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Seguin Signing

Seguin Signing

What do we think?

It would appear that the most common comment/demand amongst Stars fans at the moment is ‘Nill – Sign Seguin!! I can’t blame anyone for wanting this, Tyler has been fantastic since becoming a Star and last season was by far his best all round year. I think it will be very interesting to see Seguin under the new coaching staff and I really expect him to have, from a stats point of view, a record-breaking season. So why would Nill have decided not to sign Seguin…?

Why Nill?

There are many Stars fans who are saying if Nill doesn’t sign Seguin now that Nill must go, personally I think this is a little too much, Nill has built the team that the Stars are now, they may not have had the success over the last few years that they wanted, but compare them to a Dallas Stars team from before the days of Seguin, Spezza, Radulov etc… and this Stars team can go all the way.

Nill I believe has done a good job and will continue to do so, I do however wish he would sign Seguin as I would love to see him in a Stars jerseys for years to come. However, I want to look at some possible benefits to holding off on giving Seguin his biggest paycheck…

Put yourself in Seguin’s skates…

If I was Tyler Seguin, and I received a huge deal for the next lets say 7 years in Dallas I would go into this coming season relaxed knowing my career is comfortable and that I have proved myself. Now this may allow Seguin to thrive and not have any stress and I may have that fantastic season that I am expecting under Montgomery, however, if I havn’t signed anything and know that I could be looking for a new job come the end of the season would that make me even more determined not only to prove myself yet again to Dallas but also to the rest of the league resulting in an even better season?

We will never know the answer to the above as it will go one way or the other, but I would say that Seguin knows he will get a good deal with someone at the end of the year, he has said it is disappointing that Nill has not spoke to him since the draft, and that he wants to remain in Dallas. I think we all know that if he wants to stay in Dallas he can so I don’t mind going into the season without a deal being made. Tyler Seguin is a super star, he will have a great year regardless and will be as always exciting to watch.

Summary

Seguin will stay, a deal will be made at some point and Seguin will have a fantastic year regardless of when that deal is made… Nill can continue to bring players like Seguin, Spezza, Johns to the Dallas Stars.

Thoughts? Comment below…

It’s all happening in Big D

It’s all happening in Big D

The Dallas Stars have had a busy July 1st

The Stars have been busy today, in no particular order here is a summary of today’s actions…

Kari is out – Long time Stars Goaltender has moved on, Kari has been fantastic over the years for the Stars, but has never managed to be heroic when the Stars really needed him to be, at times last year he was at the top of his game, and at other times we couldn’t rely on him. So perhaps the news that he has gone is music to your ears? Well, overall yes, I think it is a good thing, Kari seems to be an easy target to blame for the Stars lack of success and although that is not the case, it is hard to regain that trust.

So with Kari gone, who’s the number 2 netminder to give big Ben Bishop the odd night off…?

Anton Kudobin – New backup Anton Kudobin will be the Stars no2 goalie, Anton is a veteran who will bring experience as a no2 goalie to Dallas, he finished last year in Boston with a 16-6-7 record and for a backup that’s pretty darn impressive. Carton Point will also start his professional career that gives the Texas Stars and in turn Dallas a much better looking future for its goal tending situation.

Tavares… – Well it wasn’t meant to be, it would have been great to see how Tavares would have fitted into the Stars team, but he has chosen to sign with the Maple Leafs, best of luck to him in Toronto.

Val is back – The rumors were confirmed a few weeks ago, but now it is official, the big Russian Valeri Nichushkin will return to the NHL and will return with the Stars as he signs a 2-year contract with the club. We will expect to see a much more rounded player out of Val than we saw a few years back, but it will be exciting to see that speed and power return to the Stars.

Who else will be in a Stars uniform next year?

Blake Comeau – Right Wing from Colorado – 3 year contract

Roman Polak – Defense from Toronto – 1 year deal

Michael Mersch – Left Wing from Ontario (AHL) – 2 year contract

So who will not be returning to Dallas?

Sadly the below members of the Dallas Stars will also not be returning to Dallas next season, we wish them the best in their new roles/organizations.

Antoine Russell > VAN

Bryan Flynn > STL

Greg Pateryn > MIN

Curtis McKenzie > VGK

Craig Ludwig (Color Analyst)

 

That’s it so far, but stay tuned more!!

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Dallas Stars amongst Tavares’ options

Dallas Stars amongst Tavares’ options

Superstar Tavares is talking with the Dallas Stars

Tavares will become an unrestricted free agent come July 1st, has been talking with a few NHL teams, the Dallas Stars being one of them, Tavares’ interest in the Stars regardless of who he signs with is a great sign for the Stars, it shows they are a Stanley Cup contender and that big stars want to be a part of the franchise.

However, back to Tavares, there are mixed opinions on whether the Stars should sign him, there are lots of positives, he is an all-star player, and would add yet more scoring power to the Stars offense, he has also been around long enough to bring some great experience to the team. However, he will come at a price, so can the Dallas Stars afford him or would they need to lose another 1st/2nd line forward to be able to take him…?

Well, the Stars can afford him, they have some big names on their roster that they have at a bargain price, Ben Bishop & John Klingburg for example. They also have plenty on youngsters ready to step up that will help on the salary hit. Tavares is unquestionably a superstar, and playing with Benn, Seguin, Radulov & Klingburg gives the Stars a very strong top 2 lines, so we think overall if Tavares wants to come to Dallas then lets sign him up!

The Stars will have now presented to Tavares what they have to offer, and hockey players love coming to Dallas, so hopefully it is a no brainer and we can sit back and wait for the Stars to sit back atop the ‘goals per game’ column thanks to a new coach and Tavares.

What are your thoughts?? Should the Stars sign him & what do you think will happen if they do?

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Another busy week in Texas

Another busy week in Texas

This week has been another busy one for the Dallas Stars organization, catch up on the action below.

New Assistant Coach Todd Nelson

On Thursday the Dallas Stars announced signing a new assistant coach, this news comes after the news that Rick Wilson has retired from the league. Todd Nelson brings more winning pedigree to the Stars, and is another professional that has proven himself in the lower levels and now wants to bring his winning ways to the NHL.

The Dallas Stars Fan Site feels this is another good move for the Stars, yes it would be nice to have a new Head Coach with proven winning ways in the NHL, and an Assistant Coach with NHL experience, and that may have made us feel like we are a good experienced team, but we believe to win in this league you need to be ahead of the game. It is an ever evolving sport and what has won in the last 5-10 years may not still work in todays game, so with young new coaches I think it will give the Stars some unpredictability and make them harder to play against.

The Stars lineup we know has what it needs to win, and in previous years we have proven that we can win conference titles, and even last season the Stars showed us some dominating hockey and a great new style that won games. Unfortunately it all fell apart at the end of the year and that’s very frustrating, but the foundations are still there and recent winning minds in the new Head and Assistant Coaches will make the Stars a big threat, and possible an underestimated threat.

Texas Stars reach Calder Cup Finals

The Texas Stars are back to the Calder Cup Finals, they have dropped the first game of the series to Toronto after being ahead by two goal lead but lost 6-5 in game 1. Game 2 is tonight, and Texas have many positives from game 1 they can bring to the next game and look to even the series.

Having Cup Finals in Texas yet again is great for the state of Texas, the Texas Stars are looking for the second Calder Cup in 5 years.

2018 Draft getting closer

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held in Dallas and its not far away, just a few more weeks.

The Stars have the 13th overall pick and continue to research the top prospects and who we can look to welcome into Victory Green!

The Draft takes place 22-23 June at the American Airlines Center, tickets can be found on dallasstarsfansite.com

The Return Of Nichushkin??

After a tweet by the Dallas Stars this week fans are left curious about Val, the forward played for the Stars for 2 seasons before going back to the KHL, his agent says Val has learned a lot about the game since leaving Dallas, and is now a much more aware play maker on the ice.

Dallas fans will remember seeing some strong Malkin-like moves from the young Russian, and some highlight goals that young Val scored for Dallas, however, he wasn’t a player you could count on in any situation, this is what Val has been working on and we can now expect a very different player to the ‘kid’ that played for Dallas before.

This will be exiting! the Dallas Stars Fan Site enjoyed watching Val, and remember him on the top line with Benn & Seguin, now that spot it filled with Radulov, Val could be a very strong 3rd liner or 2nd liner.

It is not clear yet if Val will be back this coming season, but it has been made clear that Val will return as a Dallas Star!

Vernon Fiddler – North Texas Man of the Year!

Dallas Stars writer Mike Heika uses ‘It’s a Wonderfull Life’ to explain to people how Vern Fiddler gives people that warm feeling that when someone is in trouble they will do anything to help, no questions asked! I like it, we loved watching Vern play, and he was great guy to have in Dallas on and off the ice, it is nice to see he is now channeling is energy to several good causes and that he is being recognized for it! Mike’s article can be found here: https://www.nhl.com/stars/news/even-in-retirement-former-dallas-stars-vernon-fiddler-still-competing-hard-for-charity-leukemia-lymphoma-society/c-298815088

That sums up the week!

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Stars assistant Rick Wilson announces retirement from active coaching

Stars assistant Rick Wilson announces retirement from active coaching

The 67-year-old spent 18 seasons with the Stars organization, earning a Stanley Cup with the club in 1999

by Dallas Stars Staff @DallasStars / Press Release

Rick Wilson, Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars Assistant Coach Rick Wilson today announced his retirement from active coaching in the National Hockey League (NHL) after 30 seasons.

In total, he was behind the bench in various coaching capacities for 2,306 NHL regular-season games, accumulating a record of 1,159-846-301 with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. Making two Stanley Cup Final appearances (1999, 2000), he coached in 214 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games over that time compiling a 105-109 record, capturing the Stanley Cup in 1999.

“I want to thank all of the owners, general managers and coaches that gave me the opportunity over the last three decades to work in the game that I love so dearly,” Wilson said. “As I look back on my time as a coach in the NHL, I feel a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Very few individuals in their coaching career have the opportunity to work with incredibly talented athletes like Seregi ZubovDerian HatcherAlex PietrangeloRyan SuterMatt NiskanenJared Spurgeon and John Klingberg . These are a few of the names that stand out, but this list can go on and on involving all positions. The game of hockey has provided my family and I so many opportunities and we are forever appreciative.”

Wilson, 67, just completed his second stint behind the Stars’ bench as he previously served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars from 1992-93 and then the Dallas Stars from 1993-2002. Wilson also spent a short time as head coach of the Stars during the 2001-02 campaign, posting a 13-11-7 record over 32 games, before serving as the team’s associate coach from 2002-09. In total, he spent 18 seasons with the Stars organization, earning a Stanley Cup with the club in 1999, as well as two Presidents’ Trophies, two Western Conference championships and seven division titles.

“We are grateful to Rick and all that he has brought to the Dallas Stars organization and the NHL over his many seasons behind the bench,” Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill said. “He has left a lasting impact on this franchise through the countless hours he’s spent teaching, instructing and developing players as well as preparing them to perform at the highest level on the ice.”

The Prince Albert, Sask. native began his NHL coaching career in 1988-89 as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders for one season before acting in the same role with the Los Angeles Kings from 1989-92. Following his time with Dallas, Wilson served as associate coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning for one season in 2009-10. He then was hired as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild where he spent six seasons from 2010-16. Prior to his return to the Stars, Wilson spent the 2016-17 season with the St. Louis Blues.

In addition to his time behind the bench, Wilson played defenseman for four seasons in the NHL. Originally selected by Montreal in the fifth round (66th overall) of the 1970 NHL Draft, the blueliner recorded 32 points (6-26=32) in 239 career regular-season NHL contests with Montreal, St. Louis and Detroit. He also skated in three postseason games in his career.

 

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It’s been a busy few weeks for the Dallas Stars

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Dallas Stars

Well, we all wish we were watching the Stars fight their way through the playoffs, but this year it was not meant to be. The Stars however, have been busy and are using their time in the extended off season wisely. If you have been elsewhere for the past few weeks here is what you have missed…

Ken Hitchcock announces retirement

Ken Hitchcock

Perhaps the biggest change the Stars will encounter from last season to next is a new head

coach, the astonishing career of Ken Hitchcock comes to end as he announces his retirement from the game. This puts leaves a big gap for the Stars who have a team ready to win and compete in need of a new head coach.

Hitchcock will remain within the Stars organization as a consultant, so hopefully his experience will be passed on to the next guy!

Tyler Seguin nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Stars forward Tyler Seguin had another fantastic season, not only did he pass the 40 goal mark yet again, but he has improved his game in all areas to become a much better all round player. Tyler’s defensive game improved largely and he saw time on the penalty kill this year, I look forward to seeing more of this as it adds much excitement when Benn & Seguin get chances shorthanded.

Tyler Seguin King Clancy

Tyler not only became a better all round player, but also stepped into a more senior leadership role within the team, he may not be a veteran yet, but he is showing he can do so much for this club while continuing to lead the club in scoring goals.

Dallas will pick 13th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft

The Dallas Stars has slim odds at obtaining a top 3 or even top 10 pick in this years draft. I guess this is what happens when you only just miss the playoffs. However, they picked up, just as expected, the 13th overall pick. The draft will be held at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX June this year. Tickets can be found on the Dallas Stars Fan Site Tickets page.

Dallas Stars 13th Pick

The remaining picks for the Stars are yet to be confirmed, the Buffalo Sabres will take the first pick and are almost certain to select Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frolunda (SWE)

Marty Turco named President of the Dallas Stars Foundation

Marty Turco

The former Dallas Stars goaltender and 3 time all-star has spent recent years putting much time and effort into non-profits in the north Texas area, he has been a fan favorite for years and the fans still love to see Turco around the rink. Dallas Stars President sees appointing Marty Turco as a no brainer as he was the perfect fit as President and Chairman of the board of the Dallas Stars Foundation.

Stars sign Jason Robertson

Earlier this week the Dallas Stars signed right wing Jason Robertson to a 3 year entry-level contract, the 18-year old topped the Kingston Frontenacs with 87 points in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) while playing in 68 games last year. He ranked first in the entire OHL with 308 shots on goal.

Jason Robertson

This is a good signing for the Stars as his game continues to develop he will bring more fresh firepower to the Stars team.

Welcome, Jim Montgomery

After the announcement of Hitchcock’s retirement Dallas Stars fans are anxious as to who will coach their team to the playoffs next year, Nill eventually released a statement that he would be patient in the search for a new head coach and that it will be a long process to make sure no mistakes are made and nobody is missed… well, just 2 weeks went by and on 4th May 2018 the Dallas Stars announce the hiring of new Head Coach Jim Montgomery aka ‘Monty’. Yes, that’s another Jim…

Jim Montgomery

This will be the first NHL coaching appointment for Monty, but he is no stranger to league as he played 122 NHL games in his career before stepping behind the bench. Monty even dressed in a Stars uniform back in the day and one of his reasons for wanting to take the Head Coach job was to be able to raise his family in Dallas as he already knows what a wonderful city it is to live in.

Jim comes to the Stars with a winning pedigree, he has turned the college teams that he has coached into champions and has a hard to beat winning record. He sees the Stars as ready and full of talent and is excited to take them all the way.

 

Exciting times again…

As we said, it has been a busy time for the Stars, and already we are starting to feel that this team is going to do well. Last season was not a true reflection of what this team is capable of. Ken Hitchcock fixed a lot of the broken parts of the Stars game and it take the last month of the season out and the Stars were looking unstoppable. Why they broke down and lost it all with just a few weeks left in the season we don’t know, but let’s put it behind us, see what else the off season brings and look forward to seeing the Stars play unstoppable next year.

Thank you for reading.

Luke Hames
Dallas Stars Fan Site
Thoughts? Feel free to comment below

 

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