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Video- A Tribute To Dave Strader


added 11:59am, Below, The NHL Network remembers Dave Stader.

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Dave Strader Has Passed Away

FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars mourn the passing of television legend Dave Strader at the age of 62. He passed away this morning after battling cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer, for over a year. Strader is survived by his wife, Colleen, son Christopher and wife Karen, their daughter Sydney (granddaughter) and beloved Boston terrier Lady Stanley, son Casey and wife Dr. Mary, their son Charles (grandson), and son Trevor.

Strader's legendary television career was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame on April 17, 2017 when it was announced that he was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. He will be honored at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon on Nov. 13 in Toronto, Ontario and his award plaque will be displayed in the Esso Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside past award recipients.

Known affectionately as "The Voice", Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season. Following that campaign, he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma and was limited to calling five games for the team during the 2016-17 regular season. In his return to the booth on Feb. 18, the Stars won a memorable game in which Antoine Roussel recorded a hat trick and Jamie Benn won the game with an overtime goal in a 4-3 victory against Tampa Bay. Following the game, Benn organized an impromptu team-wide salute to Strader, raising their sticks to the venerable play-by-play man who was stationed in the broadcast booth above them.  That game garnered two Lone Star Emmy nominations that were announced earlier this week.  Strader also went on to call a number of games for NBC during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Afternoon Line- Tyler Seguin

"There's a certain point when you're sitting in the off-season, we had a long one, you kind of reflect and you think of certain games and that was definitely one that stuck out to me individually where I look back on it and say, '(Blank), what were you doing?'

"It was a miserable last 10 or 12 games knowing we were out, you don't want to lose that feeling. And individually, there were lots of points you look back and say next year, 'I'm going to be better here' and 'I'm going to be even more consistent here' and 'I need to think more defensively there.'

"It all adds up."

-Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.  Scott Burnside of DallasStars.com has more.

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Stanley Cup Talk In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Frustration can be a very effective motivator, if you use it correctly.

The Stars have been driven to make a run at a championship this year, in part because they have won one playoff series in the last nine seasons, and in part because they are coming off one of the most frustrating campaigns in franchise history.

And they're fine with that.

"We're not rebuilding, we said that right from the end of last season," said Stars president and CEO Jim Lites. "We've been rebuilding for the better part of a decade. We're through with that."

And so, as training camp is set to begin Friday in Cedar Park, the Stars have constructed a team they believe can win the Stanley Cup. That's right, a team that finished 24th in points in 2016-17 at 34-37-11 honestly believes it can win it all.

And with good reason.


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An Important Year For Tyler Seguin

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News did an online Q & A.

Is there really any merit in the "Seguin might be traded eventually" talk other than that it's just fun (and/or scary) to talk about? Are we discussing it just to help convince ourselves it won't happen?

It's something that happens in a lot of towns. Tampa Bay had the discussion over Steven Stamkos before he signed an 8-year deal that averages $8.5 million. The Islanders are having the same discussion over John Tavares. Heck, the Texas Rangers didn't want to get rid of Yu Darvish, but a big contract forced their hand.

Tyler Seguin has two years left at $5.75 million per. His next contract could be in the $9-10 million per year range. Are the Stars ready to commit to that deal when they already are paying Jamie Benn $9.5 million. It's a real hard question to answer.

The Stars have two years to make a final decision, but they also don't want to lose Seguin for nothing if they can't make the money work.

That's really the only reason for the discussion, but it's a pretty good reason. The Stars probably want to make a decision to sign an extension or make a trade by next summer. That's why I think this is a very important year for Seguin.

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Dallas Stars Statement On Proposed Bathroom Legislation In Texas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars President and CEO James R. Lites issued the following statement regarding the proposed bathroom legislation:

"When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 we were fortunate to encounter success early on, and we've cultivated what we consider to be the best fan base in the National Hockey League. Dallas was warm and welcoming when we came to this great city 25 years ago, and it remains so today. The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation. We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all.

We're thrilled that Dallas will host the NHL Draft next year, and we're grateful that the NHL sees the true Dallas that we know and love, a Dallas that is friendly and vibrant. Dallas will be a wonderful host city and we're grateful for the NHL's business. We are proud of our home and want every visitor to feel at home here, too, and that' s why we oppose this discriminatory bathroom legislation."

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The Dallas Stars Will Host The 2018 NHL Draft

NEW YORK (July 29, 2017) – The Dallas Stars™ will host the 2018 NHL Draft™ at American Airlines Center, the National Hockey League, Stars and City of Dallas announced today. The 2018 event will mark the first time the Stars and the City of Dallas will host the NHL Draft. The Dallas Stars franchise will celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary during the upcoming 2017-18 season, and will host special events throughout the year to commemorate the Club’s milestone. 

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Morning Line- Jamie Benn

It's exciting. We're making changes for the better here and for the long-term. I think we've brought in some pretty key pieces that we need to take that next step. It's not easy to win in this league especially in our division, we've got a pretty tough division. It's exciting the players that we brought in. We all kind of have our group chat going around and the boys are excited. Hopefully we can put this together quick and find some team chemistry, really bond well as a team.

-Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars.  Benn did a Q & A with Scott Burnside, read it at the Stars website.

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Radek Faksa Re-Signs With The Dallas Stars For Three Years

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has re-signed center Radek Faksa to a three-year, $6.6-million contract.

Faksa, 23, posted 33 points (12-21=33) in 80 games for Dallas during the 2016-17 regular season, his first full season in the NHL. On the season, he finished fourth on the team with 101 hits and his 33 points were tied for fifth.  He finished second amongst team forwards with 62 blocked shots, which were tied for 21st amongst all League forwards.

In his career, Faksa has played 125 regular-season games over two seasons with Dallas. In total, he has posted 45 points (17-28=45). He also appeared in 13 games for the Stars during the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallying five points (3-2=5) and two game-winning goals.

"We're thrilled to have Radek locked in for the next three seasons as he is an important part of what we're building here," said Nill. "He has proven to be a trustworthy, 200-foot player and we fully expect him to continue growing in all areas of his game."

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The Much Improved Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars showed Monday they are in win-now mode, signing Alexander Radulov to a five-year contract that averages $6.25 million.

Radulov, who turns 31 on Wednesday, is a talented right wing who has battled some controversy in his career but showed last season in his return to the NHL that he has matured quite a bit. After bouncing between the NHL and the KHL, Radulov signed a one-year deal with Montreal to prove he could be a viable NHLer. He tallied 54 points (18 goals, 36 assists) in 76 games and added seven points in six playoff games (two goals, five assists).

That was enough to impress the Stars to make a significant financial leap. Adding the Radulov signing to the acquisition of goalie Ben Bishop (six years at $4.9 million), center Martin Hanzal (three years at $4.75 million) and defenseman Marc Methot (two years at $4.9 million) is a huge investment by owner Tom Gaglardi and his father, Bob, but it also makes the Stars a much better team.


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