Player News - Stars

Date: Team: Pos:

Shawn Horcoff appears to be penciled in to play left wing on the fourth line this season.

If the Stars want to shake up their lines at some point then he could end up skating with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Horcoff played with Hemsky in Edmonton, but a move to the second line would be a significant jump after averaged just 12:51 of ice time last season. He recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 77 games. Horcoff ended the year well with a team-leading six points in the playoffs. However, it's unlikely he'll chip in much offensively in 2014-15 while serving as a decent depth forward for the Stars.
Sep 1 - 4:12 PM

Brenden Dillon is a restricted free agent for the Dallas Stars as training camp draws near.

He skated in 80 games with the Stars last year, while compiling 17 points, 86 penalty minutes, 168 hits and 149 blocks. Dillon completed his entry-level contract, so a bridge deal could be in his future.
Aug 29 - 2:31 PM

Cody Eakin still needs a contract from the Dallas Stars.

He's a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal, so a two-year, bridge contract is a very good possibility. Negotiations will probably ramp up as training camp draws closer. Eakin lost some bargaining power when the Stars acquired Jason Spezza in the off-season because now he's projected to center the third line instead of the second unit.
Aug 29 - 2:10 PM

In his first extensive interview since being shipped out of Ottawa, former Senator Jason Spezza says the pressure of the team's captaincy had no effect on his decision to ask for a trade.

"I think it's bogus," Spezza said regarding those rumors. "To me, I think if anything, having the 'C' made me think even harder about wanting to stay, because I didn't want to seem like I was running away from being a captain," he told TSN 1200 on Friday. When asked about his thoughts on the next captain in Ottawa, Chris Phillips and Erik Karlsson came to mind. "(Phillips is) one of the most mature people I've been around I think in my career, and just somebody you can always lean on," Spezza said. "A guy like Erik Karlsson, the confidence he gives and the confidence he portrays is obviously something that shows on the ice and can be a positive for the team."
Source: TSN 1200
Aug 24 - 8:12 PM

Seasoning in the AHL for five seasons, Colton Sceviour finally got real a chance to play in the NHL last season and will be given the opportunity this season to prove he belongs with Dallas.

Sceviour is a hard-working, gritty two-way player who could catch on in either a scoring or depth role. HIs defensive adeptness hints that his default position will be in the bottom six, but the 25 year-old developed an impressive scoring touch in the AHL which saw him notch 63 points in 54 games before his NHL call-up. The Alberta native might get a chance to play with Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza, but with Ales Hemsky and Valeri Nichushkin also vying for those spots, Sceviour will have to elevate his offensive game from the 12 points he managed in 26 games last season.
Aug 24 - 1:51 PM

Erik Cole is a candidate to play on the second line this season.

That could put him on the same unit as Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin. However, his lack of playing time during the postseason suggests that he could be relegated to a lesser role this year. Cole was also viewed as a potential top-line winger going into 2013-14, but that didn't work out. Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour Antoine Roussel, or Ryan Garbutt are possibilities for the second line this coming season as well. It will be an interesting competition to watch at training camp.
Aug 20 - 3:59 PM

Valeri Nichushkin may start the 2014-15 campaign with Jason Spezza.

The Stars were apparently interested in Ales Hemsky before they acquired Spezza for the purpose of playing him with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. That combination will probably start training camp together. Nichushkin had some success with Benn and Seguin during his rookie season, but playing with Spezza is a great consolation prize.
Aug 20 - 3:45 PM

Tyler Seguin has been working over the summer to improve his performance in the faceoff circle.

"The scouting for me this summer has been watching faceoffs around the league from other centermen," he said. "Learning a bit more about the position. It was my first year and it's a lot harder than you think, switching positions in the NHL." Seguin did scouting on teammate Jamie Benn heading into last season and those sessions appeared as though paid off. He'll also have Jason Spezza to learn from in 2014-15. Seguin won just 41.5 percent of his draws last year.
Aug 20 - 3:27 PM

Dallas GM Jim Nill likes the team's chances of re-signing Jason Spezza.

"I think it's going to happen. I've talked to his agent," said Nill. "We want Jason and his family to move in here. I think once we get him in here, get training camp rolling, I'll sit down with his agent some more. When we made the trade the vision was he's going to be a Star for a long time. It wasn't just a six-month stop." Spezza is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season. He'll earn $4 million this year on a deal that carries an annual average value of $7 million.
Aug 19 - 1:10 PM

Jack Campbell will look to build on his solid AHL campaign last season where he went 12-2-2 with a 1.49 goals against average and .942 save percentage in an injury-shortened year.

Dubbed the Stars' goalie of the future and excelling in the spotlight of the World Juniors over the past few seasons, Campbell then hit a rough patch. Posting less than stellar numbers in his final OHL season in 2011-12 and his rookie AHL season the next year, the 22 year-old rebounded with two more promising seasons for Texas and seems poised to really break out in 2014-15.
Aug 16 - 4:56 PM

Antoine Roussel might have a chance to be a relevant fantasy player in more than just the penalty minutes department for the upcoming season.

With 294 penalty minutes in 120 NHL games, the 24 year old Frenchman is a lock to pile on the PIMs. But Roussel also has a chance this season to play his way onto the Stars' second line, giving him the opportunity to line up with Jason Spezza. Roussel has never been a consistent scorer, and faces plenty of competition to claim a top-six role, but considering the upside of playing on Spezza's wing, the power forward is a potential fantasy sleeper. We will keep an eye on who Spezza plays with during training camp.
Aug 16 - 3:18 PM

Coming off the toughest season of his career, Ray Whitney's status for next season is still in limbo as the 42 year-old has not revealed plans to sign a new contract nor declared his intention to retire.

Whitney has compiled a fantastic NHL career with 1064 points in 1330 NHL games, including a Stanley Cup and three All Star selections. But after seeing his ice time severely reduced with the Stars last year and managing just 32 points in 69 games, his services have not been in high demand. Whitney could be an asset to a team needing some depth scoring and a veteran presence, after all he notched 108 points in 114 games in the two seasons preceding last year.
Aug 16 - 11:54 AM

Brett Ritchie will try to crack Dallas' roster at training camp.

It's believed that he could push for a spot on the second line alongside Jason Spezza. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 68 games during his first year with the Texas Stars of the AHL in 2013-14. Ritchie added seven markers and four assists in 13 playoff contests. The 21-year-old forward doesn't have any NHL experience yet.
Aug 14 - 1:43 PM

The Stars would like to start Ales Hemsky with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Most of the speculation after his signing was that he would be reunited with Jason Spezza after the two of them were successful during their brief time in Ottawa together. However, Dallas wants to try him out on the top line first. Either way, Hemsky will benefit in the end. Playing with Seguin or Spezza makes him worthy of a spot on your roster for the upcoming season.
Aug 14 - 1:17 PM

Alex Goligoski may be the Stars' de facto number one defenseman, but he played well for the team last season.

He was good alongside Trevor Daley after he was moved off a pairing with Sergei Gonchar. Goligoski led the team in average ice time per game (24:18) and he finished third on the team with 42 points in 81 contests. One area where Dallas and fantasy owners will be looking for improvement from their top blueliner is on the power play. Goligoski produced 15 points on the man advantage despite seeing significant ice time. The arrival of Jason Spezza this season could help that total.
Aug 13 - 3:52 PM


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