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Dallas Stars Trade Brenden Dillon To San Jose For Jason Demers And A 3rd Round Pick

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars continued to shake up their defense Friday, sending Brenden Dillon to San Jose for Jason Demers and a third round draft pick, according to an NHL source.

Dallas already traded Sergei Gonchar to Montreal last week and lost Kevin Connauton to Columbus on waivers this week, so this makes the third defenseman to leave in the first two months of the season.


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Four-Year Extension For Jason Spezza In Dallas

from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed center Jason Spezza to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Spezza, 31, has posted 18 points (4-14=18) in 20 games played during his first season as a Dallas Star. His 14 assists are tied for ninth in the League and first on the Stars. On Nov. 8 vs. San Jose, he appeared in his 700th career NHL game and recorded career point number 700. He became just the second player to do that, joining Ilya Kovalchuk who was selected first overall in Spezza's 2001 NHL Draft class. In 706 career regular season games, he has posted 705 points (255-450=705).

"Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas," said Nill. "The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team."



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After Losing At Home To The Carolina Hurricanes, The Dallas Stars Home Record is 1-5-4

Head coach Lindy Ruff post-game from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“This is the biggest test I’ve ever been through.  I don’t think I’ve ever gone through anything like this in the home building.  We drew up a little bit of a different game plan.  I thought if I got Eakin, Seguin and Benn out against some certain individuals that we could get them on the board and get them going.  You get one thing going and another goes sideways.  We’ve had great games here where we just couldn’t get that big save to win the game.  You also need one less big mistake at certain times.”

more reaction from Ruff and players too...

Daryl Reaugh's comments after the game...


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Communication Is Key In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars have six players on the roster (and several more in the minors) for whom English is a second language. They are at varying stages of development — as players and as linguists. Valeri Nichushkin is trying to grasp English and struggles to speak it. Kari Lehtonen now uses English as his primary language, and has changed how his brain works.

“When I first came into the league, I would have to translate in my head and change everything back to Finnish,” said the 30-year-old goalie from Helsinki, Finland. “Now, I think in English most of the time when I’m around people speaking English.”

Such processing is complicated for players, who have to soak up instruction in practice, communicate on the bench during games and then ultimately deal with teammates while play is racing around them on the ice. It’s something that can make or break a team.

“It’s on the coaches to make sure they understand, and so we try a lot of different things,” Ruff said. “You use video or translators or teammates to get the message across.”

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Mike Modano- From Goal Scorer To Complete Player Now To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Modano went from being a player looking for space to one willing to fight for that space, Hitchcock said.

"I saw that evolution," he said.

It was not an easy transformation. Modano recalled having the conversations with Hitchcock and his coaching staff -- including defensive genius Doug Jarvis, Rick Wilson and perhaps the greatest defensive player of all time in Bob Gainey, who at the time was the Stars' GM.

Maybe "conversation" isn't the right term. Maybe "browbeating sessions" would be more accurate. What they were saying to Modano seemed counterintuitive to how he'd played his whole career, his whole raison d'etre, if you will.

"Bob and I talked about this until we were blue in the face," Modano said. "He would say, 'Mike, you can't play the way you're playing and expect to win and be consistent and be what we want you to be,' I really was unsure of what he was saying."

Finally, though, it wasn't so much of an epiphany as a beatdown that led to Modano's buying in.


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Montreal Trades Travis Moen To Dallas For Sergei Gonchar

MONTREAL (November 11, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars, in return for forward Travis Moen.

Gonchar, 40, recorded one assist in three games thus far with the Stars in 2014-15, averaging 13:01 of ice time per game. He missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury.

Since he first joined the NHL back in 1994-95, Gonchar has recorded a total of 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular season games. He scored 102 goals on the powerplay, two while shorthanded and 35 winning tallies. The 6' 2'' and 210 lbs forward also served 965 penalty minutes and displays a +26 plus/minus differential.

added 1:24pm,


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Lindy Ruff Addresses Some Issues After Practice Today

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars practiced in Frisco today, and then got on a plane and flew to Phoenix to get ready for Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes. Here’s Lindy Ruff with the media:

On goaltending.. We’ve had a tough time and I don’t think I can hide from that. I don’t think our goalies can hide from it. We’ve needed that big save. Sometimes it’s not even a big save. It’s a tough one that goes in that hurts your club. We’ve seen it where all of a sudden their goalie catches fire and it breathes a lot of confidence into the team too. I know our goalies can get it done.

I think Kari, it was a good rest for him. I think that he’s the guy that has to take the leadership and grab the ball and run and be ready to go with it. And it’ll start there because as soon as you get that confidence back there, then that one mistake you’re making isn’t something that’s going to hurt you.”

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Antoine Roussel Fined For Sucker Punch

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Antoine Roussel Will Have A Hearing With Department Of Player Safety Tomorrow


If you missed the incident, watch it below...

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Winless Streak Hits Seven For The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The entire Stars season sort of wrapped itself into one incredibly disappointing performance Saturday night.

Dallas played some of its best hockey of the season and then blew a two-goal lead in the third period en route to a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The loss stretches the Stars’ winless streak to seven games (0-5-2)

While Dallas lost six straight last season and went 1-8-1 in one stretch, they have not gone seven games without a win since the 2008-09 season.

“We’ve got to learn to play with a lead,” said captain Jamie Benn of a string of third-period collapses. “It really shouldn’t change from the first or the second. We got a lead playing the right way, and we need to just learn to play the same way.”...

Coach Lindy Ruff changed his lines and defense pairs and also rolled the dice on back-up goalie Anders Lindback. He was rewarded with exceptional team play, and a strong game from Lindback … until the third period.

“We were playing our best hockey,” Ruff said. “I thought we had great opportunities out of every line…We held them to 11 shots in 30-something minutes.  We had point-blank opportunities that could have made it 5-1 or 6-1.  But we made a mistake again, and that gave them life.”

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