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Jamie Benn had his second hip surgery in a week this past Monday.

He is slated to be skating in August and could be ready for the start of the regular season if he progresses as expected. According to head athletic trainer Dave Zeis, Benn has responded well from the procedures thus far. Benn played through the issue for most of the season and he led the league in scoring with 87 points in 82 games.
May 6 - 12:15 PM

Jamie Benn is one of the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.

Like the Hart Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award goes to the league's MVP. The difference is that the Hart is handled by PHWA while the players themselves vote on the Ted Lindsay Award. The writers and players both agreed on Alex Ovechkin and Carey Price this season, but they differ on Benn. The writers' third nominee was John Tavares instead. Benn won the scoring title with 87 points in 82 contests. Tavares only finished one point behind though and had 38 goals to Benn's 35. Tavares' Islanders also made the playoffs, which many Hart Trophy voters likely took into consideration.
May 5 - 7:06 PM

Jason Spezza scored two goals and registered an assist in Team Canada's 6-1 opening round game against Latvia at the World Hockey Championships.

He is centering a line featuring Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon so his chances of having some success over the next two weeks are fairly high. Other Dallas players are doing well thus far in the IIHF tournament. Jhonas Enroth was the winning goalie in Sweden's 6-5 shootout win over the host club and John Klingberg assisted on the late game-tying goal in that contest.
May 2 - 12:04 PM

Trevor Daley had labrum hip surgery last Thursday.

He is expected to need three to four months, so he should be ready for training camp in the fall. Daley had a career year in 2014-15, with 16 goals and 38 points in 68 games.
Apr 28 - 11:11 AM

Ales Hemsky underwent hip surgery on Monday.

He will need four to five months of recovery time. Hemsky is expected to be ready for training camp.
Apr 28 - 11:08 AM

Jamie Benn has undergone surgery on his ailing hip, but he'll have another procedure in about week.

He is getting some rest before his other hip has surgery and then his four-to-five month recovery will begin. Benn had been suffering through a hip issue for most of the season, but that didn't stop him from winning the Art Ross Trophy, as the league's leading scorer, with 87 points in 82 games.
Apr 28 - 11:06 AM

Mattias Janmark has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.

The Stars got Janmark in March as part of the Erik Cole trade. Janmark had 13 goals and 36 points in 55 Swedish league games in 2014-15. "Mattias has done a tremendous job of excelling in the Swedish Hockey League at a young age," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He will spend the playoffs with Texas and we’re excited to watch how he contributes to that team and develops as a player."
Apr 24 - 12:12 PM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said he liked the way the team's off-season acquisitions improved as the season went on.

"Well, I think you look at Spezza, and you can probably add [free-agent signee] Ales Hemsky, and I think there was a real transition period for them, so things take time no matter what player you add," said Gaglardi. "They came in and they were used to playing a different brand of hockey, and it took time for them to change how they played. I know there weren’t a lot of second-line centers that outpointed Jason Spezza, and there might not have been any in the second half of the season. I just think that he was so much better in the second half, and I think that projects out to next season."
Apr 19 - 9:58 AM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Galardi doesn't believe his team needs to lang a big free-agent this summer.

"I think any team that relies on free agents to fix their problems, that’s a bad place to be," Galardi told the Dallas Morning News. "I think they can definitely help if you find the right one, but you have to build from within, that’s where the strength is going to come from. I think in a perfect world, you’d go golfing on July 1 (the first day of NHL free agency). I’m not sure if we’re in that spot yet, but I can tell you I like our team and where we’re going. As a rule of thumb, you’re going to pay too much or give too much term to get a free agent. I think it’s more likely that we would be more involved in trade talk to tinker with the makeup of our team. But I’m not uncomfortable starting next season with pretty much what we ended this season with."
Apr 19 - 9:55 AM

Valeri Nichushkin was selected to represent Team Russia at the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

He missed most of the season following hip surgery but is a bright young talent the Russians want to see on the ice. Nichushkin makes for a nice sleeper pick in hockey pool drafts next season as he has the potential to register 50-plus points if he can stay healthy.
Apr 18 - 12:04 PM

The Dallas Stars have confirmed that they have signed John Klingberg to a seven-year contract.

Dallas didn't reveal the financial terms of the contract, but an early report said it was worth $29.75 million. "John is a very special player, possessing a creativity and skill level that few in this League can match," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He fits in perfectly with where our core is at age-wise and his impact on our team was felt immediately. We expect him to build off of his rookie season and continue his development towards becoming an elite all-around defenseman." Not all players end up building off of their rookie success, as Nill thinks Klingberg will do. That's part of the reason why inking Klingberg to a seven-year deal at this time is a risk, but it also has the potential to pay off rather nicely for Dallas.
Apr 17 - 12:16 PM

John Klingberg has reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $29.75 million extension with the Dallas Stars.

Klingberg had 11 goals and 40 points in 65 games with the Dallas Stars as a rookie in 2014-15. He obviously has the potential to become a great offensive defenseman and it helps that he should continue to get plenty of power-play ice time on a team that has a great core of skilled forwards. This is still a big gamble for the Stars given that it's all based on just one season of play, but in a couple years we might look back on this contract as a steal.
Apr 17 - 10:28 AM

Jason Spezza will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Spezza is a grizzled veteran on this team with his 25 games of experience playing at the World Hockey Championships. The 31 year-old has 12 goals and 21 points in those tournament games. He is coming off a 17 goal, 62 point effort for the Dallas Stars.
Apr 15 - 1:24 AM

Tyler Seguin will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

This will be the first time Seguin will represent his country at any level of hockey which is a little bit surprising given his extreme talent. Seguin is coming off another great year in the NHL for the Dallas Stars where he matched his career high in goals with 37. His 77 points in 71 games was seventh in the NHL this year.
Apr 15 - 1:03 AM

Dallas GM Jim Nill says that he sees starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen "as part of the solution" towards turning the Stars into champions.

It seems fair to assert that Lehtonen's .903 save percentage and 2.94 GAA over 65 starts was the primary reason why the Stars failed to reach the playoffs this season. However Nill would rather "nail down a strong defender who worries about his own end first," than buy-out or trade the veteran netminder. Lehtonen dings the cap at $5.9M for another three seasons, and turns 32 in November. Nill is certainly correct that his defense needs to be beefed up, but Lehtonen isn't exactly known for his annual goaltending prowess.
Apr 14 - 6:35 PM

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