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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

Tyler Seguin (calf) has resumed skating.

Seguin returned from an Achilles injury in the first round of the playoffs, but was promptly send back to the sidelines with his current calf injury. "It was terrible," Seguin said, referring to the injury. "Honestly, I didn't really tell [head coach] Lindy [Ruff] about it at the time. I hadn't been in the lineup, so I kind of kept it to myself and told [head trainer] Dave [Zeis] but not really Lindy. I've never felt anything like that."
Jun 8 - 8:29 AM

Dallas GM Jim Nill said that in addition to not buying out the contract of Kari Lehtonen, the team would also not buy out fellow goalie Antti Niemi.

Despite some inconsistent goaltending it seems that the Stars are content to start the season as the 2105-16 campaign ended--in a job share featuring Niemi and Lehtonen. In defending his position Nill had the following to say: "If you take the entire season, the results were very positive. They both won 25 games. Kari only lost 13 total games on the year. You can't just disregard that." Of course things can change but it looks as if there will not be a clear number one goalie in Dallas to start the season.
Jun 4 - 11:57 AM

Dallas has started discussing a new deal with Jamie Benn.

"We sat down, his future is something we've already talked about ... started that process," said GM Jim Nill. "It's no secret he's the leader here, and we're going to figure it out." He can sign an extension on July 1, which would prevent him from going to unrestricted free agency at the end of next year.
Jun 1 - 6:20 PM

Dallas GM Jim Nill does not plan to use a buyout on Kari Lehtonen.

"No, we're not buying him out. That last game is not a full reflection of the season," Nill told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. "Nobody remembers the game before where he stood on his head. He's disappointed, and the team is disappointed. We finished second overall, and everybody is focussed on the playoffs. Something went right too, you’ve got to be careful." There has been some speculation that the Stars may go a different direction with their goaltending after Lehtonen and Antti Niemi proved to be wildly inconsistent throughout the 2015-16 season.
Jun 1 - 6:15 PM


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