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Jim Nill Trusts His Youngsters On Defense

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Like a wine stain on a wedding gown, the Stars’ defense still has many fans seeing red.

While general manager Jim Nill put some zing in his second line and added an admirable project at backup goalie this week, he didn’t touch the defense. That’s right, nothing. And haven’t you been hearing for the last four years that the blueline is where this team needs the most attention?

But Nill said he has a plan, and it’s to trust the kids. His changes will come in the form of Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth, John Klingberg, Jyrki Jokipakka and Cameron Gaunce. Nill is betting that at least two of those youngsters will take a step forward, and that the remaining defensemen will be as good or better than last season.

“I’m excited about our defense,” Nill said. “We’ve got three or four young kids that are knocking on the door from the Calder Cup championship down in Texas. We think we’ve got lots of different options. We know they’re all going to get better. We think we’re going to be just fine.”


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All Jim Nill

from Pat Pickens of Sportsnet,

What do you believe you are getting with Spezza?
He’s an elite hockey player. He’s over a point-per-game player in the NHL. They don’t just fall out of the sky. He’s in the prime of career. He’s a big body, he’s got great hands, great vision. He’s going to help our power play. He’s played in the Stanley Cup playoffs before and the Stanley Cup Final and the world championships. We’re getting an elite player in the prime of his career.

Given how formidable the rest of the Western Conference is, plus the moves others have made, was this a move you felt you had to make to remain competitive?
We knew we had to address that hole in our lineup when I came in here last year. If I didn’t get Spezza, we had to turn to another option. We had Jamie Benn playing centre because we had no other options. It was a hole to get filled, and it turned out well to get Jason Spezza.

How much risk do you associate with this deal, considering Spezza will still be a free agent next summer?
I’m not too worried about the contract. His agent [Rick Curran] and I have spoken, and we’re going to get Jason in here to show him around the area. I’m pretty confident we’re going to get a contract done.


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Vernon Fiddler Had Better Offers But Returns To Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Vernon Fiddler took less money Wednesday to come back to the Dallas Stars, and that’s what the “culture” of Jim Nill’s makeover can create.

“Honestly, I had better offers. But I wanted to stay with this team and finish the job,” Fiddler said after signing a two-year deal that will pay him $1 million next season and $1.5 million in 2015-16. “There is a real attraction to playing here and playing to win, and seeing this through. I think this is going to be a really good team, and I want to be a part of that.”

Fiddler completes the off-season for Nill. The general manager said he is done with acquisitions after trading for center Jason Spezza and signing winger Ales Hemsky, goalie Anders Lindback and forwards Patrick Eaves and Fiddler as free agents. The Stars have a full roster, with the only thing to be determined is how many kids from the AHL-champion Texas Stars earn a spot on the team in training camp.


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The Dallas Stars Now Have Offensive Options

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars coach was asked what he felt he could do with his two new “top-six” forwards Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, and he answered with bemusement.

“Well,” he said with a chuckle, “I think the options are almost limitless.”

When Stars general manager Jim Nill made a trade early Tuesday to acquire Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and then later in the day signed Hemsky to a three-year free-agent contract for $4 million a season, he solved a lot of problems for Ruff.

One, he created a real second line that will take pressure off of leading scorers Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Two, he propped up a sagging power play (23rd in the NHL at 15.9 percent) and created the possibility of two solid units on the man advantage. And three, he allowed Ruff to ponder a third line of Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt that cashed in for 47 goals last season.

“You look at what we have now, and we really have a great top nine,” Ruff said of moving the Eakin line from second line to third. “You can do a lot with that. You can create mismatches, you can get away from matchups [the other team wants], you can juggle your personnel.”


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Ales Hemsky To Dallas

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Spezza On His Way To Dallas


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Dallas Stars Announce Compliance Buyout On Aaron Rome

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the club used a compliance buyout, as allowed by the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, on defenseman Aaron Rome. Rome had one year remaining on his current, three-year contract with Dallas. 

Rome, 30, earned one assist in 25 games with Dallas during the 2013-14 regular season, and appeared in one postseason contest with the club. He also recorded one assist in eight regular season contests with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. In his two seasons with Dallas, the Nesbitt, Manitoba native earned six points, all assists, in 52 regular-season contests.

Rome has tallied 28 career points (6-22=28) in 226 regular-season games with Anaheim, Columbus, Vancouver and Dallas. Originally selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound defenseman was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2012. 

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Dallas Stars Owner Happy With The Team’s Progress

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars named a new GM, a new coach and added a new No. 1 center. They changed their look, changed their personality and changed their reputation in the NHL in pretty much 12 months.

“The perception is completely changed, and I think that’s both locally and nationally,” Stars president Jim Lites said. “The feeling right now is we’re moving up, and I think at the heart of that process is Tom buying the team and doing what he’s done as an owner.”

Gaglardi said he’s having fun. The Vancouver businessman, whose family owns hotels and restaurants in Canada, is feeling the rhythm of ownership and is excited about the progress this season. He knows that the team can’t be completely turned in one season, but he also knows that this was a giant step forward.

“If you look on the ice, off the ice, it’s just all coming together,” he said. “You go into something like this thinking you can change things and make a difference, but to see it happen is very satisfying. We have a long way to go, but we made some huge steps this year.”


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First Round: How Did We Do?

Well what a night that was!  Three Game Sevens and now we start the second round later today.

Before the second round starts let’s take a look at how we did predicting the first round.

I will put my own predictions up to bat:

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Video- Ducks Advance To The Second Round After OT Win In Dallas

Nick Bonino scored early in OT for the Anaheim Ducks thus advancing them to the second round of the playoffs to meet the San Jose/Los Angeles winner.

Here is the OT goal and check out Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News for post game reaction from both sides.


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