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The Dallas Stars Still Have Work To Do

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The bad thing about signing Johnny Oduya is the hype that gripped the NHL on a couple of lazy days in July makes it seem a much bigger deal than it is.

Oduya is a good player who had a tough decision. He signed for two year with the Stars at $3.75 million a season when there seemed to be more money on the table from other teams. He is coming to the Stars because he believes in what they are building and because former teammate Patrick Sharp did a great sell job.

But he’s probably not the last piece in a Stanley Cup champion _ and it seems that’s how the Twitterverse is feeling today.

The Stars had a nice summer. They were the 10th place team in the West and finished five points behind eighth place Calgary, so they needed a nice summer. They added a big-time goalie in Antti Niemi, a veteran scorer in Patrick Sharp and a smart defender in Oduya. But Niemi is 31 and had a so-so season last year. Sharp is 33 and had a so-so season last year. Oduya is 33 and had a nice role where he was supported by some very strong defensemen in Chicago.

There are still questions to this plan.

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Johnny Oduya Signs With The Dallas Stars

 

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Jim Nill On The Patrick Sharp Trade

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“We have been looking for the right opportunity, and this was one where we were able to add a premier winger with great experience,” said general manager Jim Nill of the deal that brought Sharp and young defenseman Stephen Johns from Chicago in exchange for veteran defenseman Trevor Daley and winger Ryan Garbutt. “Our ownership has made a strong statement that we want to win now, and I think we’ve really helped change some key positions.”

The Blackhawks were open to the deal so they could shed some salary and still fill out a solid roster in defense of their Stanley Cup championship. Nill made that happen by taking all of Sharp’s $5.9 million salary cap hit for the next two seasons, and retaining half of Garbutt’s $1.8 million hit.

Daley has a $3.3 million cap hit, so the Blackhawks save $1.7 million in cap space, while the Stars add $2.6 million. But even with that, Dallas still has about $6 million in cap space remaining and add one of the most consistent playoff performers of the past seven seasons.

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Antti Niemi Signed By The Dallas Stars

 

 

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San Jose Sharks Trade Rights Of Anti Niemi To The Dallas Stars

 

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Is Tyler Seguin One Of The Top Five Centers In The NHL?

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News considers Tyler Seguin the 5th best center in the NHL...

The 23-year-old Seguin is turning into one of the most consistent scorers in the league. He tallied 84 points in 2013-14 and then had 77 points (37 goals, 40 assists) in 71 games this year. Seguin missed 10 games with a knee injury and was in contention for the scoring lead when he got hurt. He also pushed his faceoff winning percentage from 41.5 percent to 53.8 percent and showed in the World Championships he can play a pretty responsible two-way game.

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Dallas Stars Add Jeff Reese To Their Coaching Staff

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the appointment of Jeff Reese as Goaltending Coach. Previous Goaltending Coach Mike Valley will remain with the organization, transitioning to Director of Goaltending Development. The announcement rounds out Head Coach Lindy Ruff's coaching staff for the 2015-16 regular season along with Assistant Coaches Curt Fraser and James Patrick and Video Coach Kelly Forbes.

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Dave Strader The New Voice Of The Dallas Stars

from Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News,

Dave and Razor? Strader and Razor?

The new play-by-play voice of the Dallas Stars is Dave Strader, a veteran NHL broadcaster who has worked nationally for ESPN, Fox, Versus and NBC Sports Network.

The official announcement is expected to come later this morning but there will be no local news conference to present the new voice. Strader is in Tampa preparing to call Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals for various radio networks including satellite’s SiriusXM.

Strader spent the 2014-2015 season as the No. 2 play-by-play voice behind Mike Emrick at NBCSN. NBC says it will continue to use Strader when he has no Stars conflicts.

Strader replaces Ralph Strangis, who resigned in April after 22 seasons of Stars broadcasts, the last 19 in the play-by-play seat alongside analyst Daryl “Razor” Reaugh.

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Jim Nill On The Goaltending Situation In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

While Jim Nill said he is not “shopping” Kari Lehtonen, the Stars general manager on Wednesday admitted that he is intensely studying the goaltending situation with his team.

Reports came out Tuesday that AHL goalie Jussi Rynnas is considering a move to the KHL and that Nill was shopping Lehtonen around the NHL to see if there was interest in a possible trade. Nill said Rynnas is considering a move and that any decision to try to move Lehtonen would be a complicated one.

“We have a lot of decisions to make, and we’re in the process of trying to make them,” Nill said.

Nill has had the professional scouts in Frisco this week studying many aspects of the organization.

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What Will The Dallas Stars Do With Their Goaltending?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars’ biggest issue in the summer will probably be sorting out their goaltending _ and there still is plenty of information coming in on that subject.

Kari Lehtonen has three years left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.9 million, but is coming off an uneven season. While he ranked 11th in wins at 34-17-10, he ranked 36th in goals against average at 2.94 and 41st in save percentage at .903. Those are among the worst numbers for No. 1 goalies in the NHL.

So the question of whether or not to change the top of the goalie pyramid is going to be the big issue _ including whether or not the Stars can even move Lehtonen if they so desire.

But there also are decisions to be made at pretty much every single level of goaltending for Dallas. Backup goalie Jhonas Enroth and prospect Jack Campbell both participated in the World Championships, and their performances could also be classified as “uneven.” Meanwhile, prospect Philippe Desrosier has gotten his junior team _ the Rimouski Oceanic _ to the Memorial Cup, but also has had his share of ups and downs this season.

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