Player News - Stars

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It isn't clear yet if Rich Peverley will be able to return or if his career is over.

Stars GM Jim Nill was asked if there's a chance that doctors will tell Peverley to stop at any point and he said: "I'm not sure on that. I think we're all moving day to day and trying to see how far he can push it. We'll have patience with Rich and support him and simply go through the process. So much of it is listening to the doctors and allow them to guide the process." Peverley hasn't been cleared to skate, but he has been permitted to work out. To return to the ice he has to see a cardiologist first to be tested and as of now there's no timeline on that, according to Nill.
Sep 18 - 6:24 PM

Restricted free agent Cody Eakin is taking part in workouts in Winnipeg.

He notched 16 goals and 19 assists in 81 game last campaign. However, negotiations could get complicated because now his role on the team has changed with the off-season acquisition of Jason Spezza. Eakin is expected to be bumped to the third line this year. If something isn't worked out quickly then he could be a no-show for the start of training camp.
Sep 18 - 1:05 PM

Brenden Dillon is working out in Vancouver, while he waits for a contract to be worked out with the Dallas Stars.

He's coming off his entry-level deal and played well for the Stars last season. Dillon posted 17 points, 86 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in 80 games. He's also a strong contributor in hits and blocked shots.
Sep 18 - 12:58 PM

Brett Ritchie sustained a broken pinkie at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament and it's expected to keep him on the shelf for two weeks.

There's a chance that he may skate with the Stars at training camp, but his participation in drills will obviously be limited. However, the team is hopeful that he'll be able to take part in preseason games.
Sep 18 - 12:48 PM

Rich Peverley (heart) has not been cleared for skating yet.

The Stars are projected to announce on Thursday what his schedule might be. Peverley's season was ended abruptly in 2013-14 by a cardiac incident when he collapsed on the bench. In the meantime, he is expected to continue to work out off the ice his teammates.
Sep 18 - 12:40 PM

Jason Spezza may occupy the point on the Dallas power play.

He likes to play on the left half wall, which could create a conflict with Tyler Seguin, who generally likes to set up in the left circle for one-timers. The Stars will do some experimenting during training camp and in the preseason, but a decision might be made to move Spezza and some other players to the second unit to give Dallas a pair of good combinations.
Sep 15 - 1:09 PM

Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie's Traverse City tournament experience is likely done after suffering a finger injury.

That's the report via Stars website (Inside Edge). The big forward has at least a shot at making the Stars full-time or part-time next season, so hopefully this isn't too much of a setback.
Sep 13 - 5:52 PM

There is a chance that the Stars will try Valeri Nichushkin on the left wing alongside Jason Spezza.

If the Stars follow through with their initial plans of playing Ales Hemsky on the right of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on the team's first unit, Nichushkin will line up on the right or left of Jason Spezza on the team's second line. It is better for Dallas if Nichushkin can play on the left as there are plenty more options for roster spots at right wing (such as Brett Ritchie and Colton Sceviour) then there are at left. Watch this situation carefully as it could affect the fantasy fortunes of Erik Cole, who at this moment is penciled in at left wing on the second unit.
Sep 13 - 1:01 PM

Brett Ritchie came through in the clutch during the Stars' prospects tournament opener on Friday night, notching an assist before burying the game-tying goal followed by the game winner in overtime.

Ritchie's two goals and three points were a great sign that the 2011 second round pick is developing nicely. The 6'4, 215 pound hulk gathered 48 points in 68 games in the AHL last season, and could get his first taste of NHL action this coming season. Dallas Stars prospects defeated the New York Rangers prospects 4-3.
Sep 12 - 10:00 PM

Rival general managers are looking to the Dallas Stars as a strong team going into the 2014-15 campaign.

"It's no surprise to anyone in the Western Conference that watched Jim Nill and his staff quietly weave his magic in Detroit ... that the same culture of excellence is evolving quickly in Dallas through solid drafting and astute trades and FA signings," one Western Conference GM said. "Another contender in the West." An Eastern Conference GM separately predicted Dallas is "ready to take a leap in with the big boys." Stars GM Nill acquired Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and signed Ales Hemsky over the summer.
Sep 9 - 8:42 AM

Colton Sceviour is still on the mend from off-season shoulder surgery.

Dallas GM Jim Nill said that Sceviour should be ready for training camp. He's expected to compete for a permanent NHL spot this season and could move up as high as the second line if he can outperform his teammates at camp.
Sep 8 - 4:11 PM

The Dallas Stars are comfortable heading into training camp with the group they have.

Stars GM Jim Nill said Monday morning that the team did not invite Raphael Diaz to training camp even though they could probably use some right-handed defenders. "They've worked hard and they deserve the opportunity," Nill said. "Why wouldn't we go with our own guys, they've earned it. We have six (exhibition) games, and we want to use them wisely. We have a lot of decisions to make." After Dallas signs Brenden Dillon, the club will have six blueliners on one-way deals.
Sep 8 - 4:08 PM

Ray Whitney told ESPN on Thursday that his interest in playing another NHL season is declining with each week that passes without receiving an offer.

"I’m not sure yet, and I’m not really tipping my hand one way or the other,’’ Whitney said about announcing his retirement. "I’m in shape, I’m skating, but I’m not too worried. There’s obviously limitations to where I would go, but I’m not out there searching for anything, either.’’ Whitney has put together a sensational NHL career where he's notched 1,064 points with eight teams, but a lack of team interest could force the 42 year old to call it quits.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 5 - 9:47 PM

Jason Spezza credited Stars GM Jim Nill for his work in making Dallas an attractive team to play for.

Spezza wanted Ottawa to trade him, but he had veto powers and exercised it on a potential deal involving Nashville, so at the end of the day, it's clear that the Stars are a team he likes. "The young core they have with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Kari Lehtonen in net, and there’s a lot of good pieces and I felt that it was a team that if they were interested in having me, it would be a fit for me," Spezza said. "I think to add the offensive depth would help the team and get us moving forward in the right direction." Spezza will represent a big part of that offensive depth as the team's second-line center.
Sep 5 - 8:33 AM

John Klingberg is still on the mend from off-season hip surgery.

Dallas GM Jim Nill said Klingberg was around 90 percent healthy with training camp just a couple of weeks away. His ailment may ensure that he starts the season in the minors, though.
Sep 3 - 5:11 PM


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