Player News - Stars

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Mike Heika thinks an eight-year, $80 million extension is in the range of what Jamie Benn will get.

That would mirror Anze Kopitar's current contract. While Benn still has a season left on his current five year, $26.25 million deal, he will be eligible to sign an extension this summer. After finishing with at least 34 goals and 79 points in each of his last three seasons, he's fully expected to get a massive payday.
May 20 - 8:35 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

Chris Martenet has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.

He accounted for 12 points and 85 penalty minutes for the OHL's London Knights during the 2015-16 campaign. Martenet also had a plus-44 rating. He was a fourth-round pick of the Stars in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 18 - 3:37 PM

Esa Lindell is expected to start the 2016-17 campaign with the Dallas Stars.

There could be plenty of room on the roster as defensemen Alex Goligoski, Kris Russell, Jason Demers and Jordie Benn are all eligible for unrestricted free agency. Some of them could still be retained, but Lindell is viewed as a lock to be in the NHL. He will represent Finland at the World Cup of Hockey before the 2016-17 season.
May 16 - 5:37 PM

John Klingberg is hoping to be part of Sweden's World Cup of Hockey team.

He's in the mix for a spot and could start as the seventh defenseman. Each team's full 23-man roster has to be finalized by June 1. Klingberg wasn't named to a preliminary group on the back end that includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall and Anton Stralman.
May 16 - 11:01 AM

Tyler Seguin said the end of the season was the "toughest time" of his career.

Seguin missed the final 10 games of the regular season because of a cut on his Achilles and then missed the last 11 games of the playoffs because of strained left calf. He called it a "fluke" injury after a "weird step." "Probably the toughest time of my career I would say, being away from the rink," Seguin said. "Just two months of trying to find a fine line between supporting the guys and also not being a distraction and making sure they can do their jobs." He had 33 goals and 73 points during the regular season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 10:09 PM

Jason Demers could be re-signed by Dallas at the right price, according to Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News.

Cowlishaw thinks the Stars could keep the pending unrestricted free agent, but there's a chance that Demers could walk with Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak and Esa Lindell champing at the bit for increased roles.
May 14 - 5:14 PM

Tyler Seguin was close to returning to the lineup from a calf injury.

"Personally, I was hoping for maybe a Game 2, Game 3 next round," he said. "So I was close, but I wasn't close enough yet." The Stars were eliminated in Game 7 by the St. Louis Blues, so Seguin will look to recover over the summer and be ready to play in the World Cup of Hockey.
May 14 - 11:56 AM

Jamie Benn has one year left on his contract and he would like to get an extension done over the summer.

"Going into the last year of your contract, you don't want it to be a distraction for your team," said Benn, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season. "I'll let Jim (Nill) and my agent try to figure that out." He added that Dallas is where he wants to be. Nill intends to speak with Benn and his agent, Rich Evans, soon. Benn earned a nomination for the Hart Trophy last week and could get something similar to Anze Kopitar's eight-year, $80 million deal.
May 14 - 11:31 AM

Radek Faksa will play for the Czech Republic at the World Championship.

He left for Russia on Friday after the Stars were eliminated from the playoffs. Faksa became a reliable player for Dallas down the stretch and fit in nicely on the team's third line. He also contributed three goals and five points in 13 playoff games.
May 14 - 11:17 AM

Antoine Roussel played through an abdomen strain in the series against the Blues.

Well that couldn't have been too comfortable. Hockey players are as tough as they come. Roussel will be fully healed for the opening of training camp in September.
May 14 - 10:51 AM

The injury to Travis Moen's wrist was actually a break.

He broke his wrist late in the team's first-round series against the Wild. Moen is now wearing a cast. He should be fine for next season, though.
May 14 - 10:49 AM

Patrick Sharp sustained a separated shoulder during the playoffs.

He played through the injury and registered six points in 10 post-season games. Sharp will have plenty of time to recover now that the Stars have been eliminated from the playoffs.
May 14 - 10:46 AM

Tyler Seguin's lower-body injury was related to his calf.

Seguin only ended up participating in one playoff game and that was on April 16. The Stars were hoping that he would be available for the Western Conference Final though, had they made it that far. That suggests that this injury shouldn't be a factor for him over the summer or in 2016-17.
May 13 - 2:36 PM

Jordie Benn appeared in just one game for the Stars during the playoffs and could be permitted to walk as an unrestricted free agent.

He was surpassed by Stephen Johns on the depth chart and the Stars could give larger roles to Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak next season. Esa Lindell may be a candidate for an increased as well. Those defenders will give the Stars plenty of think about this off-season along with pending UFAs Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers and Kris Russell.


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