Player News - Stars

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Matej Stransky has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Dallas Stars.

Stransky had 23 goals and 39 points in 74 AHL games in 2015-16. He can earn $575,000 at the NHL level next season or $75,000 in the minors.
Jul 18 - 4:24 PM

The Dallas Stars don't think Valeri Nichushkin will opt to play in Russia.

Nichushkin is a restricted free agent and would attract interest from KHL clubs if he was thinking of going that route. Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't see that happening though. "Val's over here training and I don't think there's that issue," Nill said. "Val wants to be in the NHL and he wants to have a good year this year, so I don't think that's possible."
Jul 18 - 1:41 PM

The Dallas Stars aren't concerned about the fact that Jamie Benn has undergone surgery in each of the last two summers.

Benn recently had an operation for a core muscle surgery and not long after that was reported, Dallas and Benn agreed to an eight-year, $76 million extension. "He was just doing some offseason training on his own, and just felt a little tinge of something, so we got him checked over, they brought him in. It's a surgery, but it's nothing major," Stars GM Jim Nill explained with regards to Benn's surgery. Nill described Benn's probably as kind of like a stomach pull rather than any kind of tear. Benn might still play in the World Cup, but no final decision has been made.
Jul 18 - 1:37 PM

Jamie Benn has signed an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Dallas Stars.

That gives Benn a $9.5 million annual cap hit. Benn still has a season left on his five-year, $26.25 million deal, so this new contract will run through 2024-25. In other words, this sets him up to play with Dallas until just before his 36th birthday. His cap hit will be on par with Evgeni Malkin's, above Sidney Crosby ($8.7 million) and Corey Perry ($8.625 million), but still below Anze Kopitar ($10 million), Patrick Kane ($10.5 million), and Jonathan Toews ($10.5 million). It's also less than Steven Stamkos recently took (eight-year, $68 million). At the end of the day, Benn is a top-tier player and thus is worthy of this contract. There's an argument to be made that the more he was willing to leave on the table, the more likely Dallas was to win the Stanley Cup. As it is, this contract is substantial, but it's not jarring. The Stars should still be able to maintain a strong core that also includes Tyler Seguin (who isn't eligible to be an UFA until 2019).
Jul 15 - 8:39 PM

Jamie Benn had a core muscle injury that led to surgery.

Benn had the operation on Thursday and is expected to need six weeks to recover. So as long as there are no setbacks, he should be fine for the start of the regular season.
Jul 15 - 3:57 PM

Jamie Oleksiak's recently signed one-way contract is a one-way deal.

Oleksiak will consequently receive $918,750 for his efforts in 2016-17 regardless of whether he plays with Dallas or in the AHL. He had two assists in 19 contests with Dallas last season.
Jul 13 - 10:38 PM

The Dallas Stars have inked Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract.

Oleksiak had two assists in 19 games with Dallas in 2015-16. He also had two assists in eight AHL contests. "Jamie brings size and a physical element to our backend," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "We're expecting him to have a solid summer of training and development and look forward to him competing for a regular spot in our lineup."
Jul 13 - 6:08 PM

Devin Shore is looking to bounce back after a shoulder injury cost him roughly half of the 2015-16 campaign.

"I really just want to make the best of a bad situation," said Shore. "I think you can look at it and try to take the positives out of it and push yourself to be even better." Shore is participating in the Stars' development camp and will be in the running for a roster spot once the team's training camp begins. He had 15 goals and 26 points in 23 AHL contests. He also participated in three games with Dallas, but didn't record a point over that span.
Jul 10 - 9:04 AM

The Boston Bruins reportedly have some interest in Kris Russell.

The Bruins are looking for defensive help and their options on the free agent market are thinning out. Alternatively, Boston might attempt to upgrade their defense via a trade. Russell has already reportedly declined an offer from Toronto worth roughly $17 million over four years.
Jul 4 - 4:30 AM

Kris Russell's agent, Allain Roy, set the record straight by tweeting that his client never turned down an offer from the Maple Leafs.

Several media outlets reported that Russell had signed with the Leafs on July 1st. Other reports had him turning down an offer from Toronto. "Reports of Kris Russell turning down any offer from the Maple Leafs are false. Simply rumors," Roy tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
Jul 3 - 6:59 PM

The Dallas Stars have signed Adam Cracknell to a one-year, two-way deal.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 30-year-old had five goals and 10 points in 52 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks in 2015-16. Cracknell will have an opportunity to earn a regular role with the Stars in training camp, but he'll likely spend at least a portion of the year in the AHL.
Jul 3 - 2:53 PM

Kris Russell is among the best defensemen still available on the free agent market.

Multiple reports suggest that he has several suitors, but the interesting aspect of this will be contract terms. Jason Demers was considered a top free agent defenseman, and he got five years, $22.5 million from the Panthers. Russell is respected for his shot blocking, but the 29-year-old doesn’t offer much else. Justin Schultz and James Wisniewski are also available.
Jul 2 - 7:47 PM

Newly-signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis will likely get plenty of second power-play ice time this upcoming season.

We expect John Klingberg to anchor the power-play and skate for the first minute or so on the Stars' first unit, but Hamhuis would be the next off the bench to direct the second team. That makes him somewhat valuable in fantasy pools. Don't forget about him on draft day. He should make a solid late-round selection.
Jul 2 - 12:14 PM

Updating a previous report, Dustin Stevenson's new one-year deal with the Stars is for a reported $575,000 at the NHL level.

The deal is expected to be a two-way deal. Stevenson had his worst season in three with AHL Stockton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2015-16, posting eight points and 104 PIMs.
Jul 1 - 8:15 PM

Dustin Stevenson has signed a one-year deal with Dallas.

The 26-year-old defender has no NHL experience, so we expect this is also a two-way deal as we wait for the financial details to come out. Stevenson had his worst season in three with AHL Stockton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2015-16, posting eight points and 104 PIMs.
Jul 1 - 4:25 PM


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