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A Six-Year Contract Extension For Ben Bishop In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5-million contract extension.

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UFA-To-Be Ben Bishop Traded To The Dallas Stars


added 5:37pm, Dallas press release is below....

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Tyler Seguin Had Successful Shoulder Surgery Yesterday

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin had successful surgery to repair labral damage in his right shoulder yesterday. The surgery went as planned and he is expected to make a full recovery in four months.

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Ken Hitchcock Has A Talk With Jamie Benn

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

"It's everything," Hitchcock said when asked about having the captain on his side. "If you don't have it, you've got chaos."

So the first meeting he arranged Wednesday was with Stars captain Jamie Benn. The two talked at length, and bared their souls on what needs to be done to get the Stars back to the top of the standings.

"The talk was a little uncomfortable for both of us, but we weren't glossing over things," Hitchcock said. "We had to dig deep so we could fix what needed to get fixed. And I feel we can get this fixed and get this thing turned the other way."

Benn said he feels the same way - about the honestly of the talk and about the direction of the team.

"We pretty much talked about everything and how he deals with his top players and his leaders," Benn said. "There's going to be a lot more responsibility for myself as a captain in communicating with him and letting him get a better feel for our team. It's something I'm excited for. It's not going to be easy, but in the end, it helps you win."


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It’s Official- Ken Hitchcock Back In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has named Ken Hitchcock as head coach.

"Ken is an exceptionally talented coach and we could not be happier to have him joining the organization," said Nill. "He is a meticulous coach who brings with him an emphasis on structure and a defensive style of play, which will accent our level of skill nicely. Ken has an incredible hockey mind and we look forward to his guidance on the ice."

Hitchcock, 65, enters his second stint as head coach of the Stars, having previously spent the first seven seasons of his NHL head coaching career behind the Dallas bench from 1996-2002. In his first tour with Dallas, Hitchcock earned a 277-154-72 record in 503 games as head coach. He currently ranks first in Stars franchise history in games coached (503), wins (277) and points percentage (.622). Hitchcock also amassed a 47-33 record in 80 Stanley Cup Playoff games during his first tenure with the Stars, making five appearances in the postseason. He guided Dallas to two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and led the Stars to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 1999.

"Ken Hitchcock is an established NHL coach that everyone here in Dallas is familiar with, and we couldn't be happier to welcome him back to the organization," said Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi. "A proven winner, Hitchcock knows exactly what it takes to be successful in this League and he is the perfect fit for what this team needs. His familiarity with the city of Dallas and the Stars organization definitely added to his appeal, and I'm confident that will he will greatly help our group in a number of areas."

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Why Ken Hitchcock Is A Fit In Dallas Again

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Sure, he's 65 now. Sure, the game has changed. Sure, this team is much younger than the one Hitchcock inherited back when "Macarena" was No. 1 on the charts.

But the signs of "déjà vu all over again" are all over the Stars.

Hitchcock came in and taught a highly skilled center named Mike Modano how to play two-way hockey, eventually seeing Modano earn votes as a Selke Trophy candidate.

Hitchcock came in and helped a veteran named Joe Nieuwendyk learn how to fit in as a No. 2 center, eventually seeing him win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP in the playoffs....

It's easy to look to the past and try to rebuild the best hockey memories Dallas has ever known, but it also makes a ton of sense.

Isn't Tyler Seguin in the same place Modano was? The speedy center has had plenty of success and ranks fifth in NHL scoring since he joined the Stars in 2013 with 306 points (133 goals, 173 assists) in 305 games. But Lindy Ruff was so frustrated by Seguin's defensive play that he slotted the 25-year-old at right wing for much of the season.

Wouldn't Hitchcock be the perfect guy to mold Seguin into a two-way player like Modano or Patrice Bergeron?


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Lindy Ruff Done In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that Lindy Ruff will not return as head coach for the 2017-18 season and the organization will immediately begin the process of hiring a new head coach. Ruff earned a record of 34-37-11 for 79 points as head coach with Dallas this season.

"I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas," said Nill. "Lindy is not only a highly respected coach, he more importantly is a great person and an outstanding family man whom I have the utmost respect for on and off the ice."

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Goaltending The #1 Issue For The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars used both goalies for the 14th time this season Thursday in a 7-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

It's one of the reasons the team will be among the bottom three NHL teams in goals against and save percentage. It's one of the reasons Dallas will miss the playoffs. It's something that likely can't continue.

Yes, Kari Lehtonen is under contract next season for a salary cap hit of $5.9 million. Yes, Antti Niemi is under contract next season for a salary cap hit of $4.5 million. Yes, the two combined make more than any goaltending combination in the league.

And yes, it will be difficult to get out from either or both contracts, but the Stars will have to find a way.

"We'll assess everything, including the goaltending, when the season is over," Stars general manager Jim Nill said before Thursday's game. "We have to look at everything from their play to the play in front of them, and we have to get better in a lot of areas."


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Fixing The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Because it is on the Stars to fix this mess, and they need to start by taking full responsibility. This didn't happen because of injuries, this didn't happen because of bad luck. The Stars were exposed as a bad team this year because of bad decisions, bad performances and inherent holes. If this was all about the injuries, why not bring back the coaching staff and the two goalies and take another shot next year?

Why? Because they know it won't work. They know the plan is flawed. And they know they are the ones who have to fix it.

When general manager Jim Nill took over in 2013, he had a lot of challenges. He also had a lot of opportunity. Yes, the team was bereft of centermen and anchored to a big contract for goalie Kari Lehtonen, but it also had a low payroll, and a decent prospect pool created by four years of relatively high draft picks. So Nill went to work and came up with some big winners. Getting Tyler Seguin out of Boston and Jason Spezza out of Ottawa fixed the center problem. Adding players like Mattias Janmark and Stephen Johns also proved beneficial.

To be fair, Nill had about $20 million in payroll space at his disposal, so the moves don't seem as magical in retrospect, but they form a nice base moving forward. That said, this isn't the Stanley Cup contender everyone was hoping for back then.


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Dallas Trades Lauri Korpikoski To Columbus

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Heatherington, 21, has produced six points (1-5=6) in 38 games played for Cleveland of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. Last season was his first full professional campaign and he helped Lake Erie to the Calder Cup championship, appearing in 15 playoff contests and recording three assists (0-3=3). In total, he has appeared in 104 career AHL regular season games and has posted 26 points (4-22=26). He will report to Texas, Dallas' top development affiliate in the AHL.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was originally selected by Columbus in the second round (50th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Korpikoski, 30, recorded 20 points (8-12=20) in 60 games played for the Stars this season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Turku, Finland was signed as a free agent by Dallas on Oct. 10, 2016.

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