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“I’m starting to hear reports that Tyler Seguin has suffered what we believe might be a knee injury,” Kypreos said during the first intermission of a pre-tournament game between the U.S. and Finland.
The Dallas Stars forward crashed hard into the boards while trying to negate an icing call in Canada's pre-tournament opener against the U.S. on Friday, and was clipped by American Dustin Byfuglien in the neutral zone on Saturday.
"Everything I've gathered in a very short period of time is that this isn't a serious injury. That this could be a week-to-week situation, which means unfortunately for Seguin and Team Canada there's just not enough time to nurse him back to health."
added 9:27pm, Ryan O'Reilly will replaxe Seguin and a Dalls Stars press release is below...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars wrote one of the NHL's great success stories back in the '90s, and they're working on a pretty impressive sequel right now.
But selling hockey in Texas is difficult at the best of times, and that means the challenges to find success could be even tougher 20-something years into the process.
"As much as we had to start from scratch last time, I think having a history is actually something we do have to overcome now," said Stars CEO and President Jim Lites, who was with the team when it moved from Minnesota in 1993. "We were fresh and new and we had a chance to make a good first impression back then. Now, we've been here and people have formed opinions, and to be frank, some of that isn't good. I think going through a rough stretch and a bankruptcy created some apathy about our team, and now we have to change some minds, as well as reach out to a new audience."
The Stars appear to be doing that, pushing their average attendance to 18,376 last season and increasing buzz by posting the second-best record in the NHL at 50-23-9. And while the work of the sales and marketing people behind the scenes goes a long way in making the business successful, the product on the ice drives the profit margin.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Given the choice, Jamie Benn has decided to focus on silver and not gold right now.
The Stars captain has decided to the skip possibility of a gold medal at the prestigious World Cup of Hockey tournament in order to completely heal from summer surgery so that he can be 100 percent healthy for the start of the Stars season -- a campaign in which Benn and his teammates are fully focused on the shiny silver Stanley Cup.
"Giving everything I have to this organization is my main job, and I want to be ready to go when the season starts," Benn said. "I'm 100 percent committed to the Stars. That's why we made the decision."
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.
continue for more Q & A on the Stars
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."
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