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Kari Lehtonen worked at polishing his game during the off-season.

Lehtonen worked on tweaking his technique over the summer. "I’m just trying to read the game a little bit better and try to be more patient in some situations and know when I have to be more aggressive," said Lehtonen. The 30-year-old had a solid season in the Stars’ net last season going 33-20-10 with a 2.41 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage. There’s no reason to believe he can’t reach those numbers again this season.
Sep 21 - 7:36 PM

Patrik Nemeth is trying to build on his playoff experience in both the NHL and AHL last season.

Nemeth played 5 of Dallas’ 6 playoff games against the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He also scored the Calder Cup winning goal for the Texas Stars. "When you go far in the playoffs, you always get confidence," said Nemeth. "You’ve always got to work hard during the summer and get ready for the new season." The 22-year-old has a chance to stick with the big club when camp breaks.
Sep 21 - 7:27 PM

Goaltender Jussi Rynnas looked great in scrimmage on Saturday.

Rynnas is trying to knock Anders Lindback out of the backup job in Dallas and if yesterday's performance is any indication, he has a great chance. Stay tuned as the Stars inked Rynnas to a two-year/one-way contract in the summer. He had a 1.51 GAA and a .939 save percentage last season in 40 Finnish Elite League games.
Sep 21 - 11:53 AM

Colton Sceviour has been cleared for contact as he returns from off-season shoulder surgery.

Sceviour is still being monitored closely by the Stars who don't want to rush him back. The winger had 12 points in 26 NHL games after notching 63 points in 54 games in the AHL. He will likely see most of his action as a bottom six forward but could spend time on the second line as well.
Sep 21 - 11:49 AM

Defenseman John Klingberg has some outstanding offensive skills.

Klingberg is projected to start the season in the AHL after spending an extra year in his native Sweden. The fifth round pick in the 2010 draft looks like a possible steal at this time. The concern about Klingberg is his play in his own end, something he worked on last season. "I think you have to be reliable in your own end," coach Lindy Ruff said. "If you're a really good offensive defenseman, typically there's a little bit of downside on the defensive side. But my job is to make sure he plays well enough in his own end to get him enough ice time, especially in tight games." Klingberg is worth looking at if he makes the Stars or as a waiver wire pickup later in the season.
Sep 21 - 11:45 AM

Stars coach Lindy Ruff is excited about what Ales Hemsky brings to the table.

"His passing," Ruff said. "I think his compete level is good. I think it is his individual skills. You saw yesterday that he had nothing coming on a play from the outside, and on a curl and drag got inside. He turned what should have been a non-scoring chance into a Grade A scoring chance on his own. I think he’s been criticized sometimes for not shooting enough when he is in those situations. He’s a heady player. He can make plays under pressure and I think those are the things that you’ve got to be able to do at this level." Hemsky has been a frustrating player in recent seasons, but if healthy and properly motivated — and in a plum situation in the Stars’ top-six — Hemsky could thrive. Don’t forget about him later in drafts. He could easily score 20 and have 30 assists.
Sep 20 - 9:26 PM

Although the Stars would like Ales Hemsky to skate alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on the team's top line, Hemsky apparently still has great chemistry with Jason Spezza.

That was evident during Friday's scrimmages. The decision as to how to deploy Hemsky and Valeri Nichushkin has still not been made. Both will likely be right wingers on the top two lines. Stay tuned to see how this plays out.
Sep 20 - 1:23 PM

Although newly-signed Anders Lindback is the favorite to start the season as the Stars' backup goalie behind starter Kari Lehtonen, he may get some competition from Jussi Rynnas.

Both have some experience in the NHL and the Stars' coaching staff seems intent to let them duke it out for the position. That said, Lindback signed a one-way $925,000 contract while Rynnas is on a two-year, two-way deal worth $562,500. Contractual advantage goes to Lindback.
Sep 20 - 1:19 PM

Valeri Nichushkin will be off the ice for a few days as he is nursing a groin injury.

The talented sophomore, who is slated to play on one of the Stars' top two lines, is not expected to be out long. We love Nichuskin's potential and he is one of the players we have been touting for a breakout season. A 60-point campaign is certainly within his capabilities.
Sep 20 - 1:13 PM

It isn't clear yet if Rich Peverley will be able to return or if his career is over.

Stars GM Jim Nill was asked if there's a chance that doctors will tell Peverley to stop at any point and he said: "I'm not sure on that. I think we're all moving day to day and trying to see how far he can push it. We'll have patience with Rich and support him and simply go through the process. So much of it is listening to the doctors and allow them to guide the process." Peverley hasn't been cleared to skate, but he has been permitted to work out. To return to the ice he has to see a cardiologist first to be tested and as of now there's no timeline on that, according to Nill.
Sep 18 - 6:24 PM

Restricted free agent Cody Eakin is taking part in workouts in Winnipeg.

He notched 16 goals and 19 assists in 81 game last campaign. However, negotiations could get complicated because now his role on the team has changed with the off-season acquisition of Jason Spezza. Eakin is expected to be bumped to the third line this year. If something isn't worked out quickly then he could be a no-show for the start of training camp.
Sep 18 - 1:05 PM

Brenden Dillon is working out in Vancouver, while he waits for a contract to be worked out with the Dallas Stars.

He's coming off his entry-level deal and played well for the Stars last season. Dillon posted 17 points, 86 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in 80 games. He's also a strong contributor in hits and blocked shots.
Sep 18 - 12:58 PM

Brett Ritchie sustained a broken pinkie at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament and it's expected to keep him on the shelf for two weeks.

There's a chance that he may skate with the Stars at training camp, but his participation in drills will obviously be limited. However, the team is hopeful that he'll be able to take part in preseason games.
Sep 18 - 12:48 PM

Rich Peverley (heart) has not been cleared for skating yet.

The Stars are projected to announce on Thursday what his schedule might be. Peverley's season was ended abruptly in 2013-14 by a cardiac incident when he collapsed on the bench. In the meantime, he is expected to continue to work out off the ice his teammates.
Sep 18 - 12:40 PM

Jason Spezza may occupy the point on the Dallas power play.

He likes to play on the left half wall, which could create a conflict with Tyler Seguin, who generally likes to set up in the left circle for one-timers. The Stars will do some experimenting during training camp and in the preseason, but a decision might be made to move Spezza and some other players to the second unit to give Dallas a pair of good combinations.
Sep 15 - 1:09 PM

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