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Dallas Stars Will Buy Out Antti Niemi

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Would The Arizona Coyotes Move Oliver Ekman-Larsson?

Mike Heika, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:

Last year the P.K. Subban trade came out of nowhere. Do you think there are any other No. 1 defensemen who could be on the market that Dallas could pursue?

Heika: The one guy I would be watching is Oliver Ekman-Larsson in Arizona. He is 25 and can become an unrestricted free agent in two seasons. There is a very good chance he doesn't want to re-sign with the Coyotes because the rebuild could be too long and difficult. Plus, there is always so much uncertainty with that organization.

Arizona needs him to sell tickets, so they probably want to keep him, keep trying to re-sign him, and wait until the last minute to trade him if they are forced to trade him.

But if you blew them away with an offer of draft picks and prospects, I think you could pry him out of there. A deal for Arizona now is smart because it could help the rebuild get started that much earlier.

It would be a high price, but that is a No. 1 defenseman who I think will be traded at some point.

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Dallas Stars Hire Scott Burnside As Senior Digital Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites announced today that the club has hired Scott Burnside as the team's Senior Digital Correspondent. In his new role with the Stars, Burnside will be producing digital media content for DallasStars.com by creating compelling team- and league-related stories for consumption by Stars fans and a broader national audience.

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A Six-Year Contract Extension For Ben Bishop In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5-million contract extension.

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UFA-To-Be Ben Bishop Traded To The Dallas Stars

 

added 5:37pm, Dallas press release is below....

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Tyler Seguin Had Successful Shoulder Surgery Yesterday

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin had successful surgery to repair labral damage in his right shoulder yesterday. The surgery went as planned and he is expected to make a full recovery in four months.

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Ken Hitchcock Has A Talk With Jamie Benn

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

"It's everything," Hitchcock said when asked about having the captain on his side. "If you don't have it, you've got chaos."

So the first meeting he arranged Wednesday was with Stars captain Jamie Benn. The two talked at length, and bared their souls on what needs to be done to get the Stars back to the top of the standings.

"The talk was a little uncomfortable for both of us, but we weren't glossing over things," Hitchcock said. "We had to dig deep so we could fix what needed to get fixed. And I feel we can get this fixed and get this thing turned the other way."

Benn said he feels the same way - about the honestly of the talk and about the direction of the team.

"We pretty much talked about everything and how he deals with his top players and his leaders," Benn said. "There's going to be a lot more responsibility for myself as a captain in communicating with him and letting him get a better feel for our team. It's something I'm excited for. It's not going to be easy, but in the end, it helps you win."

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It’s Official- Ken Hitchcock Back In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has named Ken Hitchcock as head coach.

"Ken is an exceptionally talented coach and we could not be happier to have him joining the organization," said Nill. "He is a meticulous coach who brings with him an emphasis on structure and a defensive style of play, which will accent our level of skill nicely. Ken has an incredible hockey mind and we look forward to his guidance on the ice."

Hitchcock, 65, enters his second stint as head coach of the Stars, having previously spent the first seven seasons of his NHL head coaching career behind the Dallas bench from 1996-2002. In his first tour with Dallas, Hitchcock earned a 277-154-72 record in 503 games as head coach. He currently ranks first in Stars franchise history in games coached (503), wins (277) and points percentage (.622). Hitchcock also amassed a 47-33 record in 80 Stanley Cup Playoff games during his first tenure with the Stars, making five appearances in the postseason. He guided Dallas to two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and led the Stars to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 1999.

"Ken Hitchcock is an established NHL coach that everyone here in Dallas is familiar with, and we couldn't be happier to welcome him back to the organization," said Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi. "A proven winner, Hitchcock knows exactly what it takes to be successful in this League and he is the perfect fit for what this team needs. His familiarity with the city of Dallas and the Stars organization definitely added to his appeal, and I'm confident that will he will greatly help our group in a number of areas."

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Why Ken Hitchcock Is A Fit In Dallas Again

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Sure, he's 65 now. Sure, the game has changed. Sure, this team is much younger than the one Hitchcock inherited back when "Macarena" was No. 1 on the charts.

But the signs of "déjà vu all over again" are all over the Stars.

Hitchcock came in and taught a highly skilled center named Mike Modano how to play two-way hockey, eventually seeing Modano earn votes as a Selke Trophy candidate.

Hitchcock came in and helped a veteran named Joe Nieuwendyk learn how to fit in as a No. 2 center, eventually seeing him win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP in the playoffs....

It's easy to look to the past and try to rebuild the best hockey memories Dallas has ever known, but it also makes a ton of sense.

Isn't Tyler Seguin in the same place Modano was? The speedy center has had plenty of success and ranks fifth in NHL scoring since he joined the Stars in 2013 with 306 points (133 goals, 173 assists) in 305 games. But Lindy Ruff was so frustrated by Seguin's defensive play that he slotted the 25-year-old at right wing for much of the season.

Wouldn't Hitchcock be the perfect guy to mold Seguin into a two-way player like Modano or Patrice Bergeron?

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Lindy Ruff Done In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that Lindy Ruff will not return as head coach for the 2017-18 season and the organization will immediately begin the process of hiring a new head coach. Ruff earned a record of 34-37-11 for 79 points as head coach with Dallas this season.

"I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas," said Nill. "Lindy is not only a highly respected coach, he more importantly is a great person and an outstanding family man whom I have the utmost respect for on and off the ice."

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