Player News - Stars

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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

Tyler Seguin is excited by the off-season changes the Stars have made and he can't wait for October to come to get the year started.

"I think everyone's ready to go. I've been talking, even seeing the guys so much this summer, it's surprising for an off-season," he said. "In Boston, I didn't see my teammates that often, I guess, everyone kind of does their own thing. But this summer, with the Stars, it seems like we're always together every other week, but everyone's excited and ready for training camp to start." Seguin was in disbelief that the Stars acquired Jason Spezza at first. "When I actually saw the Spezza trade, or heard about it, I didn't believe it at first. I had to go online, social media these days, and see if it was confirmed." Spezza will play behind on Dallas' second line, which should give the team a balanced attack that was lacking in 2013-14.
Aug 12 - 1:23 PM

Forward Valeri Nichushkin is a popular choice among hockey people to have a breakout season in 2014-15.

The 10th overall selection in the 2013 draft played the entire year in the NHL as an 18-year-old, amassing 34 points in 79 contests, but also showing immense promise along the way. Television analyst Mike Johnston described Nichushkin's prospects for the coming year and gave a glowing review, saying "His ceiling is higher than that of most young players in the league, and as he continues to grow into his six-foot-four frame, he’ll become more and more dangerous." If anyone in your league has soured on the youngster after a perceived disappointing rookie season, let that be your opportunity to pounce.
Aug 10 - 5:18 PM

John Klingberg is projected to get some AHL time this season.

He had 11 goals and 28 points in 50 games with Frolunda of the SHL last year. He also picked up one assist in three minor-league contests with Texas. Klingberg is coming off hip surgery and he's expected to be ready for training camp in the fall. He's viewed as a "wildcard" by Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News and could play his way onto the roster. He's a rare right-handed blueliner, can quarterback the power play and the Stars were impressed by him a year ago. He may be more likely to start in the minors and to get called up to the NHL at some point during the year.
Aug 7 - 4:18 PM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff admits he didn't know a lot about Jamie Benn going into his first season behind the Stars bench.

However, by the end of the year he had a much better idea of what Benn brings to the table and how special a player he is. "But from Day 1, I've just been impressed with the whole package. It's the whole package," Ruff said. "It's his compete, it's his will to win. I think he showed on the Olympic stage, kept moving up, kept moving up, and did a hell of a job there. He's done the same thing here. He started out as this quiet captain, and you don't become this great captain where, I put a C on you and you and, 'Oh, I'm the captain now.' That evolves, that's a process." Ruff cited Benn's climb up Team Canada and his willingness to engage physically as other examples of his character and fearlessness. Benn tied for eighth in NHL scoring last season with 79 points in 81 games.
Aug 7 - 11:08 AM

Dallas believes Travis Morin will get plenty of chances to play in the NHL in 2014-15 as a minor-league call up.

He was passed over for promotions a year ago, while excelling in the minors. He was named the MVP of the playoffs and the regular season last season in the AHL. Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller have left the organization, so the Stars might be more inclined to bring up Morin than one of the younger guys in the minors. Brett Ritchie, Radek Faksa, Curtis McKenzie and Scott Glennie will be considerations for Dallas as well.
Aug 5 - 1:27 PM


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