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Jordie Benn probably won't be guaranteed a top-six defense spot on Dallas going into 2016-17.

The Stars want to play younger players like Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell and Patrik Nemeth. The other three spots belong to John Klingberg, Johnny Oduya and Dan Hamhuis. Benn could be an insurance defender going into the year if he can't beat out Nemeth for the last spot.
Jul 30 - 5:49 PM

Jamie Benn hopes to be recovered from his core muscle surgery in time to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

He intends to ramp up his rehab efforts this coming week and perhaps return to the ice. Benn feels like he is progressing nicely, but he won't rush anything before he is ready.
Jul 30 - 4:46 PM

Ales Hemsky is looking forward to the World Cup of Hockey.

"It's nice. For European guys it is always special when you can play for your home country," Hemsky said. "That's how we grew up. That's why we go for the World Championship and any tournament we have a chance to go; we are proud to represent, and it's huge in the home country." He was added to the team in late May along with Dallas teammate Radek Faksa.
Jul 30 - 2:38 PM

Kris Russell is reportedly seeking a contract worth above $4 million per season.

The unrestricted free agent defender finished second in the NHL with 210 blocked shots in 2015-16. He also contributed 19 points and 70 shots during his time between Calgary and Dallas. Russell averaged 24:02 of ice time per contest as a member of the Stars.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 29 - 9:05 AM

John Klingberg may get to take more chances in 2016-17.

The Stars back end has Dan Hamhuis, Johnny Oduya, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, Patrik Nemeth, Jordie Benn and Jamie Oleksiak who are unlikely to jump into the rush or move the puck as well as Klingberg can. The soon-to-be 24-year-old blueliner has already amassed 98 points in 141 NHL outings and he should be among the league's top-scoring defenseman again in 2016-17.
Jul 28 - 8:47 PM

Matej Stransky has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Dallas Stars.

Stransky had 23 goals and 39 points in 74 AHL games in 2015-16. He can earn $575,000 at the NHL level next season or $75,000 in the minors.
Jul 18 - 4:24 PM

The Dallas Stars don't think Valeri Nichushkin will opt to play in Russia.

Nichushkin is a restricted free agent and would attract interest from KHL clubs if he was thinking of going that route. Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't see that happening though. "Val's over here training and I don't think there's that issue," Nill said. "Val wants to be in the NHL and he wants to have a good year this year, so I don't think that's possible."
Jul 18 - 1:41 PM

The Dallas Stars aren't concerned about the fact that Jamie Benn has undergone surgery in each of the last two summers.

Benn recently had an operation for a core muscle surgery and not long after that was reported, Dallas and Benn agreed to an eight-year, $76 million extension. "He was just doing some offseason training on his own, and just felt a little tinge of something, so we got him checked over, they brought him in. It's a surgery, but it's nothing major," Stars GM Jim Nill explained with regards to Benn's surgery. Nill described Benn's probably as kind of like a stomach pull rather than any kind of tear. Benn might still play in the World Cup, but no final decision has been made.
Jul 18 - 1:37 PM

Jamie Benn has signed an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Dallas Stars.

That gives Benn a $9.5 million annual cap hit. Benn still has a season left on his five-year, $26.25 million deal, so this new contract will run through 2024-25. In other words, this sets him up to play with Dallas until just before his 36th birthday. His cap hit will be on par with Evgeni Malkin's, above Sidney Crosby ($8.7 million) and Corey Perry ($8.625 million), but still below Anze Kopitar ($10 million), Patrick Kane ($10.5 million), and Jonathan Toews ($10.5 million). It's also less than Steven Stamkos recently took (eight-year, $68 million). At the end of the day, Benn is a top-tier player and thus is worthy of this contract. There's an argument to be made that the more he was willing to leave on the table, the more likely Dallas was to win the Stanley Cup. As it is, this contract is substantial, but it's not jarring. The Stars should still be able to maintain a strong core that also includes Tyler Seguin (who isn't eligible to be an UFA until 2019).
Jul 15 - 8:39 PM

Jamie Benn had a core muscle injury that led to surgery.

Benn had the operation on Thursday and is expected to need six weeks to recover. So as long as there are no setbacks, he should be fine for the start of the regular season.
Jul 15 - 3:57 PM

Jamie Oleksiak's recently signed one-way contract is a one-way deal.

Oleksiak will consequently receive $918,750 for his efforts in 2016-17 regardless of whether he plays with Dallas or in the AHL. He had two assists in 19 contests with Dallas last season.
Jul 13 - 10:38 PM

The Dallas Stars have inked Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract.

Oleksiak had two assists in 19 games with Dallas in 2015-16. He also had two assists in eight AHL contests. "Jamie brings size and a physical element to our backend," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "We're expecting him to have a solid summer of training and development and look forward to him competing for a regular spot in our lineup."
Jul 13 - 6:08 PM

Devin Shore is looking to bounce back after a shoulder injury cost him roughly half of the 2015-16 campaign.

"I really just want to make the best of a bad situation," said Shore. "I think you can look at it and try to take the positives out of it and push yourself to be even better." Shore is participating in the Stars' development camp and will be in the running for a roster spot once the team's training camp begins. He had 15 goals and 26 points in 23 AHL contests. He also participated in three games with Dallas, but didn't record a point over that span.
Jul 10 - 9:04 AM

The Boston Bruins reportedly have some interest in Kris Russell.

The Bruins are looking for defensive help and their options on the free agent market are thinning out. Alternatively, Boston might attempt to upgrade their defense via a trade. Russell has already reportedly declined an offer from Toronto worth roughly $17 million over four years.
Jul 4 - 4:30 AM

Kris Russell's agent, Allain Roy, set the record straight by tweeting that his client never turned down an offer from the Maple Leafs.

Several media outlets reported that Russell had signed with the Leafs on July 1st. Other reports had him turning down an offer from Toronto. "Reports of Kris Russell turning down any offer from the Maple Leafs are false. Simply rumors," Roy tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
Jul 3 - 6:59 PM


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