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Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (56) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
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The Dallas Stars have promoted Less Jackson, Mark Janko and Scott White.
Jackson was serving as Jim Nill's assistant GM and been elevated to senior advisor to the general manager. Scott White was the general manager of Dallas' AHL affiliate in Texas and he's now been promoted to assistant GM. Janko also becomes assistant general manager. He was previously the director of hockey administration. Aug 31 - 12:39 PM

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The trade of Alex Goligoski to Arizona will give the Stars the chance to inject some youth on their blueline.

Look for Esa Lindell, who is a star in the making after a strong AHL season, to make his mark in 2016-17. Others who may be given opportunities to grab a roster spot and play alongside rearguard anchors John Klingberg and Johnny Oduya are: Stephen Johns, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak. It will certainly be a season of chance on the Dallas blueline.
Jun 18 - 10:31 AM

The Dallas Stars will have five players competing in the World Cup of Hockey tournament set to begin September 17th.

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will skate for Canada, while Esa Lindell will skate for Finland. Ales Hemsky and Radek Faska will play for the Czech Republic.
May 28 - 11:00 AM

Jim Nill is one of the three finalists for the GM of the Year Award.

During Nill's tenure, Dallas has made several major trades, including the acquisitions of Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, and Patrick Sharp. Those three were major pieces of the Stars' puzzle in 2015-16 as the squad posted a 50-23-9 record.
May 18 - 7:41 PM

The Dallas Stars will get to keep their first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft after failing to make the Western Conference Final.

The Stars sent a conditional second-round pick along with Jyrki Jokipakka and Brett Pollock to Calgary in exchange for defenseman Kris Russell at the trade deadline. If they made it to the West Final then the pick would have become a first rounder for the Flames. Russell can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
May 12 - 8:08 AM

The Dallas Stars had plenty of scoring chances in their Game 5 loss to the Blues, but they couldn't finish.

"If you look at the opportunities we had, we've got to cash in," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We hit a crossbar and missed a couple point blank. When you get chances to execute and turn the game, it's your chance to put the game in your favor, and we didn't." In Dallas' defense, they did run into Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who was fantastic. The Stars will need to win Game 6 or they'll be eliminated.
May 8 - 10:21 AM

Lindy Ruff is one of three coaches to be selected as a Jack Adams Award finalist.

The trophy is given to the coach who contributed the most to his team's success in the regular season. Ruff guided the Stars to Central Division and Western Conference crowns in 2015-16. This was Dallas' first division title since '05-06 and their first conference title since '02-03. The Stars finished the year with a 50-23-9 record and also scored the most goals (265) in 2015-16. Ruff won the Jack Adams Award back in 2005-06 when he was coaching the Buffalo Sabres.
Source: NHL.com
May 5 - 8:04 PM

Coach Lindy Ruff thinks the kiss that St. Louis forward Ryan Reaves blew at the Stars bench in Game 3 could serve as motivation.

"I think the players note that, yeah I think they do," he said. "Our guys were embarrassed last night, and that's stuff you take to heart. That's stuff you use. We're a proud team." The Blues won Tuesday's contest by a 6-1 score and lead the series 2-1.
May 4 - 6:26 PM

Lindy Ruff is happy with his team's defensive effort in the first two games of the playoffs.

The Stars came into this season trying to improve their defensive play, and that strategy has paid off in the playoffs. Dallas has given up just one goal in the first two games of their series against Minnesota. "I think we are playing our smartest hockey away from the puck," Ruff said. "We've realized down the stretch here that it's important to play both ways, it's important to win games 2-1. We've come a long way as a group in playing the game the right way."
Apr 17 - 10:31 AM

Stars coach Lindy Ruff was proud of his team's body of work this season.

The Stars finished first in the West after few people picked them to be in that position before the season started. "It's a tremendous accomplishment," Ruff said of finishing first. "There weren't a lot of people that picked us to be there. To be honest, I didn't think we could get there ourselves ... but as the year went on, I thought we had a chance." The Stars will host the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 on Thursday.
Apr 10 - 11:25 AM

Dallas has allowed a league-leading 15 shorthanded goals against this season.

Anaheim scored twice on the penalty kill in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Stars. John Klingberg gifted Nate Thompson with the puck and a giveaway by Patrick Sharp led to a goal by Ryan Kesler. "It's about making the right decision," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I have to take some of the hit, because I make the decision to have four forwards out there. I could totally take it away by putting two defensemen out there, but I think our power play numbers go down when I do that. We just have move forward and fix it." Dallas ranks fifth in the league in power-play proficiency at 21.7 percent.
Apr 4 - 1:34 PM

Lindy Ruff tied Ron Wilson for fifth all-time in games coached on Thursday.

Ruff moved passed Pat Quinn and he's now even with Wilson at 1401 games coached. Obviously, Ruff will have no problem passing Wilson. He'll do so on Saturday night. The Stars coach has a 693-515-192 record in his 18-year coaching career.
Source: The Score
Mar 17 - 9:50 PM

According to Columnist Rick Gosselin, he expects Stars GM Jim Nill "will bring in a veteran defenseman."

And for good reason, as Gosselin points out, the Stars are 2-12 when they've scored two or fewer goals. Five such games have come this month. To wit, Tyler Seguin has just three points in 10 games this month and just six points in 14 losses. That's simply not going to cut it, especially in the often low-scoring playoffs. Nill will have $10.55M in cap space at the deadline, so it'll be up to him to press the right buttons.
Jan 24 - 8:38 PM

The Dallas Stars have handed general manager Jim Nill a five-year extension.

Nill has played a big role in the revival of the Dallas Stars by bringing in key players like Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, and Jason Spezza. Dallas has a comfortable lead in the Western Conference lead with a 29-10-4 record. "In just over two years, Jim has helped instill a culture of excellence within our organization and extending that partnership to 2022-23 is vital for the direction of the hockey club," said Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi. "From the day he stepped into this role, he has displayed tremendous decision-making in the re-tooling of our group and we're excited to build upon the foundation that has been laid. We feel he is one of the best general managers in our League and we are thrilled he is so committed to us."
Jan 8 - 11:46 AM

After their OT loss to the Devils on Saturday, the Stars become the first team to hit the 60-point mark this season.

"In the end, it’s a good point," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "I thought Jersey played a heck of a game. They played a smart game, and I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. We made a good push to get back in it. At the end, you have to find ways to get points, and we found a point." The Stars are one of the elite teams in the NHL this season, and they're fun to watch.
Jan 3 - 11:08 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Radek Faksa
5Devin Shore
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Mattias Janmark
5Jason Dickinson
RW1Jiri Hudler
2Ales Hemsky
3Patrick Eaves
4Curtis McKenzie
5Brett Ritchie
D1John Klingberg
2Dan Hamhuis
3Johnny Oduya
4Stephen Johns
5Esa Lindell
6Jordie Benn
7Patrik Nemeth
8Jamie Oleksiak
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Antti Niemi