's second line with free-agent acquisition Ales Hemsky at right wing. He shouldn't lose any fantasy value from the move.
Dallas signs Patrick Eaves to a one-year deal | 07/01/2014 5:05 PM
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Patrick Eaves has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars.
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Eaves had two goals and five points in 30 games with Detroit and Nashville in 2013-14. He's a decent bottom-six forward that will compliment a promising Stars team.
Lindback signs with Stars for one year | 07/01/2014 1:04 PM
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Anders Lindback has signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars for $925,000.
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Lindback will back up Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen and may play 25-30 games. He could play more if the injury-prone Lehtonen, as he usually does, misses considerable amount of time.
Dallas wins the Jason Spezza sweepstakes | 07/01/2014 11:21 AM
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The Dallas Stars have acquired Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2015 second round pick, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, and Alex Chiasson.
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The Senators didn't get a great return for Spezza, but their hands were partially tied by the fact that he wanted to move. Spezza is capable of averaging a roughly point-per-game and that isn't likely to change in Dallas. The Stars are loaded with top-end talent now between Spezza, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn.
Ottawa trades Ludwig Karlsson to Dallas | 07/01/2014 11:16 AM
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Ludwig Karlsson has been shipped to the Dallas Stars.
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Karlsson had 11 goals and 24 points in 39 ECHL games in 2013-14. He shouldn't be expected to ever be a factor in fantasy leagues.
Stars don't qualify Dustin Jeffrey, 4 others | 06/30/2014 11:52 AM
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Dustin Jeffrey was not offered a qualifying offer by Dallas.
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He will become an unrestricted free agent as a result. Jeffrey split the 2013-14 season between Dallas and the team's minor-league affiliate in Texas. Ryan Button, Tristan King, Hubert Labrie and Austin Smith weren't given qualifying offers either by the Stars.
Stars draft almost exclusively defensemen | 06/29/2014 10:27 AM
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The Dallas Stars loaded up on defensemen in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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The Stars took seven blueliners with their nine picks. Director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell downplayed that fact by claiming it was just how the draft played out. "We wanted the best player every pick and it just happened to work out that it happened to be a defenseman," McDonnell said. Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't mind it though, arguing that teams can never have enough defensemen in their organization.
Honak to return to Finland next season | 06/28/2014 12:42 PM
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Dallas Stars' first-round pick in 2014, Julius Honka, will return to Finland next year for more seasoning.
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The Stars have high hopes for Honka, who could anchor their power-play for years to come. However, the 18-year-old needs more development time and he will get that in Finland's top league in 2014-15.
Stars choose Brett Pollock in second round | 06/28/2014 11:49 AM
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The Dallas Stars took Brett Pollock with the 45th overall pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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He possesses strong offensive instincts and was especially impressive during Edmonton's WHL playoff drive, which eventually led to a Memorial Cup championship victory. Pollock has a good shot but he needs to work on his skating.
Stars pick D Julius Honka at No. 14 overall | 06/27/2014 8:40 PM
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Dallas has made Julius Honka the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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The Finnish-born defenseman shares the mindset of Erik Karlsson and models his game after him too. The 5-11, 180-pound Honka is a player you pay to see and is regarded as the best power-play quarterback in the WHL. He has a forward mentality, with great vision, elusiveness and a heavy shot. He handles the puck well and has quick-strike ability in transition due to his dynamic skating ability. At times, he's steps ahead of his teammates because his offensive instincts and awareness are off the charts. He relies on positioning and smarts on the defensive side, and though it is steady, it still needs to catch up to his offensive game, especially from a physical standpoint. He tallied 16 goals and 40 points for Swift Current and was a member of Finland's gold-medal winning team at the World Juniors. The Stars have plenty of good, young defenders in their pipeline and Honka brings another element to that depth.
Tyler Seguin earned consideration for awards | 06/26/2014 1:23 PM
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Tyler Seguin finished fourth in the league in Lady Byng Trophy voting and sixth among candidates for the Hart Trophy.
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He moved to center in 2013-14 during his first season with the Stars, while racking up a personal bests with 37 goals and 84 points in 80 matches. Seguin also was assessed just 18 minutes in penalties.
Jamie Benn earns spot on First All-Star team | 06/26/2014 12:51 PM
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Jamie Benn became the first player from the Stars organization to earn a spot on the NHL's First All-Star team.
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His move back to left wing during the 2013-14 campaign was a successful one because of Dallas' acquisition of Tyler Seguin. Benn amassed a career high 34 goals and 79 points in 81 games. He also received his Olympic ring from Hockey Canada earlier this week.
Hockey Hall of Fame will welcome Mike Modano | 06/23/2014 3:28 PM
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Mike Modano has been selected as part of the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame class.
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Modano was never the most dominant player in the league. He only finished in the top-10 in the NHL scoring race three times and he never finished higher than eighth. However, he managed to record at least 70 points in all but four seasons from 1989-90 through 2005-06. It was that level of consistency that allowed him to finish with an incredible 1,374 points in 1,499 games, which is good for 23rd place on the all-time points list. He also won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.
Report: Willie Desjardins will coach Canucks | 06/20/2014 7:43 PM
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Bob McKenzie reports that Willie Desjardins, who coached Dallas' AHL affiliate to a Calder Cup title last week, is meeting with the Vancouver Canucks this weekend and will be introduced as their new head coach "assuming all goes as expected in the hiring process."
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McKenzie is one of the most trusted hockey insiders in the business, and we do expect that the Canucks' leadership team of Jim Benning and Trevor Linden have found their man to replace John Tortorella. The appointment is not official, but if its true it is believed Desjardins chose Vancouver over the vacant head coaching position in Pittsburgh.
Report: Desjardins turns down Penguins | 06/20/2014 4:47 PM
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It's believed that Willie Desjardins has passed on the opportunity to be the Pittsburgh Penguins' next head coach.
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Desjardins was reportedly being courted by both the Canucks and Penguins. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford wouldn't specify that Desjardins had turned him down, but he did say that he had "zeroed in" on one candidate, but later reported that after talking with him, "both sides it just didn't match up."
Patrik Nemeth set to compete for NHL duty | 06/19/2014 12:05 PM
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Stars GM Jim Nill believes Patrik Nemeth's experience in the AHL playoffs will be a valuable part of his development.
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"Playoff hockey in the American League is tough hockey," Nill said. "It's tough travel - three games in four nights. It's a grind. There have been high-pressure games, overtime games, Game 7s. It's been great for his development - and a lot of others." Nemeth helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup in the AHL postseason and he'll compete for an NHL roster spot in the fall. He skated in eight games with Dallas during the regular season and another five in the playoffs last year.
Rich Peverley gives recovery status update | 06/18/2014 9:15 PM
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Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley said he is making progress in his recovery from an irregular heartbeat, but did not confirm whether or not he will able to return to NHL action next season.
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Peverley collapsed on the bench during a March 10 game versus Columbus and was brought back to life by team trainers and doctors. "I'm trying to take the steps one at a time and just see what happens," Peverley told Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. "If I can play, that will be great. If I can't, then I'll deal with that at that time." Peverley has been increasing his workouts in an attempt to raise his heart rate and make a comeback.
Canucks, Penguins interested in Desjardins | 06/18/2014 6:50 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins have both reportedly asked the Dallas Stars for permission to talk to Willie Desjardins.
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Dallas GM Jim Nill has already said he won't stand in Desjardins' way if he wants to try to become an NHL head coach with another organization. Desjardins was last season's AHL coach of the year and his Texas Stars are the 2014 Calder Cup champions.
Travis Morin wins AHL playoffs MVP award | 06/18/2014 8:41 AM
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Travis Morin has been selected as the 2014 Calder Cup Playoff MVP.
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Morin was also the regular season MVP in 2013-14. He had nine goals and 22 points in 21 playoff games to lead the Texas Stars to the Calder Cup. He's clearly one of the best players in the AHL, but it's probably too late for the 30-year-old to earn a regular spot with an NHL team.

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