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Not The Start They Were Looking For

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“You have to give credit where credit is due,” Vigneault said, the coach praising the Coyotes and goaltender Mike Smith’s puck-handling skills for negating the Blueshirts’ forecheck game. “Their goaltender handles the puck very well but we’re party responsible, too, because we have to put the puck in the corners, which we weren’t that efficient at doing.”

more on the Rangers losing to Phoenix

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“We just didn’t play well enough,” the new Stars coach said after his team dropped a 4-2 season opener Thursday to Florida at American Airlines Center. “Maybe we thought it was going to be a little easier … that’s what I took from the game.”

more on the Stars losing to Florida

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

"I thought we had a really good start in the first 10 minutes playing the way we should," said new Canucks coach John Tortorella. "We turn a couple over after we score the [first] goal and they mounted on us there and surged and we lost the momentum. We played in spurts. Kind of a disjointed game with all the penalties.

"We have a lot to learn with tenacity and consistently being on pucks. Some good things and some teachable things. It's consistency."

more on the Canucks losing to the Sharks

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A Different Angle On The Dallas Stars

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

At this time of year everybody has a take on the upcoming season.

The general consensus from pundits, scribes, “insiders” and “experts” is that the Stars will be a bubble team (again). And that despite the changes made in Big D since the conclusion of last season; they will again be a non-playoff club in the West.

Fair? Accurate? Safe guess? Misguided hooey?

Well how about taking three different angles of evaluation of this team; Pessimism. Realism. Optimism:

The Dour Perception: (Negative Nelly)

The defense isn’t big enough or good enough.

40-somethings Whitney and Gonchar are slowing down and fading in effectiveness.


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Jamie Benn Announced As The New Captain Of The Dallas Stars

from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill and Head Coach Lindy Ruff announced today that left wing Jamie Benn has been appointed to serve as team captain, becoming the sixth captain in Dallas Stars history.

Benn, 24, has spent all four seasons of his career with the Stars, leading the team with 33 points (12-21=33) in 41 games during the 2012-13 campaign. This past season, he led the team in shots (110) and was tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals.

"In a very short period of time, Jamie Benn has gone from being an exciting up-and-coming player in the NHL, to being a cornerstone of the franchise," stated Nill. "He has steadily grown as a player and as a person. He conducts himself each and every day in a professional way and continually leads by example. We fully believe that he will be a driving force in getting this team to the next level - and now he's our captain."


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All Tyler Seguin

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Q: It seems like there are a lot of people in this organization who might have a chip on their shoulder and feel like they have something to prove going into this season. Do you get that feeling?

SEGUIN: I think so. I think a lot of people have something to prove, speaking for myself definitely. There’s a lot of new faces here, and I think everyone is excited. Training camp hasn’t even started and yet it feels like we’ve been at training camp for a week.

Q: Stars GM Jim Nill said the team is getting a more mature player now that you have three years in the league, do you agree with that?

SEGUIN: I think so. Any time you play in the NHL, you get better. It’s such a huge step up, this league, and you can take any player and the first year or two are such a transition. Honestly, first overall, second overall, whatever you are picked, you really don’t know what kind of player you are until you play in this league. I’m happy with my resume so far, but I definitely want to continue to improve.

read on

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Dan Cleary To Dallas Or Not?

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All Jamie Benn

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

How do you feel about the off-season changes that were made to the Stars?

Benn: It’s definitely exciting. Bringing in a talented, young superstar like (Tyler) Seguin is exciting for our hockey team and the city. We definitely brought in some other players that have some experience in (Shawn) Horcoff and (Sergei) Gonchar, so it’s going to be exciting and I think we are definitely looking forward to this year.

Does it feel different? The team has made coaching changes and player changes in the past, but this seems different for some reason.

Benn: It definitely feels different around here. There are maybe five or six guys left from my first year here. It’s good to have Lindy (Ruff) behind the bench, he has a lot of experience, and Jim Nill definitely knows what he’s doing. So, as a player, we are all excited and ready to go.

Any thoughts on the captaincy?

Benn: I’ve got nothing to say about that right now (smiles).


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Loui Eriksson On His Trade To Boston

from Hockeysverige (translated),

I had a lot to say thanks to my clause in the contract and could have stayed if I had wanted. But I felt that it was still the right decision to move.

Why did you decide to Boston?

- Dallas are trying to rebuild their team and are in a generation, and it will probably take a few years before they can be fighting seriously. Then Boston has a very good team that went to the finals this year and won three years ago, and of course, played a huge role.

Loui, who has been one of the top two point earners in Dallas the past five seasons, is aware that there will be fierce competition in the new club and that the pressure on him will be great considering his hindsight in Dallas, where He also was assistant captain the last two seasons.

- It is true, but you just have to go out to do their best and play their game. Then you may find that you get a different role than in the past, but it is developing. In Boston, people are also generally more interested in hockey and then there will be more talk around it, but it's just fun. In Dallas, it was not nearly as big.


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Dallas Stars Offering Pricing Plans For Tickets

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars this season will incorporate a new pricing plan that will feature both “variable pricing” and “dynamic pricing.” Variable pricing means games will be slated as either “value” games, “standard” games or “premium” games, and will be priced as such on expected ticket demand.

Dynamic pricing means that on individual game tickets, prices will change depending on when you buy them. For instance, the closer it gets to an event and the closer a game gets to a sellout, the price of the ticket could go up, just as it is with airline tickets.

The new format is being introduced to help drive fans to buy full- or partial-season ticket packages, as well as to offer the greatest value and pricing to fans who commit to a package of games, according to team president and CEO Jim Lites.


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Putting The ‘D’ In The Big ‘D’

from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars will wear uniforms with a new shade of green this season.

But underneath those sweaters the red will run deep.

Red Wings red.

If you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em.

That’s the blueprint the Stars sought when they signed Jim Nill as their general manager. Nill spent 19 seasons in the front office of the Red Wings as their director of amateur scouting. His drafts helped shape a team that would win four Stanley Cups.

The Red Wings were among the first and best to cultivate Europe and the old Iron Curtain countries for talent. In 1995, for the first time in NHL history, Detroit lined up five Russians together on the same shift. All five would go on to become Stanley Cup champions with the Red Wings, four would become all-stars and one — center Sergei Federov — an NHL MVP.

Not surprisingly, Nill’s first draft pick as GM of the Stars was a Russian (Valeri Nichushkin).


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Boston Moved Seguin Too Soon

from Christopher L, Gasper of the Boston Globe,

Both the Bruins and Twitter being Seguin-free seem like good ideas right now, quick fixes to aggravating problems. But they might prove rash overreactions in the end. Professional athletes have to learn how to deal with the consequences of celebrity in the social media age and patience has to be shown with a potential franchise player whose talent level far exceeds his maturity level.

The Bruins gave up on Seguin too soon, trading him July 4 to the Dallas Stars and confining him to the dustbin of failed face-of-the-franchise forwards along with Joe Thornton and Phil Kessel after just three seasons. He needed more time and more tough love to grow as a person and a player in Boston. He was too young and too talented to send packing post-haste after one lukewarm season, one feckless playoff run, and one too many late nights.

Seguin’s exile to Texas shows a lack of growth and commitment by both sides, and the aftermath of the trade has been undignified with anonymous tales of Seguin’s misdeeds paired with Seguin’s parents sniping back at the Bruins.


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