Player News - Stars

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John Klingberg has been named the top defenseman at the 2018 World Championship.

Klingberg earned one goal and five assists in 10 games for Sweden's gold-medal winning squad at the tournament. He logged a game-high 35:03 of ice time in Sunday's shootout win over Switzerland in the gold-medal game.
May 20 - 5:31 PM

It wouldn't be surprising if Kari Lehtonen isn't back with the Dallas Stars for the 2018-19 campaign.

Lehtonen had some good patches this season and his 2.56 GAA and .912 save percentage in 37 contests aren't bad numbers. However, his inconsistency might have soured the Dallas Stars to him, especially when coupled with his struggles in recent years. If Dallas does re-sign him though, it would involve him taking a substantial pay cut from his expiring five-year, $29.5 million contract. Either way, Ben Bishop will enter the 2018-19 campaign as the team's starter.
May 11 - 5:27 AM

Jim Montgomery says he's going to have his Stars players play a "relentless" style of hockey.

"It’s going to be relentless. We are going to be a puck-possession team and we are going to try to make plays everywhere on the ice," Montgomery said. "When we don’t have the puck, we are going to pressure you so we can get it back and make more plays." Montgomery doesn't have any coaching experience in pro hockey, but he had a lot of success at the University of Denver, so it'll be interesting to see how that translates to the NHL.
May 5 - 8:29 AM

The Dallas Stars have officially named Jim Montgomery as their next head coach.

Montgomery is the 23rd bench boss in the franchise's history. Although he's never served as a coach at the NHL level before, his success as the bench boss for Denver University has made him highly regarded. It's believed that the New York Rangers were also very interested in him for their vacant head coaching role and that he was a frontrunner to take over in Florida last summer before he withdrew himself from consider in 2017 to spend one more season with Denver University. "We are extremely happy to announce Jim as the head coach of the Dallas Stars," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "He has achieved success at every level throughout his coaching career, establishing a unique culture around every team that he has led. He has created a standard of excellence by building trust with his players, while putting systems in place that allow his teams to compete for championships season after season."
May 4 - 11:46 AM

Jason Robertson has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.

Jason had 41 goals and 87 points in 68 OHL games in 2017-18. Dallas took him with the 39th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
May 3 - 6:26 PM

The Dallas Stars might make their hiring of Jim Montgomery official on Friday.

Dallas has scheduled a press conference for Friday morning and it seems likely that they'll take that opportunity to formally introduce Montgomery. He's already been reported as the Stars' next bench boss. Montgomery was considered a frontrunner for the Florida Panthers' head coaching gig last year, but he withdrew himself from consideration to remain with Denver University for another season. It's also believed that the New York Rangers had interest in him for their vacant head coaching spot. He led Denver University to a national championship in 2017 and is highly regarded, though he doesn't have coaching experience at the NHL level.
May 3 - 12:05 PM

The Dallas Stars will reportedly sign Jim Montgomery as their next head coach.

Montgomery is highly regarded due in part to his success as the bench boss for the University of Denver. He led them to a national championship in 2017. He was considered a frontrunner for the Florida Panthers' head coaching gig last summer, but ultimately withdrew himself from consideration in order to stay with Denver University for another season. It was also recently reported that the New York Rangers were interested in Montgomery, so it's possible that the Stars decided to act quicker in order to avoid losing him.
May 2 - 2:26 PM

Jim Montgomery has reportedly emerged as a frontrunner to be the next head coach of the New York Rangers.

Montgomery was seriously considered to be the Panthers' bench boss in the summer of 2017, but he eventually pulled himself from consideration so that he could stay with the University of Denver. Montgomery also reportedly rejected an offer from the Los Angeles Kings to serve as an assistant coach. It's not entirely clear if Montgomery has since decided that he'd be open to leaving the University of Denver, but Rangers GM Jeff Gorton is reportedly "very impressed" by Montgomery. Further complicating things is that the Dallas Stars are also believed to have interest in Montgomery for their vacant head coaching job.
May 2 - 7:27 AM

Mattias Janmark will play for Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

Janmark still needs a new contract, which sometimes makes players think twice about playing during the off-season. Stars GM Jim Nill said Janmark purchased insurance so he could play in the tournament. Nill also stated that contract talks with Janmark are already underway.
Apr 30 - 11:43 AM

Julius Honka will play for Finland at the 2018 World Championship in Denmark.

Honka will be joined by Dallas prospect and fellow defenseman Miro Heiskanen at the tournament. Honka had one goal and four points in 42 NHL appearances during the 2017-18 campaign.
Apr 30 - 11:39 AM

Stars GM Jim Nill has been re-evaluating his philosophy when it comes to determining when prospects should be brought into the NHL.

Nill comes from the old Red Wings' school of waiting for their prospects to be "overripe" before establishing themselves in the NHL. The Red Wings liked to have some of their prospects spend years in the AHL before getting a real shot at the next level. Nill is seeing more merit in allowing players to jump into the league quicker though. "I've always talked about 'overripe' and I truly believed that, but you look around the league and teams are starting to go to their players at a much younger age, and those players are handling the pressure very well," Nill said. "So now we need to consider how we're using players and whether or not they might be ready earlier than we thought." We might see players like Miro Heiskanen make the leap quicker as a result. The blueliner will turn 19-years-old in July and it wouldn't be shocking to see him in the NHL next season after Dallas took him with the third overall pick in 2017.
Apr 29 - 7:09 AM

Dallas Stars prospect Miro Heiskanen will play for Finland at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

HIFK Helsinki were eliminated the Finnish playoffs on Saturday and they have just one bronze medal game remaining against TPS Turku before their season is officially over. The 18-year-old defenseman was the third overall pick from the 2017 NHL Draft and had nine points in 12 playoffs games while leading the team in minutes played. He'll look to push for a roster spot with the Stars next season.
Apr 14 - 4:45 PM

Ken Hitchcock has decided to retire from coaching.

Hitchcock is bringing an end to one of the most successful coaching careers in the history of the NHL. He compiled an 823-506-88-119 record with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and St. Louis Blues. He won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and the Jack Adams Award in 2012. His 823 wins are also the third most ever by a bench boss, behind only Joel Quenneville (884) and Scotty Bowman (1,244). He will continue to serve the Dallas Stars as a consultant.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 13 - 12:46 PM

Jason Spezza has one more season left on a four-year contract that carries a $7.5 million cap hit.

Spezza could be a buyout or trade candidate if the Stars don't want to have him back in 2018-19. "I want to sit down with Jason and see where he is at. I need to talk to the coaching staff and see where they are at with him," said Dallas GM Jim Nill on Monday. "He's got one year left, he's still a pretty good player. Is he a good fit for us, or is that something we need to change? I need to evaluate that." Spezza only produced eight goals and 26 points in 78 games this past campaign. He only had one goal after Jan. 16 and had his ice time drastically reduced.
Apr 13 - 10:32 AM

Remi Elie has been sent to AHL Texas.

The Dallas Stars' season is over, so Elie may as well get some additional playing time with Texas. He had six goals and 14 points in 72 games with Dallas in 2017-18.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 10 - 1:35 PM


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