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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. | 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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.
Dallas Morning News

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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.
Dallas Morning News

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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.
Dallas Morning News

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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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Impact
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.
Dallas Morning News

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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.
Dallas Morning News

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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.
Patrik Nemeth scores Calder Cup-winning goal | 06/18/2014 8:38 AM
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Patrik Nemeth scored in overtime to secure the Calder Cup for the Texas Stars.
Dallas Morning News

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The Stars won the AHL finals in five games. Nemeth, who is a defenseman not known for his offensive abilities, finished the playoffs with five points in 18 contests. He participated in eight games with the Dallas Stars during the regular season.
Dallas completes buyout of Aaron Rome | 06/17/2014 12:13 PM
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Aaron Rome has successfully cleared waivers.
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With that done, the Dallas Stars have bought out the final season of Rome's three-year, $4.5 million contract. He had an assist in 25 games in 2013-14.
Gonchar isn't expected to be bought out | 06/17/2014 9:08 AM
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The Dallas Stars aren't interested in buying out Sergei Gonchar.
Dallas Morning News

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They might still trade Gonchar if there's a market for him. However, he's 40 years old now and is coming off a rough season, so there might not be many interested parties for the once great offensive defenseman.
Dallas Stars aren't buying out Erik Cole | 06/17/2014 9:06 AM
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The Dallas Stars won't buy out the final season of Erik Cole's contract.
Dallas Morning News

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Cole scored just 16 goals and 29 points in 75 games in 2013-14. We wouldn't bet on the 35-year-old bouncing back next season.
Tim Thomas will not be re-signed by the Stars | 06/17/2014 9:03 AM
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Tim Thomas will not be returning to the Dallas Stars for the 2013-14 campaign.
Dallas Morning News

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Thomas was decent, but not great in his comeback attempt in 2013-14. He ended up with a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage in 48 games with Florida and Dallas. He might be able to find work as a backup goaltender for the 2014-15 campaign, but at the age of 40, it wouldn't be surprising if he simply decides to hang up his skates for good.
Dallas parts ways with Ray Whitney | 06/17/2014 9:01 AM
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The Dallas Stars don't plan on re-signing Ray Whitney this summer.
Dallas Morning News

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Whitney had just nine goals and 32 points in 69 games in 2013-14. The fact that he won't be returning to Dallas isn't surprising after he criticized the team over his lack of playing time down the stretch. He turned 42 in May, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately hangs up his skates instead of signing a new contract over the summer.
Kevin Connauton may get a full-time spot | 06/16/2014 2:10 PM
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Kevin Connauton was the odd man out for most of the 2013-14 campaign, but he may be able to secure a roster spot with the Stars next season.
Dallas Morning News

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The team is poised to buy out the remainder of Aaron Rome's contract, which could free up room for Connauton. "We have a lot of young defensemen who are making a good push and we need to create room for them," GM Jim Nill said of the Rome decision. If Connauton can fend off Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka then he could be in line for a much more permanent slot in the lineup in 2014-15.
Vernon Fiddler will test the market as a UFA | 06/16/2014 1:50 PM
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Vernon Fiddler is expected to test the market on July 1 after he rejected a contract offer from the Stars.
Dallas Morning News

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He generated six goals and 17 assists in 76 games in 2013-14. Fiddler plays a strong defensive game and he could attract interest as a depth player on the open market.
Stars to buy out Rome, place him on waivers | 06/16/2014 1:43 PM
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Aaron Rome has been placed on unconditional waivers with the intent to buy out the remainder of his contract.
Dallas Morning News

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His deal would've paid him $1.6 million next season, but now the Stars will pay him $528,000 for each of the next two years. It's expected that Dallas will use a compliance buyout on Rome, so the team won't take a cap hit from the transaction. Dallas GM Jim Nil said the team doesn't plan to use another buyout. Rome appeared in just 25 games with the Stars last season.
Jere Lehtinen named as Finnish National GM | 06/14/2014 11:11 AM
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Former Dallas Star forward Jere Lehtinen has been named as the general manager of the national Finnish team.
Dallas Morning News

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He replaces Finnish icon Jar Kurri. Lehtinen is the only player in Finland's histroy to win a World Championship and Stanley Cup. Lehtinen, a strong two-way forward, played all 14 of his NHL seasons with the Stars, registering 243 goals and 271 assists in 875 games.
Willie Desjardins may be coaching in NHL soon | 06/13/2014 10:08 AM
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Dallas GM Jim Nill won't stand in Willie Desjardins' way if an NHL team wants to hire him.
Dallas Morning News

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"The teams have been very conscientious about the playoffs, so they haven't asked for permission yet, but I'll definitely grant it," Nill said. "I believe you want to allow your people to advance, because it's good for the entire organization. You want your players to advance to the NHL, and you want your coaches and trainers or managers to advance. I think that's the right way to do things." Desjardins was named the AHL Coach of the Year last season and has the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup Final this campaign with a 2-1 series lead over St. John's. He might be able to find a position in Carolina, Florida, Pittsburgh or Vancouver once NHL teams are given the go ahead to speak with him.
Glennie has been excellent in AHL playoffs | 06/09/2014 10:22 AM
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Scott Glennie picked up two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over St. John's in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Final on Sunday night.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"He's put the work in, and he's really improved his game," Texas coach Willie Desjardins said before the AHL Final. "He had to earn it. He sat probably 20 games at one point, and he had to earn his way back into the lineup, but he did it." Glennie was the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft, but he's only appeared in one NHL game and it came during the 2011-12 campaign. He's starting to gain back some attention after notching six goals and four assists in 16 playoff games. Glennie could finally be ready to push for a roster spot in the fall.
McKenzie makes smooth jump from NCAA to AHL | 06/08/2014 9:47 AM
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Curtis McKenzie has made a successful transition from the NCAA to AHL in 2013-14.
Stars.nhl.com

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McKenzie had 24 points and 80 penalty minutes in 39 games in 2012-13 while playing for Miami University (Ohio). He's followed that up with a great rookie season in AHL Texas, recording 27 goals, 65 points, and 92 penalty minutes in 75 contests. He's also scored two goals and seven assists in 16 postseason contests as the team's gone on to reach the Calder Cup Final.
Rookie Ranford has seven AHL playoff goals | 06/08/2014 9:44 AM
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Brendan Ranford has stepped up in the playoffs in his first AHL season.
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Impact
Ranford had 12 goals and 33 points in 65 regular season games with AHL Texas. He's added another seven goals and 10 points in 16 playoff contests to help guide the team to the Calder Cup Final. He was originally taken by the Philadelphia Flyers with the second last pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Travis Morin is exceling in AHL playoffs | 06/08/2014 9:40 AM
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After being named the AHL MVP, Travis Morin is continuing to shine in the playoffs.
Stars.nhl.com

Impact
Morin has four goals and 15 points in 16 postseason games to lead the Texas Stars to the Calder Cup Final. They'll play against the St. John's IceCaps. At the age of 30, it's unlikely that Morin will ever be a factor in fantasy leagues, but he did get a taste of the NHL with Dallas this season, recording an assist in four games.
Stars looking for backup for Lehtonen | 06/01/2014 11:57 AM
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Don't be surprised if Dallas trades for a young goalie to back up starter Kari Lehtonen.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
They have highly touted Jack Campbell in their system, but the 22-year-old can't seem to stay healthy. So the Stars may look outside the organization for an up and coming netminder. One of Boston's young stud prospects Malcolm Subban and Niklas Svedberg may be available. As well, Detroit may be willing to part with Petr Mrazek or Tom McCollum if they re-sign UFA Jonas Gustavsson. Stay tuned.
Stars sign fourth-rounder Gemel Smith | 05/31/2014 6:41 PM
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Dallas has inked Gemel Smith to three-year, entry-level contract.
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Impact
He amassed 37 goals and 75 points in 69 games during the 2013-14 season between Owen Sound and London. Smith also recorded 12 points in nine playoff contests with the Knights. Dallas took him in the fourth round, with the 104th overall pick, in the 2012 draft.
Stars real need is a #1 defenseman | 05/31/2014 12:04 PM
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The Stars off-season priority may be to acquire a number one defenseman capable of playing 25 minutes and anchoring the team's power play.
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Impact
Dallas also would like a second-line center but the defenseman may be a more pressing need. It will be interesting to see who the Stars target as number one rearguards hardly grown on trees. Stay tuned.
Stars sign 2013 draft pick Jason Dickinson | 05/29/2014 6:01 PM
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Jason Dickinson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.
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Impact
He registered 26 goals and 78 points in 68 games with the OHL's Guelph Storm during the 2013-14 campaign. Dickinson also produced 24 points in 20 postseason contests and five points in four matches during the Memorial Cup. The Stars chose Dickinson with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Report: Doc says Peverley could play in 14-15 | 05/26/2014 12:06 PM
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According to a source, at least one doctor has said that Rich Peverley could play next season.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
Andy Strickland reported the news on his Twitter feed. "The first main thing is I'm going to have to do testing with getting my heart rate up, and then we'll go from there," said Peverley when he spoke to the media in late April. "I'm not sure when that will be, but that will be the first thing." He's optimistic about his chances after undergoing heart surgery on Mar. 19, but he still has some lingering doubts about his status.
Stars likely in the market for a center | 05/25/2014 6:40 AM
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It sounds like Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a center over the summer.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"I think if you want to be a contender, you have to be deep down the middle," Nill said. "That's something we've talked about over and over again." There are some options if Nill is looking to add a center. For example, he could pursue Vancouver's Ryan Kesler on the trade market or make a bid for Paul Stastny if he doesn't re-sign with Colorado.
Henri Kiviaho inks entry-level contract | 05/23/2014 6:04 PM
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Henri Kiviaho has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kiviaho was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had a 2.92 GAA and .881 save percentage in 13 Finnish league contests in 2013-14.
Tim Thomas struggles in World Championship | 05/23/2014 9:23 AM
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Tim Thomas and the United States were eliminated from the 2014 World Championship in the Quarterfinals on Thursday.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
Thomas posted an unimpressive 3.38 GAA and .868 save percentage in seven contests during the tournament. Given that the 40-year-old is an unrestricted free agent, it's possible that he's played in his last game.
Antoine Roussel helps France get to QF | 05/21/2014 9:36 AM
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Led by Antoine Roussel, France has advanced to the World Championship quarterfinals.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
The last time France finished in the top-eight was in 1995. France made it this far thanks to its surprise win against Canada as well as its victories over Slovakia, Denmark, and Norway. It also took the Czech Republic to overtime to secure a point. Along the way, Roussel has scored six goals and 11 points in seven games. France will play against Russia in the quarterfinals.
Rousell shining at IIHF tourney | 05/17/2014 12:05 PM
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Antoine Roussel is playing standout hockey at the IIHF World Hockey championships in Belarus.
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Impact
He has been the best skater on the surprising French team with four goals and six points in five games. We have always liked Roussel's overall game. If the offence is real and he can improve just a little at the NHL level next season, he could be one of the top mid-round picks in any draft. The combination of his penalty minute and scoring contributions make him a very attractive fantasy player.
Antoine Roussel leads France to another upset | 05/12/2014 3:07 PM
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Antoine Roussel scored two goals in France's 5-3 victory over Slovakia in the 2014 World Championship.
Washington Times

Impact
France has been a pleasant surprise so far in the tournament with two wins in three games, including a shootout victory over Canada. Roussel had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Dallas Stars in 2013-14.
Roussel sets up tying goal for France | 05/10/2014 12:12 PM
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Antoine Roussel set up the tying goal for France in its 3-2 shootout win over Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships Friday.
Stars Inside Edge

Impact
He registered a helper on Shane DeCosta's third period marker that sent the game into a shootout. Roussel is one of the NHL's best all purpose players as he contributes offense and PIMs to his fantasy team's totals. Make sure you don't let him slide to far in next year's draft or you will run the risk of having an opponent scoop him up.
Dallas inks prospect Esa Lindell | 05/07/2014 4:55 PM
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The Dallas Stars have signed Esa Lindell to a three-year, entry-level contract.
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Impact
Lindell was selected by Dallas in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had two goals and five points in 44 SM-liiga contests with Jokerit Helsinki in 2013-14. He also was part of Finland's gold medal winning World Junior's team in 2014. He had five points in seven games during the tournament.
Ray Whitney critical of Stars' usage for him | 05/06/2014 8:17 AM
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Ray Whitney didn't like the way he was utilized this season in Dallas, especially down the stretch.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"The legs are still there, but it's nearly impossible to get the legs moving when you're over 40 and playing eight to 10 minutes and only on the power play," Whitney said. "After the first 10 games, I was on the second line, but the last three or four months, it was the fourth. They went with youth and they do have some good kids. I can't deny that." He will turn 42 years of age Thursday and he seems to understand that the 2013-14 campaign may have been his last. Whitney is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, but he said: "There won't be a lot of people banging down the doors." He produced nine goals and 32 points in 69 games this past season.
Jamie Benn proves he was worthy of the 'C' | 05/05/2014 11:31 AM
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Jamie Benn proved over the course of the 2013-14 season that he was the right choice to captain the Dallas Stars.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
During the regular season, he set career bests in goals (34), assists (45) and points (79). Benn also helped Canada win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, where he contributed despite originally being given a reduced role. He played very well during the Stars' first-round playoff loss to Anaheim, where he earned plenty of praise from the Ducks. "He's just a winner," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He reminds me of those leaders like [Ryan] Getzlaf and [Jarome] Iginla that they'll not only play and do the right things, but they'll fight when they need to. And they do whatever it takes to win."
Ray Whitney may retire at age 42 | 05/05/2014 7:59 AM
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Ray Whitney could have played his last game in the NHL.
Edmonton Herald

Impact
The veteran turns 42 on Thursday but struggled this season as the Stars used him on the power play and some time on the fourth line after the 10 game mark of the regular season. His family will be in Phoenix this season and unless he can get a job nearby (the Coyotes or a California team) he will likely retire. "Phoenix could be the easiest solution, but I don't know what their plans are," Whitney said. "My daughter's in Grade 7 now and it's time to get her settled, get the family all set. Moving around is all done for them."
Tim Thomas will represent US in 2014 WC | 05/02/2014 12:08 PM
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Tim Thomas will play in the 2014 World Championship.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Thomas had a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage in 48 games with Florida and Dallas in 2013-14. The last time he played in the World Championship was in 2008 when he posted a 1.50 GAA and .925 save percentage in three games.
Vernon Fiddler may test the open market | 05/02/2014 9:01 AM
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It's unclear if Vernon Fiddler will be back with the Dallas Stars next season.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
He can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer and could decide to test the market. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News described his situation well when he said: "The Stars have to make room for the kids, but will likely use the safety net of one-year deals to protect them next season. If Fiddler wants to sign a one-year deal, I can almost guarantee he will be back. If I'm his agent, I tell him to test the market and look for something more than that." Fiddler had six goals and 17 assists in 76 games this past season.
Stars want to add a No. 1 defenseman | 05/01/2014 12:06 PM
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The Dallas Stars would like to add a "true" No. 1 defenseman.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"Moving forward, it would be great to have a No. 1 or No. 2 defenseman, but there are 25 other teams that want the same thing," GM Jim Nill said. "That's probably something we'll have to draft and develop. It's hard to find a true No. 1 defenseman." The Stars want to be a harder team to play against and adding a player of that ilk would certainly help lower their goals against.
Stars assign Jeffrey, Mueller to the AHL | 04/30/2014 9:25 AM
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As expected, the Stars assigned Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller to the minors.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
They both cleared waivers and will join AHL Texas for the playoffs.
Rich Peverley still faces plenty of unknowns | 04/30/2014 9:21 AM
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Rich Peverley isn't sure if he'll be able to play again, but he's trying to stay upbeat about it.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"There are a lot of unknowns still," he said. "I'm optimistic ... We'll have to wait and see. I'm literally taking it day to day." Peverley has not pushed his heart rate up yet even though he has been skating and helped with some team practices. He has been wearing a monitoring device since having ablation surgery and he's been following the protocols that his doctors set.
Dallas' Chris Mueller goes on waivers | 04/28/2014 2:38 PM
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Chris Mueller has been waived by Dallas.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
If he clears then he will help AHL Texas in the playoffs. Mueller spent most the 2013-14 campaign in the minors, where he racked up 25 goals and 57 points in 60 games.
Stars place Dustin Jeffrey on waivers | 04/28/2014 2:36 PM
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Dustin Jeffrey has been placed on waivers by the Dallas Stars.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
If he clears then he'll head down to the minors to help AHL Texas in the playoffs. He didn't play with Dallas in the postseason, but he had four points in 34 games during the regular season. Jeffrey has spent some time in the minors this campaign as well, where he had 10 points in 21 outings with Texas.
Cody Eakin played well in Round 1 defeat | 04/28/2014 12:13 PM
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Cody Eakin generated a goal and an assist in Game 6 versus Anaheim.
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Impact
He scored a power-play goal in the first period and earned an assist on Ryan Garbutt's tally to give Dallas a 3-1 lead. The Ducks rallied late in the third to win the game 5-4 in overtime and eliminated the Stars in six games. Eakin, who was playing in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs, concluded the series with five points. He had 16 markers and 35 points in 81 matches during the regular season.
Alex Goligoski picked up 2 assists in Game 6 | 04/28/2014 12:08 PM
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Alex Goligoski earned two assists in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to Anaheim.
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Impact
He recorded four points, including three helpers, in six games versus the Ducks in the series. Goligoski also posted an impressive plus-7 rating, while averaging 28:30 of ice time per contest.
Daley's best playoff performance not enough | 04/28/2014 12:04 PM
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Trevor Daley doubled his postseason goal total in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to Anaheim.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
He entered the contest with two goals and four points in 34 career playoff games. Daley recorded two markers and added an assist in Game 6 versus the Ducks for his most productive postseason appearance. Unfortunately, he probably won't remember the match fondly, as the Stars were eliminated after they blew a two-goal lead in the last 2:10 of regulation.
Ducks give Stars 'a cruel lesson' in Game 6 | 04/28/2014 11:43 AM
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Coach Lindy Ruff called Dallas' 5-4 overtime loss to Anaheim in Game 6 "a cruel lesson."
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"It's a cruel lesson, but it gives us a platform to build off of," Ruff said. "There was so much good in that game. The battle and the compete from this team has been unbelievable. I'm proud of the way they played, they played hard, they played really hard." The Stars blew a two-goal lead in the final 2:10 of regulation and lost in overtime to get eliminated from the playoffs. However, captain Jamie Benn was also pleased with what his teammates accomplished. "It happened so fast, it's a bit of a shock but I'm proud of our guys," he said. "We battled hard all year. We battled to get into the playoffs. I thought we played a pretty good series against a pretty good team."
Stars' Kari Lehtonen takes 5-4 overtime loss | 04/27/2014 11:45 PM
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Veteran goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 Anaheim shots but allowed five goals en route to the Stars' 5-4 overtime loss to the Ducks in Dallas Sunday night.
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Impact
The loss eliminated the Stars from the playoffs in six games. It would be stretching it to suggest that Lehtonen had anything more than an average series. His GAA was 3.29 and he finished with a save percentage of .885.
Stars' last hurrah; 3 points for Trevor Daley | 04/27/2014 11:37 PM
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Trevor Daley scored two goals and had an assist but he and the Dallas Stars squandered a 4-2 lead late in the third period before falling 5-4 to the Anaheim Ducks in overtime and getting eliminated from the playoffs.
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Impact
The Stars, on home ice, also built a 2-0 lead in this one and were only 15 seconds away from tying the best-of-seven series 3-3 when the Ducks tied the game 4-4 on a Devante Smith-Pelly goal with an extra attacker. Ryan Garbutt and Cody Eakin had the Stars' other goals.
Ray Whitney could sit out Game 6 on Sunday | 04/27/2014 1:53 PM
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The Dallas Stars are expected to make veteran winger Ray Whitney a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, according to TSN's Aaron Ward.
Aaron Ward on Twitter

Impact
This shouldn't be shocking, being that "The Wizard" has failed to score a single point in five playoff games and only has three SOG in the series. He only managed to score 32 points in 69 games this season.
Kari Lehtonen gets the nod Sunday | 04/27/2014 11:43 AM
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Kari Lehtonen is projected to start in Game 6 on Sunday.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice after the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who will play between the pipes. This isn't much of a surprise, but it's still worth noting after Lehtonen allowed five goals on 21 shots before being pulled on Friday.
Lindy Ruff's confident ahead of must-win game | 04/27/2014 9:36 AM
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Stars coach Lindy Ruff isn't worried about his team as they get ready for a must-win game on Sunday.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
Dallas is down 3-2 in its series against against Anaheim. "I think this team, when they've faced adversity, they've answered the call," Ruff said. "I'm positive that they'll answer that call again." The Stars previously rallied back from a 2-0 series deficit, but they also fell hard in the third period of Anaheim's 6-2 win in Game 5.
Garbutt gets fined for spear, no suspension | 04/26/2014 4:54 PM
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Ryan Garbutt has been fined $1,474.36 for his spear to Anaheim's Corey Perry.
NHL.com

Impact
That is the maximum he could fined under the CBA. Garbutt was given a major penalty for spearing and game misconduct in Game 5 on Friday night for the incident. He will be eligible to play in Game 6.
Garbutt unlikely to be suspended for spear | 04/26/2014 12:53 PM
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The Stars' Ryan Garbutt is unlikely to be suspended for spearing Corey Perry in the groin during Friday night's 6-2 loss to the Ducks.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
The NHL has not indicated if it will review the infraction that saw Garbutt receive a five-minute major and a game misconduct. However, even if it does, the league has not made a habit of suspending players for spearing in the post season. Milan Lucic was fined for a playoff spear this season against Detroit but was not suspended.
Brenden Dillon returns Friday night | 04/26/2014 12:39 PM
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Brenden Dillon returned to action Friday night after being sidelined since the end of the regular season with a lower-body injury.
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Impact
He had 27 shifts and was on the ice for 20:18 and seemed to get through the contest without any setbacks. That said, Dillon was directly responsible for the Ducks' fourth and fifth goals in a 6-2 loss as he made a bad pass that led to a Jakob Silfverberg marker and was knocked off the puck by Corey Perry that led to a Ryan Getzlaf goal.
Lehtonen not impressive in loss | 04/26/2014 3:19 AM
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Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on only 21 shots in Dallas' 6-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Stars replaced Lehtonen with Tim Thomas in the third period, but that didn't help. Thomas lunged far out of his crease to try and poke the puck away from Corey Perry near the left circle, but he rounded the goalkeeper like someone would in soccer and scored into the open net for a 6-2 lead. The Stars and the Ducks will meet again in Dallas on Sunday and Lehtonen should be between the pipes then.
Benn scores in loss | 04/26/2014 3:16 AM
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Jamie Benn scored a shorthanded goal in Dallas' 6-2 loss to Anaheim in Game 5 of their first round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Benn was dominant in the first two periods. When he was on the ice at even strength, the Stars had 14 shot attempts and yielded one. In Benn's first three shifts of the third period, his line had zero shot attempts, was scored on once and his penalty led to a fourth power-play goal against and made it a four-goal game. Shawn Horcoff scored the other goal for Dallas.
Antoine Roussel has agitated Ducks' stars | 04/25/2014 8:41 AM
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Antoine Roussel has gotten under the skin of Anaheim's top players in Round 1 of the postseason.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that's seen him play. He was involved in an altercation with Ryan Getzlaf in Game 3 and he dropped the gloves with Corey Perry in Game 4. Roussel has three assists and 11 penalty minutes in four playoff contests. The emotion of the series, which is tied 2-2, should be sky high on Friday night.
Brenden Dillon could be available for Game 5 | 04/24/2014 1:52 PM
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Brenden Dillon (lower body) will be a game-time call on Friday for Game 5.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
He's been sidelined since Dallas' last game of the regular season. Dillon had 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 80 games this year.
Patrik Nemeth to be a game-time decision Fri. | 04/24/2014 1:49 PM
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Patrik Nemeth exited Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
The 22-year-old blueliner appeared in eight games during the regular season and he's played in four matches during the playoffs. Nemeth is being listed as a game-time decision for Game 5 on Friday.
Shawn Horcoff contributes 2 helpers Wednesday | 04/24/2014 12:15 PM
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Shawn Horcoff collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Anaheim.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He's still looking for his first goal since Feb. 4, but he does have four helpers in four playoff contests versus the Ducks.

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