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Tyler Seguin – The Stars’ game-breaker scored another pair of goals in a 3-2 win over Edmonton, giving him 10 goals in the last nine games, and a league-leading 17 goals on the season.
Since arriving in Dallas last season, Seguin ranks third in the league with 52 goals and is tied for second with 110 points in 101 games and he does a lot of his damage at even strength, with 38 of his goals coming at even strength (tied for second) and Seguin and linemate Jamie Benn are among the league’s most efficient even-strength scorers.
Among players with at least 500 5-on-5 minutes since the start of last season:
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Old-fashioned hip check by Demers on Jarret Stoll.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars continued to shake up their defense Friday, sending Brenden Dillon to San Jose for Jason Demers and a third round draft pick, according to an NHL source.
Dallas already traded Sergei Gonchar to Montreal last week and lost Kevin Connauton to Columbus on waivers this week, so this makes the third defenseman to leave in the first two months of the season.
Dallas Stars release is below...
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed center Jason Spezza to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Spezza, 31, has posted 18 points (4-14=18) in 20 games played during his first season as a Dallas Star. His 14 assists are tied for ninth in the League and first on the Stars. On Nov. 8 vs. San Jose, he appeared in his 700th career NHL game and recorded career point number 700. He became just the second player to do that, joining Ilya Kovalchuk who was selected first overall in Spezza's 2001 NHL Draft class. In 706 career regular season games, he has posted 705 points (255-450=705).
"Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas," said Nill. "The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team."
Head coach Lindy Ruff post-game from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
“This is the biggest test I’ve ever been through. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through anything like this in the home building. We drew up a little bit of a different game plan. I thought if I got Eakin, Seguin and Benn out against some certain individuals that we could get them on the board and get them going. You get one thing going and another goes sideways. We’ve had great games here where we just couldn’t get that big save to win the game. You also need one less big mistake at certain times.”
more reaction from Ruff and players too...
Daryl Reaugh's comments after the game...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars have six players on the roster (and several more in the minors) for whom English is a second language. They are at varying stages of development — as players and as linguists. Valeri Nichushkin is trying to grasp English and struggles to speak it. Kari Lehtonen now uses English as his primary language, and has changed how his brain works.
“When I first came into the league, I would have to translate in my head and change everything back to Finnish,” said the 30-year-old goalie from Helsinki, Finland. “Now, I think in English most of the time when I’m around people speaking English.”
Such processing is complicated for players, who have to soak up instruction in practice, communicate on the bench during games and then ultimately deal with teammates while play is racing around them on the ice. It’s something that can make or break a team.
“It’s on the coaches to make sure they understand, and so we try a lot of different things,” Ruff said. “You use video or translators or teammates to get the message across.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Modano went from being a player looking for space to one willing to fight for that space, Hitchcock said.
"I saw that evolution," he said.
It was not an easy transformation. Modano recalled having the conversations with Hitchcock and his coaching staff -- including defensive genius Doug Jarvis, Rick Wilson and perhaps the greatest defensive player of all time in Bob Gainey, who at the time was the Stars' GM.
Maybe "conversation" isn't the right term. Maybe "browbeating sessions" would be more accurate. What they were saying to Modano seemed counterintuitive to how he'd played his whole career, his whole raison d'etre, if you will.
"Bob and I talked about this until we were blue in the face," Modano said. "He would say, 'Mike, you can't play the way you're playing and expect to win and be consistent and be what we want you to be,' I really was unsure of what he was saying."
Finally, though, it wasn't so much of an epiphany as a beatdown that led to Modano's buying in.
MONTREAL (November 11, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars, in return for forward Travis Moen.
Gonchar, 40, recorded one assist in three games thus far with the Stars in 2014-15, averaging 13:01 of ice time per game. He missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury.
Since he first joined the NHL back in 1994-95, Gonchar has recorded a total of 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular season games. He scored 102 goals on the powerplay, two while shorthanded and 35 winning tallies. The 6' 2'' and 210 lbs forward also served 965 penalty minutes and displays a +26 plus/minus differential.
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