Player News - Stars

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The Dallas Stars are still working on re-signing restricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin.

Nichushkin is a talented winger with good size and skill, but he's coming off a nine-goal and 29-point season. "His agent and I have had great dialogue," GM Jim Nill said. "We look forward to getting him signed and getting him in here. It’s a big year for him to continue his growth. We have high expectations for him." He has the potential to develop into a point-producing forward.
Aug 24 - 11:27 PM

The Dallas Stars and Jiri Hudler have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract.

The 32-year-old had a disappointing 2015-16 season with Calgary and Florida, but he's just one season removed from a 76-point season. This is a nice low-risk signing for Dallas, as Hudler gives them another top-nine forward. Hudler's fantasy stock could rise significantly if he gets an opportunity to play with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza.
Aug 24 - 10:57 AM

Jamie Benn (core muscle surgery) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of the regular season.

Benn's injury forced him to pull out of the World Cup, but it shouldn't keep him from being completely healthy when it matters most. It's good news for his fantasy stock, as he's been a point-producing machine over the last two seasons. Benn scored 41 goals and 89 points in 82 games last season. He should be a top-five pick in most fantasy drafts.
Aug 23 - 4:43 PM

Jamie Benn (core muscle surgery) won't take part in the World Cup of Hockey.

Benn was named to Team Canada and was hoping to be healthy enough to play in the tournament, but that's not the case. Sharks forward Logan Couture will take Benn's spot on Canada's roster.
Aug 23 - 12:11 PM

Dan Hamhuis wants to bring defensive stability to the Dallas Stars.

The Stars signed Hamhuis as an unrestricted free agent this summer after losing puck movers like Alex Goligoski and Jason Demers. "The strength of this team is the offensive power, and I’m hoping what I can bring to the team is sound defensive presence," Hamhuis said. "That’s the way I have played throughout my career, I take a lot of pride in my defensive game."
Source: The Score
Aug 20 - 6:52 PM

Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen might be the goaltending tandem for Stars going into the season.

Everything appears to be quiet on the trade front, according to Stars GM Jim Nill. That isn't a surprise at this time of the summer, but it could heat up before training camp or later in the season. Niemi and Lehtonen posted 25 wins apiece last season, but neither of them posted very strong numbers.
Aug 13 - 2:38 PM

Jiri Hudler could reportedly sign this week, according to NEWS 1130 Sports.

The report added that the Vancouver Canucks are still in the mix for the unrestricted free agent forward.
Aug 10 - 8:36 AM

Jamie Oleksiak's 16-year-old sister, Penny, is making waves for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games.

She anchored Canada to a bronze medal in the 4x100-metre relay on Saturday and she captured a silver medal in the 100-metre butterfly on Sunday. Jamie took to Twitter on Sunday night and he was speechless with pride: "I don't even know what to say right now, that was one of the most intense and amazing things I've seen." Perhaps her success will help inspire him in his push to land a permanent spot on the Stars' defense corp this season.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 8 - 9:37 AM

Denis Gurianov will begin playing in North America during the 2016-17 season.

"It's a transition year, and I know he has a lot to learn, but I really like his attitude," said Stars assistant GM Les Jackson. "He really seems to embrace the move and wants to do everything to make it work." He has spent most of the summer in Texas to get ready for the move and he has been brushing up on his English. Gurianov is expected to play with the Texas Stars of the AHL this year after spending the last few seasons with his hometown team of Togliatti. He was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Aug 7 - 2:11 PM

Austin Fyten has agreed to an AHL deal with the Texas Stars.

He spent most of the 2015-16 campaign with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays. In 41 games during the regular season he notched 20 points and in 19 playoff contests he earned 19 points. Fyten also had one helper in six outings for Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
Source: TheAHL.com
Aug 7 - 1:29 PM

Tyler Seguin feels recovered from his ailments and ready to play in the World Cup next month.

"Doing well," he said. "It's been a short but long summer, bit of a different summer as far as training wise just coming off an injury, but feeling great and looking forward to the World Cup in the next month or so." He missed the end of the regular season with an Achilles injury and sustained a calf ailment during the playoffs.
Aug 6 - 3:15 PM

Antoine Roussel hopes to build off the success he had with Radek Faksa and Ales Hemsky last year.

"I really hope we are going to start together," Roussel said. "I think it is a great combination of skill, power, and aggressiveness. I like to play with those two guys. It is fun, but I will play anywhere they want me to play." The trio played well together down the stretch in 2015-16 and they were solid for Dallas in the playoffs as well. Roussel has had a busy off-season, as he got married and their first child, a boy, is due in about one month.
Aug 5 - 5:08 PM

Kris Russell is playing the waiting game as an unrestricted free agent.

He is sitting tight while teams try to clear cash from their salary caps before he makes a decision on where to play. Russell is reportedly looking for a contract north of $4 million per season.
Aug 4 - 12:20 PM

Riley Tufte suffered a broken wrist while playing for the United States at the National Junior Evaluation Camp.

He could be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks, but said he can continue to skate. Tufte expects to be ready for the start of the college season when he will suit up for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars.
Aug 3 - 10:39 AM

Riley Tufte (wrist) has been sent home for precautionary reasons.

He was injured during an exhibition game against Sweden on Monday. The United States made 10 cuts from the 2016 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp on Tuesday. Matthew Tkachuk was also sent home as a precaution, while Max Jones (Anaheim Ducks), Casey Mittelstadt (2017 Draft), Joseph Anderson (New Jersey Devils), Rem Pitlick (Nashville Predators) and Brendan Warren (2017 Draft), as well as defensemen Sean Day (New York Rangers), James Greenway (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Joseph Masonius (Pittsburgh Penguins) were the other cuts.
Aug 2 - 10:17 AM


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