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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.
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

Shawn Horcoff appears to be penciled in to play left wing on the fourth line this season.

If the Stars want to shake up their lines at some point then he could end up skating with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Horcoff played with Hemsky in Edmonton, but a move to the second line would be a significant jump after averaged just 12:51 of ice time last season. He recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 77 games. Horcoff ended the year well with a team-leading six points in the playoffs. However, it's unlikely he'll chip in much offensively in 2014-15 while serving as a decent depth forward for the Stars.
Sep 1 - 4:12 PM

Brenden Dillon is a restricted free agent for the Dallas Stars as training camp draws near.

He skated in 80 games with the Stars last year, while compiling 17 points, 86 penalty minutes, 168 hits and 149 blocks. Dillon completed his entry-level contract, so a bridge deal could be in his future.
Aug 29 - 2:31 PM

Cody Eakin still needs a contract from the Dallas Stars.

He's a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal, so a two-year, bridge contract is a very good possibility. Negotiations will probably ramp up as training camp draws closer. Eakin lost some bargaining power when the Stars acquired Jason Spezza in the off-season because now he's projected to center the third line instead of the second unit.
Aug 29 - 2:10 PM

In his first extensive interview since being shipped out of Ottawa, former Senator Jason Spezza says the pressure of the team's captaincy had no effect on his decision to ask for a trade.

"I think it's bogus," Spezza said regarding those rumors. "To me, I think if anything, having the 'C' made me think even harder about wanting to stay, because I didn't want to seem like I was running away from being a captain," he told TSN 1200 on Friday. When asked about his thoughts on the next captain in Ottawa, Chris Phillips and Erik Karlsson came to mind. "(Phillips is) one of the most mature people I've been around I think in my career, and just somebody you can always lean on," Spezza said. "A guy like Erik Karlsson, the confidence he gives and the confidence he portrays is obviously something that shows on the ice and can be a positive for the team."
Source: TSN 1200
Aug 24 - 8:12 PM

Seasoning in the AHL for five seasons, Colton Sceviour finally got real a chance to play in the NHL last season and will be given the opportunity this season to prove he belongs with Dallas.

Sceviour is a hard-working, gritty two-way player who could catch on in either a scoring or depth role. HIs defensive adeptness hints that his default position will be in the bottom six, but the 25 year-old developed an impressive scoring touch in the AHL which saw him notch 63 points in 54 games before his NHL call-up. The Alberta native might get a chance to play with Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza, but with Ales Hemsky and Valeri Nichushkin also vying for those spots, Sceviour will have to elevate his offensive game from the 12 points he managed in 26 games last season.
Aug 24 - 1:51 PM

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