Player News - Stars

Date: Team: Pos:

Antoine Roussel's arbitration date has been set.

Roussel's hearing will be held on July 22 unless he can agree to terms with the Dallas Stars before then. He had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games in 2013-14.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:19 PM

Cameron Gaunce has an arbitration hearing set for July 25.

Gaunce has completed a two-way contract that came with a $650,000 cap hit at the NHL level. His best case scenario would probably be to get a one-way contract at roughly the league minimum this summer.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:17 PM

Jussi Rynnas' newly inked two-year contract is only one-way.

That's interesting as it leaves the Stars with three goaltenders on one-way contracts, including Kari Lehtonen and Anders Lindback. That being said, Rynnas is only set to earn $550,000 next season and $575,000 in 2015-16, so the Stars can still comfortably bury him in the minors. Given that he has a one-way contract, it seems fair to assume that he'll compete with Lindback for the backup job during the preseason, but Lindback should be regarded as the favorite in that battle.
Jul 8 - 12:18 PM

Jason Spezza insisted that his desire to leave the Ottawa Senators didn't stem from a need to escape the spotlight.

Spezza instead said it was about moving to a situation where he would have a better chance to win the Stanley Cup. The Dallas Stars certainly qualify as a team that's in a better position to compete for a championship than Ottawa. While Spezza was clearly the Senators' best forward, he'll be joining a Stars team that already features Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. That will allow them to use Spezza on the second line to provide them with some offensive depth.
Jul 8 - 9:40 AM

Jussi Rynnas has inked a two-year deal with the Dallas Stars.

Rynnas had a 1.51 GAA and .939 save percentage in 40 Finnish league games last season. He's expected to start the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.
Jul 7 - 5:24 PM

Jason Spezza sees himself as "just a piece to the puzzle" in Dallas.

That's probably to Spezza's liking after he became the center of attention in Ottawa following Daniel Alfredsson's departure. In Dallas, Spezza might end up serving as the second-line center as Tyler Seguin figures to play alongside Jamie Benn on the top line. The Stars still have some question marks, particularly when it comes to their defense, but their top two lines look very good.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 7 - 3:52 PM

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is hoping to see solutions to the team's defense come from within the organization.

"I'm excited about our defense," Nill said. "We've got three or four young kids that are knocking on the door from the Calder Cup championship down in Texas. We think we've got lots of different options. We know they’re all going to get better. We think we're going to be just fine." Nill chose instead to put his energy into bolstering the team offensively by trading for Jason Spezza and signing Ales Hemsky.
Jul 6 - 9:16 AM

Antoine Roussel has filed for salary arbitration, according to what Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News is hearing.

The shift disturber amassed 209 penalty minutes, while chipping in 14 goals and 29 points in 81 games last season. The Stars will continue to work with him on a new contract until his hearing.
Jul 5 - 3:00 PM

Vernon Fiddler chose to re-sign with the Dallas Stars because he likes the direction of the team.

"Honestly, I had better offers. But I wanted to stay with this team and finish the job," Fiddler said. "There is a real attraction to playing here and playing to win, and seeing this through. I think this is going to be a really good team, and I want to be a part of that." In addition to Fiddler, the Stars signed Ales Hemsky, Patrick Eaves and goalie Anders Lindback. The team also acquired Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators. Fiddler requested a trade last year because he wanted more ice time, but he stayed the with the club and "everything took care of itself." He'll make $1 million next season and $1.5 million in 2015-16, while continuing to serve as a bottom-six forward.
Jul 3 - 12:34 PM

Brendan Ranford has inked an entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.

Ranford joined the AHL Texas Stars last season and stepped up in the playoffs with eight goals and 16 points in 21 games. He was originally taken in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, but they never signed him.
Jul 2 - 6:48 PM

Vernon Fiddler has inked a two-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars.

Fiddler tested the unrestricted free agent market, but ultimately decided to rejoin his former squad. He had six goals and 23 points in 76 games last season. The Stars bolstered their top two lines by adding Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, but Fiddler will serve as a valuable depth player as the team sets its sights on making a long playoff run.
Jul 2 - 6:46 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray insisted that Jason Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons.

"I hear the comments that we don't spend to keep (our players)," Murray said. "Just so you know, I offered Jason (Spezza) an extension and (he) said he wasn't interested. Whether it's because he thought we didn't have enough around him or what … but there are different stories in each case." Murray saying that Spezza didn't leave for financial reasons and then bring up an extension offer misses the point. A player demanding a trade isn't likely to do so because he's unhappy with his contract or as a maneuver to get a new deal. At the same time, if financials were an issue at all, it wouldn't have been Spezza being unhappy with his own pay, it would have been with him feeling that the Senators aren't spending enough to build a competitive team around him. If that was Spezza's feelings, then offering him an extension wouldn't have fixed anything.
Jul 2 - 11:17 AM

Jason Spezza cited his relationship with coach Lindy Ruff as one of the reasons he thinks playing in Dallas will work out for him.

Spezza waived his no-trade clause to join the Stars. The former Senators captain has played under Ruff in international tournaments. "I think the young group they have is an envy of a lot of the League, and I think I could fit in with helping out with the depth at center," Spezza added.
Jul 2 - 9:17 AM

Cody Eakin is expected to fall to the third line now that Jason Spezza has been added to the Dallas Stars.

That's good news for the Stars because it helps solidify their bottom-six, but obviously it'll be less pleasant for Eakin owners. He had 16 goals and 35 points in 81 games last season and isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 9:14 AM

Patrick Eaves has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars.

Eaves had two goals and five points in 30 games with Detroit and Nashville in 2013-14. He's a decent bottom-six forward that will compliment a promising Stars team.
Jul 1 - 5:05 PM


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