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Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (65) / 12/17/1951

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If the Dallas Stars wanted to acquire a goaltender, the lead up to the expansion draft might be an ideal time for them.
Each team can only shield a single goaltender from the expansion draft, but between Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi, the Stars don't have a goaltender they should really want to protect. Instead they might be able to come to an agreement with a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will likely lose a goaltender to Vegas in the expansion draft under the present set of conditions. While Pittsburgh is currently benefiting from the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray is hurt, the Penguins might still trade one of the two goaltenders before the expansion draft on June 21 rather than losing one to Vegas in exchange for nothing. A team like Dallas, with a free slot to protect such a goaltender, could benefit from these circumstances. May 8 - 9:56 AM

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New/old Stars' coach Ken Hitchcock will implement a system that will help the Dallas goalies.

Who those goalies will be is another story. Whether Antti Niemi and/or Kari Lehtonen return or the Stars sign a free agent such as Ben Bishop, Dallas' goals against average and quality chance against stats will improve. Bear that in mind on draft day.
Apr 16 - 12:04 PM

Ken Hitchcock's new contract with the Dallas Stars is a multi-year agreement.

On top of that, once the contract is up and Hitchcock eventually steps back from coaching, he'll begin a new consulting deal with the Dallas Stars. Hitchcock is 65 years old and will turn 66 in December, so there was some speculation that he was only joining Dallas on a one-year deal, but that's not the case.
Apr 14 - 5:47 PM

Ken Hitchcock believes the Stars "has the players here for a very quick turnaround."

He was introduced to the media Thursday as the next coach of Dallas and he is excited to be back with the organization. "I was selfish because I saw the reckless energy and I saw the spirit that this team played with, and I thought I could really help," said Hitchcock. "I saw something special. I saw something special in the captain, in Jamie, I saw something special in the good players, and I saw something special in the spirit. I know I can get that back quickly." He is confident that he can help the Stars defensively and Benn thinks that will come without stifling the team's offense.
Apr 14 - 10:39 AM

Ken Hitchcock has officially been named as the Dallas Stars' head coach.

This will be Hitchcock's second stint with Dallas as he was the Stars' bench boss from 1995-96 until he was fired during the 2001-02 campaign. During his time with Dallas, he won the Stanley Cup in 1999. Hitchcock has gone on to become one of the winningest coaches of all-time with a 781-474-88-111 career record. "Ken is an exceptionally talented coach and we could not be happier to have him joining the organization," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He is a meticulous coach who brings with him an emphasis on structure and a defensive style of play, which will accent our level of skill nicely. Ken has an incredible hockey mind and we look forward to his guidance on the ice."
Apr 13 - 12:12 PM

According to two NHL sources, Ken Hitchcock will be named the new head coach of the Dallas Stars Thursday morning.

He will be announced as the Stars' seventh head coach since the franchise moved from Minnesota in 1993. If you remember, Hitchcock was also the second of the team until he was dismissed in 2001-2. The Stars won the Stanley Cup under his tutelage in 1999. Hitchcock was fired by the Blues this past February.
Apr 12 - 2:33 PM

St. Louis has announced that Ken Hitchcock has been relieved of his coaching duties and Mike Yeo will take over as the head coach of the team.

The initial plan called for Yeo to become the team's head coach next season after he joined the Blues last summer as an associate head coach. However, the struggles of the Blues this campaign made the change happen earlier than expected. Hitchcock has coached the Blues for the past six seasons, while registering a record of 248-124-41. St. Louis has made the playoffs every year under Hitchcock, but their hold over a postseason spot is tenuous right now.
Feb 1 - 9:38 AM

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't like the way his team has been playing of late.

The Blues have dropped three of four games since the Winter Classic, including ugly losses to Boston and Los Angeles this week. "We’re playing losing hockey right now," Hitchcock said. "We’re wasting some decent efforts on getting down too quick and chasing games. When you’re chasing from behind that early, you’re in trouble and we’ve been doing that." St. Louis has a pair of tough matchups this weekend, as they'll take on San Jose on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday.
Jan 14 - 11:34 AM

The St. Louis Blues are seeking taxpayer funding to help with a $138 million renovation plan for Scottrade Center.

The plan is for the city to contribute $67.5 million in initial funding. That would be covered by the city's existing sales tax money generated at Scottrade and from a 1% increase in the sales tax on Blues tickets. Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed said that the bill will be introduced this week and might get a hearing next week.
Jan 4 - 11:27 AM

The Winter Classic will remain a noon start local time in St. Louis.

That's 1:00 in the East and 10:00 AM in the West as the league decided to keep the time after consultations with meteorologists. Sunday's game in Toronto was delayed 30 minutes due to the sun so the time could still change if the weather does not cooperate.
Jan 2 - 8:11 AM

Ken Hitchcock says his team is killing too many penalties this season.

The Blues' penalty kill has been more than solid this season, but the coach isn't happy with the number of penalties they're taking. "We played really well against Chicago … and then we played even better against Nashville," Hitchcock said Friday. "Until they scored their second goal and then we ran out of gas. It’s why we’re running out of gas. We’re running out of gas because we’re asking the same people to do too much because we’re killing too many penalties. We’re killing too many penalties and it’s not allowing us to play our roster properly. It’s disappointing to put that type of work in and play that well and basically not have the energy to come back. Some of it is back-to-back (games), but we were gassed. We were gassed in the third period."
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 09:14:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues have been impressive on the penalty kill this season.

They've killed off 92.8 percent of their opponents' power play attempts, which is second in the league behind Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Blues, that hasn't translated into the greatest start to the season. They have a 4-2-2 record through eight games.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 11:15:00 AM

St. Louis has been limited to one goal in four of the team's last five games.

"This game is the same as four or five games we’ve played already," coach Ken Hitchcock said after a 2-1 shootout loss to Detroit. "We've played really well, had a lot of good stuff, but don't finish. I think we've got to look at everything right now. I think we've got to look at combinations, what's working, what's not working, what we need to get more from. Can't just keep living on scoring chances, you've got to finish at the end of the day. I think we've got to look at every aspect right now." Look for some changes going into Saturday's match against Los Angeles.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 11:22:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues are off to a decent start, but head coach Ken Hitchcock believes there's plenty of room to improve.

"We’re 3-1-1 and that’s probably what we should be," Hitchcock said. "We probably won a game that we didn’t deserve to win and probably lost a game that we thought we could have won. We’re playing good enough to win and good enough to lose every game. We want to get better, but it’s a buildup. There’s 50 percent of the game that we like and 50 percent that we need to be better at. The first 10 games is all about getting better, and there’s elements of our game that we’re doing really well, and we want to keep up with, and there’s elements of our game that need to be better." The Blues will take on the struggling Flames on Saturday night.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 08:49:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues are off to a 2-0 start this season, but head coach Ken Hitchcock would like to see his team take less penalties.

The Blues have taken 11 minor penalties in two games, but have surrendered just one power play goal on nine of their opposition's opportunities on the man-advantage. "There’s two things that need to get better for sure," Hitchcock said. "No. 1 is our stick foul discipline. No matter what happens, you can’t take penalties in the offensive zone if you want to be a good team because it takes us out of our rhythm. We’re overplaying people already. We had that tendency in the preseason, and it’s leaked into this stuff here. We have three or four guys that we’re going to have to address that with in the next 48 hours."
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 09:47:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Radek Faksa
5Devin Shore
6Justin Dowling
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Mattias Janmark
RW1Ales Hemsky
2Brett Ritchie
3Jiri Hudler
4Curtis McKenzie
D1John Klingberg
2Dan Hamhuis
3Esa Lindell
4Stephen Johns
5Patrik Nemeth
6Jamie Oleksiak
7Julius Honka
8Greg Pateryn
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Ben Bishop
3Antti Niemi