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 will have to juggle centers, but it could be for the better with Martin Hanzal

FRISCO — Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock and is going to have to do some center juggling this season. When he was first hired Hitchcock spoke at lengths about how he plans to to turn Tyler Seguin into a true No. 1 center. Theoretically that would have worked well with Jason Spezza centering the second […]

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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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Stars sign Radek Faksa to three-year, $6.6 million contract

Restricted free agent Radek Faksa has agreed to a three-year, $6.6 million contract with the Dallas Stars. Here is the official release: Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has re-signed center Radek Faksa to a three-year, $6.6-million contract. Faksa, 23, posted 33 points (12-21=33) in 80 games for Dallas during […]

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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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Martin Hanzal ready to play for a “great team and organization” with Dallas Stars

Martin Hanzal is ready to play for a winner. The 30-year-old center thought he was in that position after the NHL Trade Deadline when he was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Minnesota Wild. But his first playoff experience in five years came to an end in five quick games with the Wild. “I […]

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