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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.
Dallas release is below...
via the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer. Out of respect for Dave and his family, the specifics of his illness and treatment will not be disclosed.
Dallas Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites
"The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader's cancer diagnosis. As he goes through his treatment, all of our thoughts and prayers are directed to Dave, his wife Colleen, their son Christopher and his wife Karen and daughter Sydney, their son Casey and his wife Dr. Mary, and their son Trevor. We wish Dave a full recovery and will support him through his battle.
"Dave's work in both local markets and on the national stage have made his voice synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe in his 36 years in the booth. We know that he's touched a lot of people throughout his career thus far and those wanting to send well-wishes are encouraged to send Dave a note at WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com."
Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer, Dave Strader
"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me. With my wife Colleen and our family, along with the full support of the Dallas Stars organization, we are ready to meet this challenge. We don't have to look very far for inspiration as Bekki Nill has shown us all how to meet this dreaded disease head-on. Personally, her example will serve as a great guide. I want to thank everyone for their support as I proceed with treatment."
The Dallas Stars respect Dave's request for privacy regarding his condition at this time, and will provide further updates on his status when they are available.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Quite honestly, I thought they would pursue a Lehtonen buyout.
But, a new option appears to be forming, and it might be the one the Stars embrace. What if you return both Lehtonen and Niemi to start next season, and then keep your eyes open for a goaltending move? The three reasons this could be the way they go are: 1.) The NHL is expecting an expansion draft in the summer of 2017; 2.) the contracts for Lehtonen and Niemi get more tradeable as they get closer to expiration...and 3.) the goalie share program worked in the regular season to the tune of a 50-23-9 record.
If you come back and have a solid regular season, would a team take a chance on Lehtonen if he was playing well and had just one year remaining? Would they do it at the trade deadline if the Stars were to make it worth their while? Also, would a team be open to trading their No. 1 goalie if they looked like they were going to miss the playoffs and didn't want to lose him in the expansion draft.
Ottawa is a great example for this. Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond each are solid goalies who have done a good job in a high-risk system. Anderson is 34 and has two years remaining at a cap hit of $4.2 million.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Jamie Benn will be in the final year of his contract in 2016-17, and said he would like to get a new deal done in the summer.
"Going into the last year of your contract, you don't want it to be a distraction for your team," Benn said. "I'll let Jim (Nill) and my agent try to figure that out."
Benn, who is one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy as league MVP, is probably in the market for a deal similar to the eight years, $80 million that was recently signed by Anze Kopitar of the Kings. While Benn could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017, he said he doesn't want to leave the Stars.
"This is where I want to play, this is where I want to be," Benn said. "I don't think it's going to be a problem."
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
In one game, the Stars took one of their best seasons in recent memory and turned it into a long list of question marks for the offseason.
In taking a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center Wednesday in Game 7 of a second round series, Dallas opened the door for a lot of criticism.
"It's a huge disappointment," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "It's not our team. It's not the ending you want."
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots, the fourth time in the playoffs the Stars have pulled their starting goalie. That calls into question whether the two-goalie system can work in the NHL. While Dallas rode Lehtonen and Antti Niemi to 50 wins and the second round of the playoffs, there will be plenty out there who expect the Stars to look at a possible change with the two goalies, who each have two more years on their respective contracts.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
As Wednesday went along, the anxiety at workplaces throughout St. Louis continued to build. Sixteen days after sitting through an agonizing Game 7 against Chicago, waiting until the third period for the game-winning goal, how could Blues fans make it through another?
The club made it much easier on everybody this time.
Sure, there were perhaps many not ready to jump the gun on a trip to the Western Conference finals, but after the Blues jumped Dallas with a first period that took the air out of American Airlines Center, they left little suspense in a 6-1 win over the Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The Blues are headed to the NHL’s final four for just the seventh time in franchise history — the first time since 2001 — and with Washington and Dallas being eliminated, they are assured home-ice advantage the rest of the way. First up will be the winner of Nashville-San Jose, who will decide their series with a Game 7 Thursday.
Game highlights are below...
In a much anticipated game 7, the Blues took a 3-0 1st period lead and never looked back. Final score was 5-1.
St. Louis now waits for the winner of Nashville/San Jose tomorrow night.
Game 1 of the WCF looks like it will be played on Saturday but nothing official at this point.
St. Louis @ Dallas 8:00 PM ET, NBCSN, SN & TVAS
The winner of tonight's game moves on to the Western Conference Final.
It should be an exciting game and I am going with Dallas.
Feel free to comment on the game.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
A series that has been equal parts entertaining and unpredictable comes to a close starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Dallas. Here’s what to watch for as the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars try to end each other’s season in Game 7:
• Stars coach Lindy Ruff met with his team Wednesday and reminded them that they have to play this game with the same risk-taking instincts that have been so successful all season. He doesn’t want his team playing conservative hockey just because it’s Game 7. The Stars are a high-risk team and have to remain so tonight.
“The situations I’m talking about aren’t the careless ones where we’re giving up breakaways and two-on-ones. The high risk I’m talking about is the gap up, is playing those crucial one-on-ones, where you’re going to trust a guy so we can stay in,” Ruff said Wednesday morning. “That’s the risk we need in our game … Let’s contest the ice. Don’t back off.”
Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said the Stars are dangerous when everyone is on the same page and playing with the same level of liability. They become vulnerable when they aren't.
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