Player News - Stars

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The Dallas Stars spent July 1 focused on re-signing their own players.

Patrick Eaves and Curtis McKenzie both agreed to relatively inexperience extensions with the Stars while other squads were handing out big contracts. "We like what we have and we want to keep moving in that direction," said GM Jim Nill. "We're still open to trades or making changes, but we also want to make sure we stay consistent and build from within." It wouldn't be surprising if the Stars' big addition this summer proves to be Antti Niemi. The team does have cap space left, but it will have some big free agents to deal with over the next couple of years, including Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn.
Jul 2 - 10:20 AM

The Dallas Stars have re-signed Curtis McKenzie to a two-year contract.

No terms have been announced. The Dallas Stars and Curtis McKenzie are working towards a new contract.The 24-year-old got his first taste of NHL action this season. He posted four goals and five points in 36 games with Dallas, and six goals and 21 points in 31 games with Texas of the AHL.
Jul 1 - 2:18 PM

Patrick Eaves has inked a one-year, $1.15 million extension.

Eaves completed a one-year, $650,000 deal and was on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent. He had 14 goals and 27 points in 47 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 11:08 AM

Don't be surprised if the Dallas Stars are quiet on July 1.

"I don’t see July 1st being a big day for us," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "We're going to be there and see where the market goes, but from analyzing things and looking at it, I don’t think there’s something there that will be fit for us to start with. Maybe later on we’ll see what happens." Nill has already made a big splash by acquiring the negotiating rights to Antti Niemi and then signing the veteran goaltender.
Jul 1 - 9:03 AM

Antti Niemi has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars worth an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Niemi was acquired from the Sharks for a seventh-round draft pick. He posted a 31-23-7 record to go with a .914 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average in 61 games with San Jose last season. He is slated to share the crease with Kari Lehtonen in 2015-16.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 29 - 2:27 PM

The Stars seem to be keen on signing newly-acquired UFA Antti Niemi to a contract for at least next season, if not beyond.

The Dallas braintrust are leaning towards having Niemi face off against incumbent starter Kari Lehtonen, who earns $5.9 million per season, for playing time. GM Jim Nill doesn't mind spending $10 million on his goalies because he believes the NHL is a two-goalie league now. "Kari's still an elite goalie. I really think it's becoming a two-goalie league now," Nill said. "Kari's the first one to admit he had a tough year last year. He's going to bounce back. He's been working on changing his conditioning over the summer, and competition’s healthy." It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but if Niemi signs with Dallas, both his and Lehtonen's fantasy values will take a hit.
Jun 27 - 2:50 PM

The San Jose Sharks sent Antti Niemi's negotiating rights to the Dallas Stars for pick 193.

San Jose gets something for a player who apparently was going to walk as a UFA. It's an interesting scenario for a Stars team that is in flux in net. As we've seen before, grabbing rights doesn't guarantee that Niemi will sign with Dallas.
Jun 27 - 10:33 AM

The Dallas Stars surprised everyone by taking 47th-ranked Denis Gurianov with the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft.

Gurianov is the prototypical Russian winger. He has great size, speed and skill and he has produced solid offensive numbers throughout his young career. The 6’2, 192 pounder had one assist in eight games with Lada Togliatti in the KHL, but had a fantastic season with the club’s junior team in the MHL where he posted 15 goals and 25 points in 23 games. The risk with Gurianov doesn’t necessarily appear on the ice. Like any Russian who’s attached to a KHL team, there’s always a risk that the player’s arrival in North America may be delayed or worse, he may never show up. If Gurianov is willing to come to North America, he has the potential to be the steal of the 2015 Entry Draft. The Stars better hope so as they took a huge chance picking him at number 12.
Jun 26 - 8:31 PM

John Klingberg was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team for the 2014-15 season.

Klingberg was originally selected 131st overall by Dallas in 2010, but led all rookie defenders with 29 assists and 40 points in just 65 games last season. Klingberg also became the first rookie defender in franchise history to record a four-point game on Jan. 31st versus Winnipeg. The 22 year old also ranked third among rookie defenders in average ice time with 21:50.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 10:33 PM

Jamie Benn officially took home the Art Ross Trophy on Wednesday night.

The award is for the player who scores the most points during the regular season, which Benn was able to capture with a magical four-point night to overtake both Sidney Crosby and John Tavares on the season's final night. Benn had a career season, setting new highs in goals (35), assists (52), and points (87). He also became the first Stars player to capture the award in franchise history.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 9:37 PM

The San Jose Sharks have not closed the door on bringing back Antti Niemi for the 2015-16 season.

It was thought that Alex Stalock would take over the reins in San Jose but GM Doug Wilson says that the two sides have talked and the netminder still has a chance to return. He was 31-23-7 last season with a 2.59 GAA and a .914 save percentage and will be looking to start somewhere if the Sharks and his agent are unable to agree to a deal.
Jun 20 - 8:26 AM

The Dallas Stars have decided not to make Ludwig Karlsson a qualifying offer.

That means that Karlsson will now become an unrestricted free-agent and will be able to sign with any team. The 24-year-old was acquired from Ottawa in the trade that also saw Jason Spezza go to Dallas. Karlsson spent most of the season in the ECHL, where he scored 16 goals and 30 points in 58 games.
Jun 19 - 11:21 PM

The Dallas Stars and Curtis McKenzie are working towards a new contract.

The 24-year-old got his first taste of NHL action this season. He posted four goals and five points in 36 games with Dallas, and six goals and 21 points in 31 games with Texas of the AHL. The Stars have also made an offer to defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and each party is in a simple negotiation according to Stars GM Jim Nill. "We’ve talked to both, made contract offers and it’s just negotiations," Nill said of Oleksiak and McKenzie. "It’s pretty straight forward. We’ll make qualifying offers and go from there."
Jun 19 - 11:17 PM

The Dallas Stars are still trying to lock up defenseman Jamie Oleksiak.

Oleksiak was the Stars first round pick (14th overall) in 2011. The 22-year-old amassed a goal and eight points in 36 games this season. The 6'7, 250 pounder hasn't found a permanent home in the NHL yet, but he should have no problem doing so in the near future. His offensive upside may be limited, but he has the opportunity to develop into a very effective blueliner.
Jun 19 - 11:13 PM

The Dallas Stars have made a contract offer to forward Patrick Eaves.

Eaves is scheduled to become a free-agent on July 1st and the Stars obviously want to try and retain his services. The 31-year-old had 14 goals (including six on the power play) and 27 points in 47 games. Eaves missed a good chunk of the season with foot and ankle injuries, as well as a concussion.
Jun 19 - 11:01 PM


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