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Great Start To The Season For John Klingberg And The Dallas Stars

Klingberg has 4 goals and 16 assists...

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The John Klingberg-for-Norris Trophy campaign might be starting in the stands at American Airlines Center or in fan message boards around town, but not in the Stars' locker room.

The sophomore sensation had a goal and two assists Saturday to lead a 3-2 overtime victory against the Minnesota Wild and expand his NHL lead in scoring by defensemen to 20 points in 18 games. However, he said he's not even thinking about the Norris, give to the best defenseman in the NHL.

"No, not at all, it's way too early," said Klingberg, who is now tied for fourth overall in NHL scoring. "I'm just glad the team is winning and I'm playing well."

Those two statements are definitely true. Dallas moved to 14-4-0, the best start in franchise history after 18 games, and moved one more point ahead of the red-hot Wild, who fell to 10-3-3. And Klingberg was exceptional on Saturday.


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The Dallas Stars Are Built By Trades

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

In this salary-cap era where teams are focused on building through the draft and maintaining long-range development plans, you could argue that the Stars are bucking that trend.

Since he took the reins in Dallas in 2013, you could call Nill Trader Jim if you wanted. He’s pulled the trigger on three blockbuster deals, adding Spezza from Ottawa, Seguin, the NHL’s leading scorer, from Boston and this past summer, forward Patrick Sharp and defenceman Johnny Oduya from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Nill simply believes he capitalized on a series of fortunate circumstances, one of them being they were a team rich in prospects.

“Our scouts had done a good job,” Nill said. “We had a lot of assets and we had cap room.

“It’s no secret when you look around the league that there are teams that are going to be in cap trouble. We just happen to have the right pieces to the puzzle that those teams needed and we made it work for us.”


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Afternoon Line- Cam Neely On Tyler Seguin

“I think looking back, we probably could have done some things differently with Tyler. You’ve got a young kid coming in, maybe we could have handled his living arrangements a little different and stuff like that, that we’ve talked about over the years. It’s something we certainly are addressing currently, and in the future we will continue to address.”

-Cam Neely, president of the Boston Bruins on Tyler Seguin.  More at CBSBoston.

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What Could Have Been In Boston

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Only two-plus seasons in, trading Tyler Seguin looks like a horrible mistake. The Dallas superstar, who is still only 23, could have 10-plus more years to compound the pain of a regrettable deal.

There is no questioning Seguin’s talent. Not after a three-goal, six-shot eruption at TD Garden on Tuesday that led the Stars to a 5-3 win. The ex-Bruin is one of the most skilled players in the league — a flammable package of speed, hands, creativity, and predatory offensive instincts.

That he’s doing this for another team didn’t have to happen.

“It’s just in the past now,” Seguin said of the prospect of being a lifelong Bruin. “I’ve moved on. I’m loving living in Dallas. I’m loving being a Dallas Star.”

Seguin didn’t want to leave. He planted roots in friendships with former linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron that will last forever.


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Stars, Sharks And Islanders Attendance Numbers Plus The Slumping Avs

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

- After enduring some down seasons and dwindling crowds, the West-leading Stars are experiencing a revival on the ice and at American Airlines Center. When Tom Gaglardi bought the franchise in 2011 the team's season ticket base was about 5,200; it's now about 11,600. For their first six home games the Stars averaged 17,828 fans, or 96.2% capacity; for all of last season they averaged 17,350, or 93.6% capacity.

On the flip side, the San Jose Sharks are down to 93.1% capacity after four home games, from 109.2% last season, and the New York Islanders' attendance has fallen since they moved to Brooklyn. They played to 94.8% capacity at the Nassau Coliseum last season but averaged 76.3% in their first eight home games at Barclays Center.

- The Colorado Avalanche (3-7-1) has won only one of its last seven games. Coach Patrick Roy, noting that six of the losses have been by one goal, has been blaming bad bounces and bad decisions. Or is it that they're just good enough to lose close games and not good enough to win them?

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Video- Jamie Benn Says Hello To Nazem Kadri

No penalty on the play and the Leafs did defeat the Stars 4-1.


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How Bout Them Stars

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"We know we can score," said Nill. "It's doing the other parts of the game that make you a playoff contender type of team. That's where we need to get to, and we're getting there."

Nill brought Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya from the Chicago Blackhawks this past offseason and those moves have already paid dividends in helping influence a team that hopes to learn how to win.

Especially when you see a top-end forward like Sharp not cheat and commit to a two-way game, that message is powerful.

"You watch him, he makes the big backcheck at the right time, strips the puck away, just a good all-around player," said Nill. "You can tell, he's got the pedigree and knows what it takes. He's got a calming effect."


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The Dallas Stars Are The Top Team In The Western Conference

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars can score goals, they proved that last season when they were second in the NHL.

But they are doing something different this year, making those goals stand up. Dallas came back from a two-goal third period deficit to defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, in overtime Thursday at American Airlines Center.

"What's really good to see is we had a tough time with adversity last year, and this year we've started off where we're learning to battle through some tough situations and come up with some big wins," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

Dallas pushes to 8-2-0 on the season and leads the Western Conference. The Stars overcame a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 win over Anaheim Tuesday and crawled back from a goal 10 seconds into the third period that gave Vancouver a 3-1 lead.

"That's something that last year would have turned the game the other way," Ruff said.


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Mattias Janmark Quickly Adjusting To The NHL

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The whirlwind start to the rookie season of Mattias Janmark is even more improbable than it looks on the surface.

Not only was the 22-year-old forward expected to return to Sweden to play this season, but he also was programmed to play on ice that's much bigger and didn't really consider the challenges of North American hockey until he arrived in September.

"It's a lot different, I didn't really think about how different it would be," Janmark said of playing on a sheet that's 85 feet wide, 15 feet narrower than European rinks. It's a bit more of a puck possession game back home, and you have more time. Here, it's a bit smaller and tighter. But I think it's fun, I think you get more opportunities here."

In fact, Janmark's ability to adapt quickly has created an opportunity to establish his NHL career right now. While he was a center in Sweden who liked to skate the puck up ice and hold onto it for long stretches, waiting for just the right moment to make a pass, he has had to become a reactor in the NHL. Janmark has moved to the wing and plays with puck possession centers like Jason Spezza. As such, he's playing a different game than he has ever played before, and he's doing a great job of it.


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Video- Jason Demers Suspended Two Games For Elbowing

Patrick Burke explains the suspension.


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