Stars Rumors & News

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • The praise for Jamie Benn's new contract is well-deserved

    SB Nation "Dallas pundits are lauding Jamie Benn's new deal as one of the best in DFW sports. It's hard to argue against that, but it's only excellent in context. If John Klingberg hadn't been locked up for pennies (seriously, seven years for $4.25 million per year is a steal) then the Stars might've had to..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Brad Richards Retires After 15 Seasons "Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons. Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Stars GM: Seguin should be ready for World Cup after calf injury

    The Score "Amid a Jamie Benn-centric Friday for the Dallas Stars, general manager Jim Nill offered an update on the team's other superstar forward. Center Tyler Seguin, who was limited to just one of his team's 13 playoff games this past spring due to a calf injury, is expected to be fully recovered in..." July 17

  • Stars GM on Benn: ‘He’s in the prime of his career’

    Sportsnet "Jamie Benn may have just become one of the richest players in the NHL, but he also saved his organization a year-long headache. On Friday, Benn signed a massive eight-year, $76-million contract extension with the Dallas Stars, removing him from 2017’s free agent pool and sparing the team the..." July 16

  • Stars sign Benn to 8-year, $76M contract extension

    USA Today "Dallas forward Jamie Benn has signed an eight-year extension with the team, the Stars announced Friday. The contract is worth $76 million and has an average annual value of $9.5 million, making Benn among the game's highest-earning stars. The Stars' captain has been one of the best players..." July 16

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Jamie Benn Has Offseason Surgery, Expected To Be Ready For Training Camp

    Defending Big D "Last summer, Jamie Benn underwent double hip surgery to repair injuries he had played through all season long. That was the same season in which he won the Art Ross Trophy for scoring the most points in the league. On two bum hips. In a season in which he played 82 games. The Dallas Stars..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Jamie Oleksiak inks extension with Stars

    Today's Slapshot "Former first-round pick defenseman Jamie Oleksiak didn’t have the best 2015-16 season, putting up just two assists and playing in just 19 NHL games last year for the Dallas Stars. Despite this, though, the Central Division club has decided to bring him back for at least one more year. Per..." July 12

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Talented forward Devin Shore looks to make a major comeback following last year's minor setback

    Sports Day "Devin Shore isn't about to let a little thing like shoulder surgery stand in the way of his NHL dream. So the versatile forward is working hard to bounce back from missing half of last season and said he even wants to make the injury a positive if he can. "I really just want to make the best..." July 10

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Want the Stars to trade for Fleury? Why I think that might not be a good idea

    Sports Day "Question: What is your opinion about how much the NHL got for the new Las Vegas team? Did they overpay? I read on Deadspin that Quebec City already has a new arena built for the team they did not get. How long before they get a team to occupy it? Heika: I think it is an overpay, but the..." July 07

  • Who Could the Dallas Stars Offer in a Potential Goalie Trade?

    Defending Big D "The NHL's silly season is almost over, but like the last few years, the Dallas Stars seem to be sniffing around a few trade options. Instead of continuing to load up the forward corps, no matter how fun it would be to score six goals every game, the Stars seem to be instead looking at the net,..." July 06

  • Agent: Russell didn't turn down Leafs' offer

    TSN "Kris Russell has not closed the door on signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his agent Allain Roy said Sunday. Roy took to Twitter to shoot down rumours that Russell had rejected a contract from the Leafs. He did not say whether the defenceman has received interest or an offer from the Maple..." July 04

  • Stars sign Adam Cracknell to one-year, two-way contract

    Sports Day "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed right wing Adam Cracknell to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Cracknell, 30, split the 2015-16 regular season with Vancouver and Edmonton. He posted ten points (5-5=10) in..." July 03

  • Bruins are ‘kicking the tires’ on a Kris Russell deal

    CSN New England "The Bruins are kicking the tires on 29-year-old free agent defenseman Kris Russell as they continue to look for offseason solutions on the blue line, according to a league source. Russell is the biggest name still left on the free agent market for defensemen after the Florida Panthers signed Jason..." July 03

  • Panthers, Demers agree on 5-year, $22.5 million contract

    Sportsnet "Jason Demers has reached agreement on a $22.5-million, five-year contract with the Florida Panthers, Sportsnet has learned. The right-shooting defenceman was a highly coveted commodity on the free-agent market and garnered multiple offers when the signing period opened Friday. Florida is..." July 02

  • It sounds like someone is gonna pay Kris Russell big money

    Pro Hockey Talk "It didn’t take very long for fireworks to go off during free agent frenzy on Friday, but there’s still a number of free agents available, including Kris Russell. Reports surfaced late yesterday afternoon saying that Russell had signed a long-term deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Minutes..." July 02

  • Dallas Stars Sign Goaltender Maxime Lagace "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed goaltender Maxime Lagace to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the signing were not disclosed. Lagace, 23, posted a 19-10-3 record with a .913 save percentage, a 2.90 goals against average and a shutout..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs interested in Kris Russell

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping to bolster their blue line when free agency begins July 1. The team is looking to add a top-four defenseman, TSN's Darren Dreger reported during Thursday's "Insider Trading," adding that the team has "shown interest" in pending unrestricted free agent Kris..." July 01

  • Dan Hamhuis signs with Dallas Stars

    Canucks Army "McKenzie mentioned on TSN that the deal was 2 years for $3.75M per season. Hamhuis signing with the Stars isn't surprising given that he had waived his NTC to go to Dallas at the trading deadline, but ultimately was never dealt as Canucks and Stars management could not come to an agreement on a..." July 01

  • New Jersey Devils Sign Ben Lovejoy, Vern Fiddler

    HockeyBuzz "The New Jersey Devils have shored up their blue line a little bit by signing defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a three-year contract worth $2.66 million per season. Lovejoy is a 32-year-old right-handed shot who averaged almost 19 minutes a night on the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He probably..." July 01

  • Florida Panthers Sign Forwards Colton Sceviour & Jonathan Marchessault "Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced today that the Panthers have signed forwards Colton Sceviour (SEE-vee-yuhr) and Jonathan Marchessault (mahr-SHUH-soh) to two-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 27-year old Sceviour recorded 23 points..." July 01

  • Lucic met face-to-face with Stars' owner

    The Score "Don't order your Milan Lucic jerseys just yet, Edmonton Oilers fans. Lucic reportedly met face-to-face with the Dallas Stars, led by owner Tom Gaglardi, his agent, Gerry Johannson told NEWS 1130 Sports. The discussion took place in Lucic's hometown of Vancouver, and Johannson also said it..." June 30

  • Steven Stamkos contract extension should make Stars fans happy for a couple of Jamie Benn-related reasons

    Sports Day "In one fell swoop, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman might have become the best friend of Stars' fans Wednesday. By signing Steven Stamkos to an eight-year contract extension that averages $8.5 million, Yzerman set a perfect market price for Stars' captain Jamie Benn and also created..." June 30

  • Stars announce qualifying offers for several players, including Valeri Nichushkin

    Sports Day "The Stars sent out qualifying offers Monday to four restricted free agents, including Valeri Nichushkin. It's an administrative move that is expected to lead to a contract extension for Nichushkin, the 10th pick in the 2013 draft. He is coming off a three-year entry-level contract that averaged..." June 28

  • Stars announce qualifying offers for Nichushkin, Oleksiak, Lagace, Stransky

    Sports Day "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has issued qualifying offers for the following players, thus retaining their negotiating rights: PLAYER - POSITION Valeri Nichushkin - RW Jamie Oleksiak - D Matej Stransky - RW Maxime Lagace - G The following players were..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Dallas Stars Acquire Defenseman Nick Ebert From The Los Angeles Kings In Exchange For Goaltender Jack Campbell "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Nick Ebert from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Jack Campbell. Ebert, 22, appeared in 44 games for the Ontario Reign, Los Angeles' American Hockey League affiliate, and produced 12..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Dallas Stars Sign Defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (3-9=12) in 64 regular-season games. His three goals on the..." June 24

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Report: Dallas Stars may wait until regular season to upgrade goalies

    Puck Drunk Love "The Dallas Stars’ struggle in goal in 2015-16 was evident, but the team might not immediately look for an upgrade between the pipes. Pierre LeBrun of reports Stars general manager Jim Nill might end up upgrading his shoddy goaltending situation in the offseason, but he writes Dallas..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Stars free agent defenseman Demers seeking $5.5 million per season

    The Hockey News "The Stars have already had to part ways with one of their top defenseman, Alex Goligoski, because the free agent-to-be couldn’t come to terms on a contract with Dallas. Goligoski may be joined as a Stars cast off, though, as it appears Jason Demers could be on his way out of Texas, as well. The..." June 20

  • Coyotes plan to woo Alex Goligoski over 2-day visit

    The Score "The Arizona Coyotes will do their best to make a believer out of Alex Goligoski. General manager John Chayka sent a fifth-round pick to the Dallas Stars for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent's negotiating rights, and the club plans to make the most of the opportunity to sign Goligoski to a..." June 19

  • Stars looking to the kids to fill multiple holes on blue line

    The Score "The Dallas Stars are set to promote a few employees. Defensemen, in particular. Even after trading the negotiating rights of blue-liner Alex Goligoski to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, the Stars will head into July 1 with another three defensemen set to hit the open market: Jordie Benn, Jason..." June 18

  • Stars' Nill: Goligoski earned the right to become UFA

    The Score "Alex Goligoski's future is now in his hands. The 30-year-old had his negotiating rights traded to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday - giving the club roughly two weeks of exclusive negotiating power - a right that Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill admits Goligoski was owed. "He's earned..." June 17

  • Stars' deal Goligoski's negotiating rights to Coyotes

    The Score "The Arizona Coyotes have acquired the negotiating rights to defenseman Alex Goligoski from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, the Coyotes announced Thursday. The deal - which was first reported by ESPN's Craig Custance - will give the Coyotes an exclusive..." June 16

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16