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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

Johnny Oduya has inked a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars.

Oduya had been waiting to see if Chicago would clear the cap space necessary to re-sign him, but that never happened. Dallas is a logical fit for Oduya after they traded Trevor Daley to the Blackhawks to acquire Oduya's former and now once again current teammate, Patrick Sharp. He's a defensive defenseman and therefore a non-factor in standard fantasy leagues, but he should log about 20 minutes per game for Dallas.
Jul 15 - 11:08 AM

Johnny Oduya's agent has confirmed that his client will not be re-signing with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago never cleared the cap space necessary to re-sign Oduya and instead acquired Trevor Daley in the Patrick Sharp deal. Oduya will likely accept a contract with a different franchise within the next week. The Buffalo Sabres have been openly pursuing him.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 15 - 9:53 AM

Johnny Oduya is considered a top target for the Sabres.

General manager Tim Murray is seeking a left-handed shooting defenseman. "He hasn’t signed anywhere yet, so I haven’t moved on," said Murray. "We’ve looked at everybody we feel are going to need waivers. We’re still talking trades with teams. We’re still talking about a couple guys that are still out there, but there’s no hurry." Oduya would like to remain with the Blackhawks but their salary-cap situation is limiting them right now.
Jul 12 - 5:22 PM

Patrick Sharp said he was shocked when he found out he had been traded to the Dallas Stars.

"I knew it was coming … and it still comes as a shock," Sharp said. "When it actually happens, there are a lot of different things going on: You're trying to take care of your family and friends and your own personal situation. The conversation with Stan was a tough one, just like the one with (coach) Joel Quenneville was."
Jul 12 - 10:10 AM

Johnny Oduya has not closed the door on re-signing with the Blackhawks.

Chicago acquired Trevor Daley in Friday’s deal that sent Patrick Sharp to the Stars, meaning the defense has grown slightly more crowded. Don Meehan, Oduya’s agent, said that the blueliner is "considering a number of options." General manager Stan Bowman also said Friday that he will "not rule anything out or rule it in." The Blackhawks have slightly less than $1 million in cap space right now, so another trade to give them maneuverability would need to be made if Oduya stays.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 3:04 PM

Stars GM Jim Nill likes what Stephen Johns brings to Dallas' blue line.

"He gives us a right-handed shot and a little bit of a more physical element, so I think we really have nice balance now in our group of young defensemen," Nill said. In his first full year as a pro, Johns scored four goals, 21 points, and added 44 penalty minutes in 51 games with Chicago's minor league team in Rockford. He also was tied for the AHL lead with a plus-30 rating last season.
Jul 11 - 9:42 AM

Stars GM Jim Nill was thrilled that he was able to acquire Patrick Sharp from Chicago on Friday night.

"We have been looking for the right opportunity, and this was one where we were able to add a premier winger with great experience," said general manager Jim Nill of the deal that brought Sharp and young defenseman Stephen Johns from Chicago in exchange for veteran defenseman Trevor Daley and winger Ryan Garbutt. "Our ownership has made a strong statement that we want to win now, and I think we’ve really helped change some key positions." If the Stars decide to pair Sharp with Tyler Seguin, the veteran forward's numbers could spike next season.
Jul 11 - 9:38 AM

After acquiring Trevor Daley from the Dallas Stars last night, it may be difficult for the Chicago Blackhawks to bring back Johnny Oduya.

Oduya was exceptional in the postseason for the Blackhawks, and the belief was that they were trying to clear some cap space so that they could bring him back next year. Now that Trevor Daley has been added to the fold, it appears as though Oduya may not be able to return to Chicago but General Manager Stan Bowman didn't completely shut the door on that. "I’m not going to rule anything out or in. It’s still sort of a fluid situation and there are a lot of factors at play," Bowman said. "We’re getting closer to a point where we can say, ‘This is our team,’ but we’re not there yet. There have been some discussions on different things, but I can’t characterize it as more than that."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 11 - 9:26 AM

Stephen Johns has been acquired by the Dallas Stars in the Patrick Sharp trade.

Johns had four goals and 21 points in 51 AHL contests in 2014-15. He's a solid prospect and might have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot during training camp after Trevor Daley was sent to Chicago as part of the same deal.
Jul 10 - 9:37 PM


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