Player News - Stars

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Kris Russell may be a target of the Edmonton Oilers in free agency.

Edmonton is looking for defensemen and they have expressed a strong interest in Milan Lucic. Russell spent the 2015-16 season with Calgary and Dallas. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 28 - 3:43 PM

Jason Demers is scheduled to visit Edmonton on Tuesday.

The Oilers will try to sell the pending unrestricted free agent defender on the market and the team. Demers is attracting plenty of interest from other clubs too, according to his agent. "Since Saturday [the opening of the UFA speaking window], we've had contact from teams, we've got action," said Demers' agent, Bob Sauve. "He should be in decent demand with [Alex] Goligoski and [Keith] Yandle signing. Jason is a young, right-handed defenseman, and there's good demand for that."
Jun 28 - 3:33 PM

Valeri Nichushkin has received a qualifying offer from the Dallas Stars.

It wouldn't be surprising if he got a "show-me" contract. Nichushkin recorded just nine goals and 29 points in 79 games last season and he still has a great deal to prove at the NHL level. Dallas also retained the negotiation rights to Jamie Oleksiak, Matej Stransky and Maxime Lagace with qualifying offers.
Jun 27 - 1:17 PM

Troy Vance didn't get a qualifying offer from the Dallas Stars, so he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Vance played on loan with Assat in Finland's top league last season, where he posted 19 points in 59 games. He was a fifth-round pick of the Stars back in 2011. Dallas also didn't retain the rights to centers Emil Molin, who is slated to play for MODO Hockey, and Taylor Peters, who appeared in just 29 ECHL games last year.
Jun 27 - 1:09 PM

The Stars feel comfortable going into the season with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi as their goaltenders, according to GM Jim Nill.

The Dallas netminders shared time in the crease in 2015-16 and neither of them particularly shined even though they both posted 25-win seasons. The Stars should be looking for an upgrade in goal even if Nill won't admit it publicly.
Jun 25 - 4:50 PM

Dallas GM Jim Nill intends to sign Jamie Benn to an extension after July 1.

"Jamie's not going anywhere," he said. "We'll get something done." Benn has one more season left on a five-year, $26.25 million deal and he will get a significant pay bump. The Stars captain has topped 85 points in each of his last two seasons and he tallied 41 goals in 2015-16.
Jun 25 - 4:19 PM

Los Angeles has traded Nick Ebert to Dallas in exchange for goaltender Jack Campbell.

Ebert has played in the AHL for the last two seasons. He contributed two goals and 12 points in 44 games with the Ontario Reign in 2015-16. Ebert was a seventh-round draft pick of the Kings in 2012.
Jun 25 - 11:37 AM

The Dallas Stars have taken Riley Tufte with the 25th selection of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Tufte is big boy at 6’5" and 205 pounds, and a talented one as well, noted for his ability to control the flow of play and make the right decision. However after scoring 47 goals and 78 points as a senior in high school, Tufte posted just 10 goals and 14 points in 27 games for Fargo (USHL), which is well below what is expected of a high-end prospect. What’s worse are his defensive lapses and lack of bravery when competing against stronger foes. Be that as it may, the 18-year-old will head off to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he’ll have plenty of opportunity to refine his game and give the Stars a few years to monitor his progress.
Jun 24 - 10:19 PM

Jordie Benn's new three-year contract is worth $3.3 million.

Benn's new $1.1 million cap hit is an increase from the $700K he was earning annually as part of his old deal. He had three goals and 12 points in 64 games in 2015-16. The 28-year-old (he'll turn 29 on July 26) is likely to produce similar results next season.
Jun 24 - 2:20 PM

Jordie Benn has inked a three-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars.

The Stars didn't release the financial terms of the deal, but his old contract was a three-year, $2.1 million deal and while this new agreement might be more lucrative, we don't imagine it's significantly more. Benn had three goals and 12 points in 64 contests in 2015-16 while averaging 15:39 minutes per contest.
Jun 24 - 12:07 PM

The trade of Alex Goligoski to Arizona will give the Stars the chance to inject some youth on their blueline.

Look for Esa Lindell, who is a star in the making after a strong AHL season, to make his mark in 2016-17. Others who may be given opportunities to grab a roster spot and play alongside rearguard anchors John Klingberg and Johnny Oduya are: Stephen Johns, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak. It will certainly be a season of chance on the Dallas blueline.
Jun 18 - 10:31 AM

Mike Modano admitted that he wore the number nine throughout his career because of Gordie Howe.

"I always wore number 9 because of Gordie Howe," Modano wrote in The Players' Tribune. "Ever since I started playing junior hockey up in Saskatchewan with the Prince Albert Raiders, it had to be number 9. Gordie is such an icon that you don't need to watch YouTube to get an understanding of what he means to the game of hockey. His legend has been passed down by word of mouth, from junior hockey buses to NHL locker rooms."
Jun 12 - 11:16 AM

Brett Ritchie's new contract is a one-way deal.

He is set to earn $875,000 in 2016-17, so he should get a long look at training camp for a roster spot on Dallas. Ritchie has played 39 NHL games over the last two seasons and he has contributed 10 points.
Jun 10 - 2:41 PM

Brett Ritchie has signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars.

He spent most of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors with Texas, where he had 14 goals and 28 points in 35 games. He also posted one assist in eight appearances with Dallas.
Jun 10 - 2:07 PM

Mattias Backman has inked a one-year contract with Dallas.

He posted eight goals and 32 points in 69 games with AHL Texas in 2015-16. Backman was acquired from Detroit along with Mattias Janmark and a second-round pick in 2015 for Erik Cole and a third rounder in 2015.
Jun 9 - 5:28 PM


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