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“I am very excited because I know they are going to be doing everything to make sure the team is going to be turned around and move forward, and the team is going to be better next year. I feel like the organization is going to improve the team over the summer, and I am really excited to be part of it.”
“My priority at this stage of my career is to really have a chance to win every night. You want to be on a team that is competing every night, trying to win every night and has a chance to make the playoffs and go far in the playoffs and win a Cup. I just don’t want to sign and be somewhere where you make your money and you be happy. The most important reason I signed with Dallas is because after I talked to them I find out they are going to sign more players, they are going to improve the team and they are going to do whatever it takes to make that next step. That’s what made me sign with them.”
-Sergei Gonchar on signing with the Dallas Stars, via Mark Stepneski of the Dallas Stars website.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed defenseman Sergei Gonchar to a two-year, $10 million ($5 million per season) contract through the 2014-15 season.
"Sergei is a high-end offensive defenseman who can quarterback a power play and help generate offense from the blue line," Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill said. "Sergei has had an impressive NHL career and has been a big contributor to Ottawa's offense over the last three seasons. We are excited to see him continue his career here in Dallas the next two years."
The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract with defenceman Sergei Gonchar, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.
The deal is pending the completion of signed paperwork.
The Stars acquired Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators on Friday in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in this year's draft.
Dreger reported that Gonchar's agent, JP Barry, was given permission to find a trade partner for Ottawa when the Senators decided not to re-sign the veteran defenceman. KHL interest accelerated the process for Gonchar, who will likely agree to a two-year deal with the Stars.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has acquired the rights to defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound blueliner from Chelyabinsk, Russia spent the last three seasons with the Ottawa Senators, appearing in 186 games and posting 91 points (15G-76A) with 101 penalty minutes. Amongst NHL defensemen in 2012-13, Gonchar was tied for fifth in assists (24) and shared 12th in points (27). He led Ottawa defensemen in scoring and ranked second on the team with 27 points (3G-24A) and first on the club in total assists.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today the team has traded the rights to defenceman Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
“We thank Sergei for his efforts in Ottawa,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “We felt that this trade will give Sergei the opportunity to extend his career in the NHL and we wish him success with the Stars.
DALLAS - The Dallas Stars unveiled a new primary and secondary logo, along with a new color scheme and new uniform set as part of their sweeping rebrand and transformation on Tuesday night. Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi revealed the new logo and uniform along with Stars President and CEO Jim Lites, General Manager Jim Nill, Executive Advisor Mike Modano, and Stars forward Jamie Benn at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. It is the team's first major logo overhaul since the club moved from Minnesota to Texas in 1993.
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coach Paul Jerrard have been relieved of their coaching duties, effective immediately.
"I would like to thank Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard for the work they provided to the Dallas organization over the past four seasons," said Nill. "They are both quality coaches and men, but we have decided to go in a different direction with our coaching staff and we wish them well in their next endeavors."
Gulutzan, 41, was the 21st head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 42-35-5 record in 2011-12, and a mark of 22-22-4 in the shortened 2013 campaign.
Assistant coach Curt Fraser and goaltending coach Mike Valley will both be retained by the club moving forward.
DALLAS – Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi announced today that he has named Jim Nill the team’s new General Manager at a press conference at American Airlines Center. He will begin his new role immediately, becoming the 11th General Manager in franchise history and sixth since the team moved to Dallas.
“Jim Nill, along with Ken Holland, has been at the core of the Detroit Red Wings front office for nearly two decades and we are extremely excited to secure him as our new General Manager,” said Gaglardi. “Jim’s record in Detroit speaks for itself, contributing to four Stanley Cup championships, as well as drafting and developing some of the league’s best players.
“Jim is universally respected throughout the hockey world and we are very fortunate to have him as our General Manager. We are confident that his leadership, expertise, work ethic and direction will position the club for consistent success once again.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Joe Nieuwendyk was officially informed Saturday of owner Tom Gaglardi’s decision to go with a new general manager, but said he sensed there was a change afoot for some time.
“I think it’s important for Tom to pick the people he wants involved in the hockey department,” Nieuwendyk said Sunday in Frisco. “Tom could have let me go when he bought the team, but he didn’t, he gave me an opportunity and I’m thankful for that. But I hint it’s import for him to move forward with his guys and it’s important for me to take a little time off and spend It with my family.”
Nieuwendyk said he has no regrets with any decisions he has made in his four years at the helm, and said he’s proud of the shape in which he’s leaving he franchise.
“I’m very proud of what we accomplished,” he said. “I know you get measured on getting to the playoffs and challenging for Stanley Cups, but I feel we’ve made a lot of progress in four years. I feel good about this group of players moving forward.”
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi announced today that he has relieved Joe Nieuwendyk of his duties as General Manager of the hockey club.
"Joe Nieuwendyk has represented the Dallas Stars extremely well as the club's General Manager and has helped put pieces in place that will once again turn this team into a contender," said Gaglardi. "I would like to thank Joe for his contributions to this hockey club and wish him and his family only the best in the future.
"However, I believe it is time to take this organization in a different direction with our intentions set on returning to the elite of the National Hockey League. My commitment to the Dallas Stars is unwavering, and I am confident we have found the right General Manager to return us to the pathway of success."
Nieuwendyk's contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.
The Dallas Stars will introduce the club's new General Manager on Monday morning (April 29) at American Airlines Center at 11 am CT.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
On the season, the Stars aren’t in the top 10 in any main statistical category. They are 11th in scoring at 2.72, but 24th in GAA at 2.94. They are 17th on the power play at 17.3 percent and 17th on the penalty kill at 80.6 percent. They fixed their power play and power play opportunities (sixth in 2012-13) from last season, when they finished 30th and 28th respectively, but they still were 29th in times shorthanded after finishing 27th last season.
That’s not the progress the team was seeking.
So, while the rally has felt great, it pales a little under proper autopsy. What’s more, the Stars just faced some hungry teams in St. Louis, LA, San Jose and Columbus, and could get just one point in those four games. That sounds like a playoff sweep just waiting to happen. Or it sounds like they didn’t earn a trip to the post-season.
Do the Stars need big changes? Those are questions owner Tom Gaglardi and his lieutenants will have to ponder in the coming days and weeks.
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