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One More Goal For Jamie Benn, A Stanley Cup

from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News,

"I think he's just hitting the window of his best years right now," Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

Nill knows a little something about windows of greatness. He spent 19 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and watched 11 Hall of Famers -- Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Dominik Hasek, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov, Larry Murphy and Viacheslav Fetisov -- help bring Stanley Cups to the Motor City.

"I think there's still a little bit more out there for Jamie," Nill said. "When he's on his game, he's one of the best two-way players in the league and I think he can improve on that. I was fortunate to have worked in Detroit and remember Steve Yzerman. He became a better player when he was 29, 30, 31 and 32. It's experience and learning to play different ways. There's still more there for Jamie."

And Benn knows exactly what that "more" is.

"There's a lot more to give to get something even bigger," Benn said. "You grow up with big dreams and big goals. I've had some pretty good years but it's just the beginning. Team success is the next step -- winning a Stanley Cup."


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The Dallas Stars And Los Angeles Kings Hit The Ice At T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Players from both teams gave the quality of the ice a thumbs-up, which was a big relief to George Salami, the arena’s ice maker.

“It’s good,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “The boards have a little bounce to them, but it’s a beautiful arena and it’s bright, which I like.”

Dallas center Jason Spezza noticed the same thing about the lively boards, saying: “The boards are real quick. The puck is humming around.”

Spezza also thought the ice will get better the more it is played on.

“It probably needs to be broken in a little,” he said. “But it’s the first time, and it was fine.”

Said Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who had Friday off with Jeff Zatkoff in the net: “I think it’s on par with most of the rinks we play on.”...

“It’s a little different city,” Oduya said. “But there’s a lot of support here. I think it’s going to be exciting. It’s not that far for our fans to travel from Dallas.”

“I think it has the makings of a really good rivalry because Vegas is so close to L.A.,” he said. “It’ll be fun coming to Vegas and being the enemy.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Friday was a good trial run for his team.

“I hate to think any trip to Vegas is a routine trip,” Ruff said. “But I think it’s going to be business as usual for our guys when we come here. There’s obviously a lot to do here and experience. They can experience it all they want, just as long as they’re in by 11 (p.m.).”

more on the Stars 6-3 win over the Kings...

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All The Best To Mattias Janmark Who Will Miss At Least 5-6 Months With Surgery On A Joint Disorder

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars winger Mattias Janmark will have knee surgery to address an issue of osteochondritis dissecans and will be out a minimum of 5-6 months, general manager Jim Nill said Friday.

Janmark, 23, has been skating in camp and was expected to play in the Stars' preseason game in Colorado Wednesday when his knee locked up. Doctors examined the knee and discovered the problem which is described by Wikipedia as: "A joint disorder in which cracks form in the articular cartilage and the underlying subchondral bone.[1] ...OCD is caused by blood deprivation in the subchondral bone. This loss of blood flow causes the subchondral bone to die in a process called avascular necrosis. The bone is then reabsorbed by the body, leaving the articular cartilage it supported prone to damage. The result is fragmentation (dissection) of both cartilage and bone, and the free movement of these bone and cartilage fragments within the joint space, causing pain and further damage.

Nill said the condition is congenital and added that chances of full recovery are 80 percent.


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Dave Strader Statement On His Fight With A Rare And Aggressive Form Of Cancer

FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars have released the following statement on behalf of Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader regarding his cancer diagnosis:

"With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.

"There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I'm fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars' organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support."

Fans wishing to send their notes of support to Strader can do so by emailing WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com.  

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Valeri Nichushkin May Sign With A KHL Team

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

It's a business on both sides. Nichushkin's agent Mark Gandler has not yet returned messages from today, but Eliotte Frideman reported on Twitter that Gandler said "nothing is done and all options are open."

So we sit and wait. But if Nichushkin signs in the KHL, he can't come back this season.

The guess is the Stars are not going to up their offer or offers. Nill when contacted today said: "They know what our offers are."

If Nichushkin signs in Russia, the Stars are positioned well. Nill signed Jiri Hudler to a one-year deal for $2 million in August and the Stars have plenty of skilled forwards to fill the gaps....


added 4:30pm,


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Tyler Seguin Has A Hairline Fracture Of His Heel

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill released the following statement regarding center Tyler Seguin's injury status:

"Upon returning to Dallas yesterday, Tyler Seguin underwent an MRI that detected a hairline fracture in his heel," stated Nill. "His status for training camp will be re-evaluated in one week."

Seguin suffered the fracture in Team Canada's World Cup of Hockey exhibition game against the United States on Sept. 9 in Columbus, Ohio.   

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Report- Tyler Sequin Out Of The World Cup With Injury

added 8:17pm,

via Sportsnet,

“I’m starting to hear reports that Tyler Seguin has suffered what we believe might be a knee injury,” Kypreos said during the first intermission of a pre-tournament game between the U.S. and Finland.

The Dallas Stars forward crashed hard into the boards while trying to negate an icing call in Canada's pre-tournament opener against the U.S. on Friday, and was clipped by American Dustin Byfuglien in the neutral zone on Saturday.

"Everything I've gathered in a very short period of time is that this isn't a serious injury. That this could be a week-to-week situation, which means unfortunately for Seguin and Team Canada there's just not enough time to nurse him back to health."

added 9:27pm, Ryan O'Reilly will replaxe Seguin and a Dalls Stars press release is below...

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Making Hockey Relevant In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars wrote one of the NHL's great success stories back in the '90s, and they're working on a pretty impressive sequel right now.

But selling hockey in Texas is difficult at the best of times, and that means the challenges to find success could be even tougher 20-something years into the process.

"As much as we had to start from scratch last time, I think having a history is actually something we do have to overcome now," said Stars CEO and President Jim Lites, who was with the team when it moved from Minnesota in 1993. "We were fresh and new and we had a chance to make a good first impression back then. Now, we've been here and people have formed opinions, and to be frank, some of that isn't good. I think going through a rough stretch and a bankruptcy created some apathy about our team, and now we have to change some minds, as well as reach out to a new audience."

The Stars appear to be doing that, pushing their average attendance to 18,376 last season and increasing buzz by posting the second-best record in the NHL at 50-23-9. And while the work of the sales and marketing people behind the scenes goes a long way in making the business successful, the product on the ice drives the profit margin.


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Jiri Hudler Headed To Dallas

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Jamie Benn’s Top Priority Is The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Given the choice, Jamie Benn has decided to focus on silver and not gold right now.

The Stars captain has decided to the skip possibility of a gold medal at the prestigious World Cup of Hockey tournament in order to completely heal from summer surgery so that he can be 100 percent healthy for the start of the Stars season -- a campaign in which Benn and his teammates are fully focused on the shiny silver Stanley Cup.

"Giving everything I have to this organization is my main job, and I want to be ready to go when the season starts," Benn said. "I'm 100 percent committed to the Stars. That's why we made the decision."


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