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from the NHLPA,
Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons.
Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. The talented and highly skilled forward notched 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points over the course of his career. He also eclipsed the 100-point plateau in career playoff scoring, registering 105 points in 146 postseason games.
“I want to thank the fans and the five organizations I have played for: Tampa Bay, Dallas, and the three original six teams — the New York Rangers, Chicago, and Detroit. During my time with those teams I met many great people. I also want to thank the staff and management in those organizations for all the help and support they gave me. I appreciate all the trainers who did tireless work to help me play and keep me healthy. I had many amazing teammates and made many great friendships along the way that I truly appreciate, and I will never forget the great times we had together. Thank you to all my coaches for pushing, teaching and giving me the opportunity to play this great game. Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments. Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together,” said Brad Richards.
DALLAS, Texas - Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today at PM Standley Motorcars Party In The Park that the team has signed captain Jamie Benn to an eight-year, $76,000,000 contract extension (average annual value of $9,500,000), which will run through the 2024-25 season.
Benn, 26, finished the 2015-16 season ranked second in the NHL and first on the Stars with 89 points (41-48=89) in 82 regular-season games. He also shared second in the NHL in power play goals (17) and ranked third in goals (41), posting new career highs in each category. Benn appeared in all 82 games during the regular season, marking the second consecutive season and the third time in his career that he's appeared in all 82 contests. During the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Benn finished tied for 14th in the League and led the Stars with 15 points (5-10=15) in 13 postseason contests. He also finished tied for 11th in the NHL with 10 assists in the playoffs, while his six-game point streak was tied for the second-longest in the League during the postseason.
"The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me," said Benn. "In working with the Gaglardi family and Jim Nill, they have made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I'm happy to commit to that process for eight more years. My teammates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we're looking forward to getting this season started."
from the Dallas Morning News,
Mike Heika recently held a chat to talk all things Dallas Stars. Here are some highlights:
Question: Dirk has taken a lot of discounts here in Dallas. Do you think Jamie Benn would do the same to help bolster the roster?
Heika: This is going to be a very interesting negotiation, and Jim Nill will want to keep it all behind the scenes.
I think the Steven Stamkos signing in Tampa Bay opens the door for Jamie Benn to take a bit of a hometown discount. Stamkos probably could have commanded $11 million in free agency, but he took $8.5 million to stay in Tampa, citing no state tax and his desire to keep building a winning program. That set a precedent, and now it looks like everyone in Tampa is on board to take a little less.
Benn can do the same thing here. The cost of living is low, the value of the dollar is high, and he could take less in hopes of creating an environment where everyone is on a discount to make the team better. He's under no obligation to do so, but he can definitely help create a strong future in Dallas with this negotiation.
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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Moening News,
He can't say he doesn't trust the two goalies, because he might have to trust them up until the trade deadline. He can't say he plans to trade one of the young defensemen, because that's just not how you treat players currently on your team.
But he has to know, right?
Nill defends his two goalies by saying they won 25 games apiece last season, and he has a point. But the numbers say Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi were middle-of-the-pack statistically and won games largely because of a great deal of goal support....
So, the guess is Nill is looking for a change. That opportunity might come later when Lehtonen and Niemi have burned through some of their remaining salary and are more attractive in a possible trade. It could come if either or both have good regular seasons and become more attractive in a possible trade.
more and some defensive corp talk too...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Hamhuis said he understands his role will be as a mentor and calming force.
"I've got 12 years of NHL experience and a lot of international experience, as well, so I feel confident in that role," he said. "It's a role I embrace. I've got a very open mind coming in and want to help any way I can."
Hamhuis has played for Ruff in the Olympics and also played with several Stars players in World Championships with Team Canada. Like Patrick Sharp last season, Hamhuis said he appreciates coming to a team that has a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup. Dallas went 50-23-9 last season and lost in Game 7 of the second round to St. Louis. It is pushing to improve on that next season.
"You look at all of the boxes that could be ticked off -- fit in the community, on the team, role on the team -- and the Stars had so many of those boxes ticked off," Hamhuis said. "And one of the biggest boxes is they are in a window to win right now."
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Jack Campbell from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Campbell, 24 (born Jan. 9, 1992), appeared in 19 regular-season games with the Texas Stars (AHL) last season, posting a 7-7-5 record with a 3.65 GAA and a .884 SV%. He played in three playoff games with Texas, registering a 1-2 record, a 4.45 GAA and a .880 SV%. Campbell appeared in 20 regular-season games last year with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) as well, posting a 14-5-1 record with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV%.
The 6-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Mich., Campbell made his NHL debut (only NHL appearance) in the 2013-14 season making 41 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Drafted by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, he has appeared in 122 regular-season games with Texas, posting a 56-43-10 record with a 2.79 GAA, a .908 SV% and nine shutouts. He was also a member of the 2013-14 Calder Cup Championship team. Campbell has made multiple appearances for Team USA, highlighted by two Gold Medals at the U18 World Junior Championships (2008-09 and 2009-10), a Gold Medal and a Bronze Medal at the U20 World Junior Championships (2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively) and a Bronze Medal at the 2014-15 World Championships.
Ebert, 22, has appeared in 89 regular-season AHL games (with Ontario and Manchester) posting 26 points (10-16=26), a plus-15 rating and 46 penalty minutes. He was selected in the seventh round (211th overall) by the Kings in 2012 NHL Draft.
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FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (3-9=12) in 64 regular-season games. His three goals on the season tied a career-high. The blueliner finished third on the team with 94 blocked shots. He played one game during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering four penalty minutes and two blocked shots.
In 244 career regular-season games, all with Dallas, he has earned 56 points (9-47=56). In parts of five seasons, he has accumulated 327 hits and 369 blocks. The defenseman has made two Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances, recording three assists (0-3=3) in seven games.
"Jordie has earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff, and he's taken advantage of every opportunity put in front of him during his career," said Nill. "His ability to play in a variety of roles make him valuable to our defensive depth and flexibility, and we're happy to have him locked up for the next three seasons."
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired the negotiating rights to pending free agent defenseman Alex Goligoski from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a fifth round draft choice in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Coyotes can negotiate with Goligoski until July 1. If a new contract isn't reached with Goligoski before that date, the 30-year-old defenseman would become an unrestricted free agent.
Last season, the 5-foot-11, 185 pound defenseman played in all 82 games for the Stars, recording 5-32-37, 34 penalty minutes and was a plus-21. Goligoski ranked seventh on the Stars in scoring and was second among all Stars’ defensemen in points. He also played in 13 playoff games with the Stars, registering 4-3-7 and 6 penalty minutes.
In 562 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, the native of Grand Rapid, Minnesota has collected 55-222-277 and 200 penalty minutes. Goligoski was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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