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All Jim Nill

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Obviously, there is some concern about Perry, who was bought out by the Ducks and struggled last season with 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 31 regular season games. What convinced you he was the right fit for the Stars?

"I've seen him for all these years and I know what his credentials are. He had a knee injury, ACL total reconstruction. Just from a historical perspective of how those things are, it takes a year to bounce back. We think he is going to have a better year. We like what he brings. He brings a presence. He's a net-front guy, involved in the action all the time. I think he is going to bring a little fire to our lineup with the way he plays."

Defenseman Miro Heiskanen is emerging as one of the brightest young players in the League. What are your feelings about him?

"He just turned 20 (on July 18), so he has more growth in him. Some guys are gifted. He's gifted, and it's not just on the ice, it's off the ice. He's a very mature kid, very relaxed. Great hockey sense. He has the capability to skate and he has a great stick and a head. He's got a high ceiling."

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Videos- Season Preview For The Dallas Stars

from Brett Amadon of NHL.com,

The Dallas Stars know how close they were last season to advancing to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2008, and they're determined to get there this time around.

The Stars, who missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs the previous two seasons, qualified in their first year under coach Jim Montgomery. Dallas eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games in the first round before losing to the St. Louis Blues in double overtime of Game 7 the following series.

"I think you always use it as motivation because we were that close, yet we were so far," Montgomery said. "I think everybody knows the hardest part to win a Stanley Cup is making sure you make the playoffs. That's our outlook right now, is to get off to a great start in October so we don't have to do what the Blues did (go from last in NHL standings on Jan. 3 to winning the Stanley Cup)."

If they hope to achieve the ultimate goal, the Stars will have to start a trend; they have not qualified for the playoffs in consecutive seasons since five straight appearances from 2003-08.

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How Good Are The Dallas Stars?

from Mike Heika, Brien Rea, Owen Newkirk and Bruce LeVine of DallasStars.com,

1. After grabbing veterans Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry and Andrej Sekera in free agency to fill some key holes in the lineup, expectations are seemingly sky-high for the Stars around the league. Is it smart to say the window is now open for this group to take its next step toward a Stanley Cup?

Mike Heika, DallasStars.com Senior Staff Writer: I think they have been pushing to open this window for a few years, and they have reached that point with the peak of players like Tyler Seguin, Ben Bishop and John Klingberg. Mix in some good free agents, and that creates opportunities that weren't there last season. Then, I think finding the right coaching staff brings it all together.

Every team is trying to do the same thing, but on paper, it looks like the Stars have all the pieces to be a contender in 2019-20.

Brien Rea, FOX Sports Southwest Host: The window has been open going back to the 2015-16 team with the best record in the Western Conference. After Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg, Jim Nill built up the core adding Alexander Radulov, Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and Ben Bishop. Now, can Nill finish off the puzzle with the secondary ingredients to elevate this team. After last year's playoff run, hopefully Pavelski, Perry and Sekera are the final pieces.

On paper, the Stars are a contender. The question is whether they take that next step on the ice and not suffer a setback, like they did in the years following that 2015-16 campaign.

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Good Advice

Matthew DeFranks, 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 of the highlights:

Question: Some are comparing this Stars team to the 1999 championship squad. Do you think that's going too far?

DeFranks: Yes. That 1999 team had six Hall of Famers. Comparing the two would be very premature, especially considering that the 1998 Stars team won the Presidents' Trophy and the 1997 Stars team was tied for second-best in the league. This year's Stars are not at that level. But they don't have to outrun the bear (the 1999 Stars), they just have to outrun the others (the 2019-20 NHL teams).

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Joe Pavelski Signs With The Dallas Stars

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Joe Paveleski to a three-year contract, which will run through the 2021-22 season. The three-year contract is worth $21,000,000 and has an average annual value (AAV) of $7,000,000.

Pavelski, 34, registered 64 points (38-26=64) in 75 regular-season games during the 2018-19 campaign with the San Jose Sharks. The forward finished the season ranked first on the club and shared 14th in the NHL in goals (38), which was tied for the second-highest regular season total of his NHL career. He led the team and shared 12th in the League with 12 power play goals, while he finished tied on the Sharks with six game-winning goals. In 2018-19, Pavelski became the fifth player in the history of the NHL to record 700 career points and the 13th to reach the 900 games played plateau among players selected 200th or later in the NHL Draft. During the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the forward posted nine points (4-5=9) in 13 postseason contests and ranked third on the team with two power play goals.

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Corey Perry Signing Is Official In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed right wing Corey Perry to a one-year, $1.5-million contract, plus an additional $1.75-million in performance-based incentives.

Perry, 34, recorded ten points (6-4=10) in 31 regular-season games played for Anaheim in 2018-19. His season began on Feb. 2, as he missed the first 51 games due to a knee injury. He did not miss a game after returning to the lineup.

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Corey Perry Heading To Dallas

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Roman Polak Will Be Back In Dallas Next Season

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Roman Polak to a one-year, $1.75-million contract extension.

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Esa Lindell Signs A Six-Year Extension With The Dallas Stars

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract extension, which will run through the 2024-25 season. The six-year contract is worth $34,800,000 and has an average annual value (AAV) of $5,800,000.

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