Player News - Stars

Date: Team: Pos:

John Klingberg is excited to have Ken Hitchcock behind the bench for the Stars.

"I've been talking to him a little bit and I'm really excited for this season to come," Klingberg said. "We have played St. Louis a lot, a division team, a rivalry team, and I told him when he called me this summer that it's great that you're coming because you guys in St. Louis were (very) hard to play against." He expects Hitchcock to provide the team with more structure in the defensive zone. Klingberg also likes the additions that Dallas made in the offseason.
Aug 11 - 7:46 PM

Mattias Janmark is a candidate to play alongside Jason Spezza and Martin Hanzal this season.

Janmark didn't play at all in 2016-17 because of a knee injury. He suffered a bone fracture in September and his recovery was slowed by a congenital condition called osteochondritis dissecans. If Janmark is back at full health then he can contribute at both ends of the ice. He played with Spezza during his rookie year and his two-way style would make him a solid fit with Hanzal.
Aug 9 - 4:22 PM

Miro Heiskanen is OK with the possibility of returning to Finland this season.

"Yes, I think it might be really good to play one more year here [in Liiga], he said. "To have a good season here. There are more games in NHL, that means I can practice here really good [to build up my body]." Dallas took Heiskanen with the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and they already have a crowded group vying for roster spots. It's likely that Heiskanen will get more time in develop before coming over to North America.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 9 - 1:20 PM

Dallas expects 2016 first-round pick Riley Tufte to make great strides in 2017-18.

"What really excited us is the last half of the season is he really took off," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "He was a dominant force in the (NCAA) playoffs. We are looking for great things from him this season back in Duluth." Tufte finished with just 16 points in 37 games during his freshmen season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He suffered a broken wrist before the campaign began and got off to a slow start, but racked up 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his final 23 contests. The 19-year-old feels much more comfortable going into the 2017-18 season and he could represent the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Aug 6 - 11:53 AM

Stephen Johns may have the inside track on Dallas' sixth defense spot going into training camp.

Johns was protected in the expansion draft after he led the Stars in hits (159) and blocked shots (130) over 61 games last season. He will face plenty of competition at training camp for the sixth and seventh spots on the team. Johns will have to stay ahead of Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth and Greg Pateryn to earn an active position.
Aug 6 - 11:09 AM

Jamie Oleksiak has signed a one-year, $964,688 contract with the Dallas Stars.

The Stars will have a crowded defense corps going into training camp with nine blueliners vying for NHL spots. Oleksiak tallied five goals and seven points in 41 games for Dallas in 2016-17.
Aug 4 - 3:10 PM

Jason Spezza may not return to center this campaign after all.

It seems as though Martin Hanzal will play in the middle and Spezza will be on the wing going into the season. Both players prefer to play center, but Spezza is the one with experience as a right winger. It's not the ideal position for him, though. The arrivals of Hanzal and Alexander Radulov could also cut into his power-play time. If that ends up being the case then Spezza's ability to return to the 60-point plateau could be hindered.
Aug 1 - 5:40 PM

Jamie Oleksiak is still a restricted free agent looking for a new contract.

He chose not to file for salary arbitration. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News believes that Oleksiak's agent should consider asking for a trade before a contract is signed. If the defenseman wants to stay with the Stars then something may be worked out closer to training camp.
Aug 1 - 5:16 PM

The Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The NHL and the Stars made the announcement on Saturday. The event will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center. "It will be the first time this city has hosted this signature event and we believe it's a fitting way to help celebrate the 25th anniversary season of the Dallas Stars franchise," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "The Stars organization has led the way in turning a non-traditional hockey market into a hockey market. Your involvement in promoting and supporting youth hockey in the greater dallas area, comes from rink initiatives and sponsoring youth hockey teams. It's not only inspiring, but it's a model that all NHL clubs in non-traditional markets aspire to."
Jul 30 - 10:07 AM

Marc Methot is projected to be paired with John Klingberg this campaign.

He played well as the defense partner of Erik Karlsson with the Senators, so it makes sense to have him play with Klingberg. "They're both fantastic defensemen," Methot said. "I think with guys like that, you just have to give them the puck when you can, support them when you can, and being able to skate is huge, too, and I think I can do that." It is also hoped that Methot will help the Stars on the penalty kill.
Jul 24 - 12:40 PM

The Dallas Stars will get Valeri Nichushkin back in 2018-19.

Nichushkin has a season left on his contract with CSKA Moscow, but his intention is to return to North America once it's over. "I talked to Val, he had a commitment and he knew that going in," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "He talked to the team, and he knew he had to go back one more year. I had a good talk with him and told him you're going to playing in all the national team tournaments and get a chance to make the Olympics. Take advantage of it. It's a great year of development for him. He's excited about that. And then he comes back the following year." Nichushkin had 11 goals and 24 points in 36 KHL contests last season. He's got a lot of upside so he'll be worth keeping a close eye on once he's back in the NHL.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 2:26 PM

R.J. Umberger has accepted a professional tryout offer for the Dallas Stars' training camp.

It would be quite the story if Umberger revived his NHL career given that he didn't play at all in 2016-17. He would be reunited with head coach Ken Hitchcock, who oversaw the Columbus Blue Jackets back when Umberger was in his prime and capable of scoring over 20 goals in a season.
Jul 15 - 2:46 PM

Gemel Smith has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars.

Smith had three goals and six points in 17 games with Dallas last season. He also recorded 12 goals and 33 points in 53 contests at the AHL level.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 11 - 9:30 PM

Radek Faksa has signed a three-year, $6.6 million contract extension with the Dallas Stars.

Faksa was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He took a big step forward in 2016-17 with 12 goals and 33 points in 80 games. He'll likely begin the campaign as Dallas' third-line center.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 10 - 3:46 PM

Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't believe that Miro Heiskanen will play in the AHL next season.

Heiskanen might end up making the Dallas Stars' opening game roster, but as recently noted that seems like a long shot. If he doesn't make the team then he will probably spend one more season playing in Finland. He had five goals and 10 points in 37 Finnish league games with HIFK Helsinki last season.
Jul 9 - 9:03 PM


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