STARS MAILBAG: Hockey in Houston? And Honka is actually good

I think we’ve finally reached the offseason. Sure, the Dallas Stars haven’t played since April, but the past three months have been rather busy with a new coach, expansion draft, NHL entry draft, trades, free agency, and development camp. The Stars have their roster set (Jamie Oleksiak’s RFA deal is the final contract to sign, […]

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STARS MAILBAG: Some (minor) Nichushkin clarity, future blue lines, and prospect talk

The mailbag is loaded this week, no need for an intro. Let’s just dive in… Could we see Valeri Nichushkin return to the NHL after the KHL season ends like Radulov did in 2012? — Brian Myers (@FlockofOxen) July 12, 2017 This a very good question and something I was wondering myself, especially after VladimĂ­r […]

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Passed over in the NHL draft, Bayreuther working on having last laugh with Stars

FRISCO, Texas — He was never drafted, but the NHL Draft was the best thing to happen to Gavin Bayreuther’s career. During his draft-eligible years every team passed on the left-handed defender. Looking at raw numbers that means during a three-year span NHL teams as a whole believed there were at least 610 better prospects […]

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STARS MAILBAG: Development camp, goalies, and a prediction on Nichushkin

Let’s just get the Valeri Nichushkin questions out of the way first. Nothing is set in stone, but I expect Nichushkin to remain in Russia and finish out his two-year contract with CSKA Moscow. The Stars are remaining non-commital on the subject at the time, and they should. But there are too many factors — […]

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Stars put early focus on adding AHL leadership for prospects during free agency

The 2016-17 season was an illness for the Stars organization. A healthy franchise in seemingly top physical shape during the 2015-16 season took a nosedive. The Dallas Stars missed the playoffs, they parted ways with their coach, and less than 12 months after being the talk of the metroplex they were an afterthought. The ‘illness’ […]

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NOTES: Stars add Hanzal, build up depth on busy first day of NHL free agency

The Dallas Stars were busy on Saturday and signed five players as NHL free agency opened. -Center Martin Hanzal to a three-year $14.25-million contract. -Right wing Tyler Pitlick to a three-year, $3-million contract. -Center Brian Flynn to a one-year, two-way contract. -Goalie Mike McKenna to a one-year, two-way contract. -Patrik Nemeth to a one-year, $945,000 […]

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Dallas Stars announced qualifying offers for pending RFAs

The Dallas Stars have extended qualifying offers to six players, while five players have not been qualified and will become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Radek Faksa, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak, Brett Ritchie, and Gemel Smith have all been qualified and will likely sign with Dallas this summer. Matej Stransky was also qualified, but […]

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Ken Hitchcock lays out plans for Dallas Stars assistant coaches

CHICAGO — Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock shed some light on responsibilities for his assistant coaches in an interview on Friday. Stu Barnes will run the power play, Rick Wilson will run the penalty kill, and Curt Fraser will be in charge of “big-picture” elements and game planning. That could mean Fraser will watch […]

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Dallas Stars announce preseason schedule, training camp will return to Cedar Park

The Dallas Stars announced their preseason schedule and officially confirmed that training camp will return to Cedar Park, home of the AHL affiliated Texas Stars, in September. Dallas will hold training camp at the H-E-B Center from Sept. 14-18. Official details have yet to be announced, but in the past practices have been open to […]

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STARS MAILBAG: Too quiet on the movement front? Russian mentors and setting goalie market

In two weeks the NHL Entry Draft will be held in Chicago, which means my annual draft guide will publish next week for subscribers. The draft guide features scouting reports and notes on more than 100 prospects and stories on how the Stars will approach the draft. In the past it’s been built as a […]

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