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Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News believes that Ken Hitchcock's arrival should help John Klingberg.

Heika said: "Hitchcock's system can be frustrating for a creative player like Klingberg, but it can also be comforting. You do what you are supposed to do most of the time and look for the rare opportunity to break out. You create your offense from your defense, but you always think defense first. That can put a defenseman in a confident place." Klingberg accounted for 13 goals and 49 points in 80 games in 2016-17. He may not be encouraged to jump into the attack as often, but the 24-year-old defender's fantasy value probably won't suffer.
Apr 19 - 10:34 AM

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

Coach Ken Hitchcock wants to give Tyler Seguin tougher assignments in 2017-18.

"I've got to get Tyler to start thinking like a '1,'" Hitchcock said. "That means he has to be out there in critical spaces all of the time. He has to kill penalties, he has to play against the other team's top players. He has to be out there at the start of games, he has to be out there at the end of games. That's what a '1' does." Seguin is looking forward to the increase in responsibility. "Since I've come to Dallas, I've wanted to be a No. 1 centerman," he said. "I know he's going to be hard on me, but I want to make this work."
Apr 14 - 10:45 AM

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."
Source: NHL.com
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

It doesn't sound like Valeri Nichushkin will be back in the NHL next season.

"Val has another year left. I've been talking to his agent. I don't know whether there's an out or not," said Dallas GM Jim Nill. "You never know with the Russian federation. Don't know if this Olympic decision is going to come into play there also. We'll be in touch with his representation and just kind of see where that goes from there. Right now he's playing for the national team trying to make the world championships. They're playing some exhibition games." Nichushkin had 11 goals and 24 points in 36 games for CSKA Moskva of the KHL in 2016-17. He also added five points in nine playoff contests.
Apr 11 - 12:26 PM

Lindy Ruff will coach his final game with the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

"I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas," GM Jim Nill said in a statement. "Lindy is not only a highly respected coach, he more importantly is a great person and an outstanding family man whom I have the utmost respect for on and off the ice." Ruff will look to tally one more victory with the Stars, boosting his 165-122-41 record in four seasons at the helm in Dallas.
Apr 9 - 4:15 PM

The Stars re-assigned six players to Texas of the AHL following their final game of the season.

The most notable was defenseman Julius Honka. The others were Jason Dickinson, Remi Elie, Denis Gurianov, Mark McNeill and Gemel Smith.
Source: Stars.com
Apr 9 - 12:00 PM

Tyler Seguin scored a goal and registered an assist in a 4-3 shootout win against Colorado Saturday night.

Seguin also netted the deciding goal in the shootout. Jamie Benn and Devin Shore each scored a goal for Dallas before the skills competition. John Klingberg registered two assists, giving him 49 points in 80 games this season.
Apr 8 - 11:06 PM

Kari Lehtonen saved 21 of 24 shots in regulation time in a 4-3 shootout win against Colorado on Saturday.

Lehtonen made an additional three saves in the shootout. He allowed at least three goals in each of his final three starts of the season, but at least he's ending the season on a winning note.
Apr 8 - 11:05 PM

Stephen Johns and Jamie Oleksiak are projected to be scratched against Colorado on Saturday.

Johns has picked up 10 points with 130 blocks and 159 hits this season through 61 games. Oleksiak has posted seven points plus 51 blocks and 53 hits in 41 games.
Apr 8 - 6:18 PM

Denis Gurianov will make his NHL debut on Saturday against the Avalanche.

Gurianov has 10 goals and 25 points in 54 games for AHL Texas this season. He's slated to skate to the right of Remi Elie and Tyler Seguin on Dallas' second line.
Apr 8 - 6:14 PM

Kari Lehtonen draws the Avalanche on Saturday.

He didn't participate in the morning skate, indicating that he's the likely starter tonight. Lehtonen has a 21-25-7 record with a 2.85 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Apr 8 - 2:30 PM


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