Player News - Stars

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Cody Eakin believes that his new contract extension will get his season started on the right foot.

Eakin didn't have a contract going into 2014-15 and he missed a good chunk of training camp because of it. He subsequently got off to a slow start before rounding into form later on. "I don’t think anyone was happy how last season started, so this is much better," Eakin said. "I definitely think that getting this done is a positive. I think we’re entering an important time for the team, and I’m excited to be a part of it."
Aug 29 - 9:42 AM

Cody Eakin has signed a four-year contract extension with Dallas.

He will earn $3.85 million per season starting in 2016-17. The first year of his contract will reportedly also carry a $200,000 signing bonus. Eakin registered career highs with 19 goals and 40 points in 78 games last season.
Aug 28 - 3:47 PM

Jason Spezza likes the off-season changes that Dallas has made.

"You are bringing in great pedigree," he said referring to new teammates Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antti Niemi. "You are not only bringing in great players; you are bringing in great players that have won and won together. They'll have their different outlook on things and what they found that was successful for them in Chicago they can implement things in our dressing room. We have a pretty open team to learn and get better. When you add three guys that have won, it is huge for the locker room." Spezza is excited for the upcoming season and, just like most players, he is anxious to start training camp.
Aug 26 - 9:29 PM

Tyler Seguin doesn't mind if the NHL opts to put advertisements on their jerseys in the future.

"It’s a fine line. I know it’s going to bring in a little more revenue. It will be interesting to see how Adidas will look on our jerseys," said Seguin. "I played in (Biel) Switzerland during the lockout. Our team had a lot of Skoda (a Czech auto manufacturer). My car was a Skoda and it had our team name plastered all over it...I’m not really with it or against it….Ì think (ads) would grow. Personally, I’m going to do my best no matter what I’m wearing. We’ll see how the fans react to them."
Aug 23 - 8:14 AM

Philippe Desrosiers is slated to play in the minors this season.

He doesn't know if he's playing in the AHL or ECHL, but he is "ready to be a pro" and is excited to take the necessary steps to make sure he's prepared for the NHL. Jack Campbell is expected to be the top goalie on the AHL's Texas Stars, but Desrosiers finished his junior career in style with the CHL's Goaltender of the Year award, the Jacques Plante Trophy for best goals-against average and a QMJHL championship. He was a second-round pick (54th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Aug 17 - 1:40 PM

Patrick Sharp could be in for a fantasy boost this season in Dallas, assuming he is used as a top-six forward.

With the Blackhawks, Sharp was commonly used on the third line due to the team's influx of star power atop the depth chart. In Dallas, Sharp has a great chance to find a home on the team's top line with the dynamic duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Another option is on the second line with Valeri Nichushkin and Jason Spezza, which would also be a nice situation for Sharp's stats.
Aug 16 - 10:22 AM

The Dallas Stars are expecting big things from Valeri Nichushkin when the 2015-2016 season commences.

Nichushkin played in just eight games last season after scoring 14 goals and 20 assists in 79 games played during his 2013-2014 rookie year. The Stars have added scorer, Patrick Sharp, to an already above-average offense that included Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza, which should only boost Nichushkin's game. If he is able to win a top-six spot with the Stars' forwards, the 6-foot-4 Russian could be in line for a huge offensive year. Stars GM Jim Nill is expecting big things from him: "We've got high expectations for him. He ended up playing in the last four games of the season and it was great to see the chemistry that he, Jason Spezza, and Ales Hemsky had. They played together and it was amazing to watch. We're excited. We think that they could be something special."
Source: Dallas News
Aug 15 - 5:49 PM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gagliardi thinks Kari Lehtonen could feel more at ease in 2015-16.

"I think it is pretty hard on Kari when we give him a night off and we never win," Gagliardi said referring to the lack of success from the team's backups. "Kari had an off year, and while we don't think that will happen again, our backups haven't been good enough since I have been here (became Stars owner in 2011). So we discussed the 1A/1B view because there are so few backups now." Lehtonen's understudies have combined for a 14-23-1 record over the past two seasons. The Stars will have Antti Niemi battle with Lehtonen for starts and they are hoping it makes both of their goaltenders better. The competition may take some pressure off of Lehtonen's shoulders, but it also might result in him sitting on the bench more than he wants to.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 11 - 10:12 AM

Jamie Benn has been skating more each week, but he's trying not to rush his recovery from double hip surgery.

"I'm skating three times a week now — it's just working on the edges really," he said. "Workouts are picking up, but it's still controlled. I get pretty antsy at times, but the trainers remind me that I've got plenty of time and just take it slow." Benn admits that he's anxious to be ready for opening night because he wants to help the Stars get off to a strong start. He also likes the additions of former Blackhawks Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya due to their experience and leadership.
Aug 5 - 6:31 PM

Antti Niemi is projected to split starts with Kari Lehtonen in Dallas this campaign.

However, that doesn't mean that they won't be given the opportunity to string together outings if either one of them gets hot. "Lindy and I have talked about it," said GM Jim Nill. "We think it's going to be a split job. Now someone might get it and run with it for a while. We'll play it by ear. There's always the unknown. There's injuries. So many things can happen. Somebody can get sick. You don't know what's going to happen." The Stars feel that the competition between the two will benefit the team and push their netminders to be better.
Aug 3 - 11:10 AM

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill believes that his team is lucky to have two number one goaltenders on the roster.

Kari Lehtonen is back for the 2015-16 season, while the team went out and signed Antti Niemi this off-season. We just think having two elite goalies is going to make a big difference for us," said Nill. "We're lucky. It's manageable with our cap situation. We have the flexibility to do that and I really believe it's becoming a two-goalie league. It's hard for one goalie with all of this travel and back-to-backs. The league is so close. If you can win an extra two or three games because you have a rested, healthy, very competitive No. 1 goalie that you can put in any time is going to make a big difference."
Aug 2 - 7:45 AM

Tyler Seguin, who dealt with a knee injury last season, is now skating without a brace.

Seguin's goal is not to use a brace going forward as he's heard that there's a danger of him becoming reliant on it if he just continues to use the brace. Seguin was using the brace during the 2015 World Championships and still scored nine goals in 10 games.
Jul 27 - 12:51 PM

Ales Hemsky is recovery nicely from his offseason hip surgery.

"I can already feel I have more motion," Hemsky said. "It's just been two months and I know I have a long way to go, but I can feel the difference." He had 11 goals and 32 points in 76 contests last season, which is well below what was expected of him. He noted that he had put a lot of pressure on himself last season, but 2015-16 feels different.
Jul 22 - 9:47 AM

Rich Peverley is still undecided about his future as a player, according to his agent Allain Roy.

The 33-year-old, who hasn't played since he collapsed on the bench on March 10, 2014, was cleared for off-ice workouts last season and became a UFA on July 1.
Jul 19 - 9:43 AM

Stars GM Jim Nill thinks his team's young players will benefit from being around two-time Stanley Cup champion Johnny Oduya.

"I grew up in the Detroit organization. To win, you have to know how to win," Nill said. "It's a process. Our core is young, they’re going to be like sponges, they’re going to feed off this." Of course, before signing Oduya to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, Nill acquired his former and once again current teammate, Patrick Sharp, from Chicago. Sharp was part of all three of Chicago's recent Stanley Cup championships and played a key role in the Blackhawks' rise in the salary cap era. With both of them on the roster, Dallas is certainly a much more experienced team.
Jul 16 - 10:08 AM


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