Player News - Stars

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Mattias Janmark has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.

The Stars got Janmark in March as part of the Erik Cole trade. Janmark had 13 goals and 36 points in 55 Swedish league games in 2014-15. "Mattias has done a tremendous job of excelling in the Swedish Hockey League at a young age," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He will spend the playoffs with Texas and we’re excited to watch how he contributes to that team and develops as a player."
Apr 24 - 12:12 PM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said he liked the way the team's off-season acquisitions improved as the season went on.

"Well, I think you look at Spezza, and you can probably add [free-agent signee] Ales Hemsky, and I think there was a real transition period for them, so things take time no matter what player you add," said Gaglardi. "They came in and they were used to playing a different brand of hockey, and it took time for them to change how they played. I know there weren’t a lot of second-line centers that outpointed Jason Spezza, and there might not have been any in the second half of the season. I just think that he was so much better in the second half, and I think that projects out to next season."
Apr 19 - 9:58 AM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Galardi doesn't believe his team needs to lang a big free-agent this summer.

"I think any team that relies on free agents to fix their problems, that’s a bad place to be," Galardi told the Dallas Morning News. "I think they can definitely help if you find the right one, but you have to build from within, that’s where the strength is going to come from. I think in a perfect world, you’d go golfing on July 1 (the first day of NHL free agency). I’m not sure if we’re in that spot yet, but I can tell you I like our team and where we’re going. As a rule of thumb, you’re going to pay too much or give too much term to get a free agent. I think it’s more likely that we would be more involved in trade talk to tinker with the makeup of our team. But I’m not uncomfortable starting next season with pretty much what we ended this season with."
Apr 19 - 9:55 AM

Valeri Nichushkin was selected to represent Team Russia at the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

He missed most of the season following hip surgery but is a bright young talent the Russians want to see on the ice. Nichushkin makes for a nice sleeper pick in hockey pool drafts next season as he has the potential to register 50-plus points if he can stay healthy.
Apr 18 - 12:04 PM

The Dallas Stars have confirmed that they have signed John Klingberg to a seven-year contract.

Dallas didn't reveal the financial terms of the contract, but an early report said it was worth $29.75 million. "John is a very special player, possessing a creativity and skill level that few in this League can match," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He fits in perfectly with where our core is at age-wise and his impact on our team was felt immediately. We expect him to build off of his rookie season and continue his development towards becoming an elite all-around defenseman." Not all players end up building off of their rookie success, as Nill thinks Klingberg will do. That's part of the reason why inking Klingberg to a seven-year deal at this time is a risk, but it also has the potential to pay off rather nicely for Dallas.
Apr 17 - 12:16 PM

John Klingberg has reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $29.75 million extension with the Dallas Stars.

Klingberg had 11 goals and 40 points in 65 games with the Dallas Stars as a rookie in 2014-15. He obviously has the potential to become a great offensive defenseman and it helps that he should continue to get plenty of power-play ice time on a team that has a great core of skilled forwards. This is still a big gamble for the Stars given that it's all based on just one season of play, but in a couple years we might look back on this contract as a steal.
Apr 17 - 10:28 AM

Jason Spezza will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Spezza is a grizzled veteran on this team with his 25 games of experience playing at the World Hockey Championships. The 31 year-old has 12 goals and 21 points in those tournament games. He is coming off a 17 goal, 62 point effort for the Dallas Stars.
Apr 15 - 1:24 AM

Tyler Seguin will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

This will be the first time Seguin will represent his country at any level of hockey which is a little bit surprising given his extreme talent. Seguin is coming off another great year in the NHL for the Dallas Stars where he matched his career high in goals with 37. His 77 points in 71 games was seventh in the NHL this year.
Apr 15 - 1:03 AM

Dallas GM Jim Nill says that he sees starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen "as part of the solution" towards turning the Stars into champions.

It seems fair to assert that Lehtonen's .903 save percentage and 2.94 GAA over 65 starts was the primary reason why the Stars failed to reach the playoffs this season. However Nill would rather "nail down a strong defender who worries about his own end first," than buy-out or trade the veteran netminder. Lehtonen dings the cap at $5.9M for another three seasons, and turns 32 in November. Nill is certainly correct that his defense needs to be beefed up, but Lehtonen isn't exactly known for his annual goaltending prowess.
Apr 14 - 6:35 PM

Dallas needs a better season from Kari Lehtonen in 2015-16.

He tied a career high in wins, while posting a 34-17-10 record, but he had a 2.94 goals-against average (36th) and a .903 save percentage (41st). "The goalies are part of the team, and they know they have to be better," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "It wasn't Kari's best season, and he admits that, and he's got to be better. We need to have him. To win in this league, you have to have good a goalie." Lehtonen admits that he needs to be better at managing his highs and lows, so if he can gain some confidence early next season it will go a long to helping him overcome his mental hurdles.
Apr 14 - 10:50 AM

Ales Hemsky will have hip surgery.

He is projected to require four months of recovery time, so he should be ready in time for training camp. Hemsky had a disappointing season in Dallas with just 11 goals and 32 points in 76 games. He has another two years on his contract with the Stars.
Apr 13 - 1:35 PM

Jamie Benn will have off-season surgery on his hip.

He is slated to need about four to five months of rehab following the procedure. Despite dealing with the issue for most of the year, Benn led the NHL in scoring with 87 points in 82 games. He should be ready for training camp.
Apr 13 - 1:27 PM

The Dallas Stars have assigned Patrik Nemeth to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Nemeth was limited to just 22 games this season because he suffered a severe arm laceration on October 18th versus Philadelphia. The Stars probably just want him to get some more game action because he missed so much time this season.
Apr 12 - 2:39 PM

Tyler Seguin was held out of Saturday's season finale because he was late to practice on Friday.

"We’re strict on our team rules," Seguin said. "I wasn’t time for practice and I knew what the consequences would be. It’s a tough feeling. It’s something I’ll live with for the rest of the off-season, and I’m going to work hard and get ready to come back even better." The 23-year-old finished the season with 37 goals and 77 points in 71 games this season.
Apr 12 - 11:20 AM

Jamie Benn won the first Art Ross trophy in Dallas Stars franchise history.

"It felt good," Benn said. "It’s a little bittersweet, because obviously we’re not in the playoffs. But it was pretty special to see your teammates work so hard for you...The No. 1 goal here is to make the playoffs and just give yourself a chance to win a Stanley Cup. We didn’t do that this year and it’s disappointing. It’s going to be a long summer, a lot of time to think. But at the same time, we got to get back to work pretty soon here because it is so hard just to get into the NHL Playoffs. We got a lot of hard work to do, to go." The 25-year-old finishes the season with 35 goals and 87 points in 82 games this season.
Apr 12 - 11:17 AM

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