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Stars GM Nill confident in getting Jamie Benn signed to extension

Benn was a finalist for the Hart Trophy this season.

Shaq brings US basketball diplomacy to Cuban capital

NBA great Shaquille ONeal has become the latest emissary for American outreach to the people of Cuba.

Fewer players are getting arrested in the offseason

The NFL has taken a hard line over the last decade when it comes to players who get into trouble away from the field. Changes to the Personal Conduct Policy in 2007 had an impact, but even more changes (including the introduction of paid leave) sparked by 2014 incidents involving Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, and

Falcons don’t rule out playing 2017 preseason home games not in their new home

Theres been plenty of news lately about the eventually-to-be-opened-Falcons stadium, and not much of it good. The whole cheap-beer-and-hot-dog news was good. The whole $200-million-more-in-change-orders wasnt good. The $172-million-in-money-for-nothing news was good for the team but not for the folks who have to buy the right to actually sit in the seats that go with
Defending Big D Jun 25, 2016

2016 NHL Draft Day 2 Open Thread

Two fifth-round picks? Jamie Benn and John Klingberg say hey. Day 2 of the NHL Draft always has the potential to be exciting for Dallas Stars fans. As the 2016 draft enters Saturday action, here's the place to discuss the newest guys in Victory Green. As of this writing, Dallas has picks at these positions: Third Round: No. 90 Fourth Round: No. 116 Fifth Round: No. 128 Fifth Round: No. 146 Sixth Round: No. 176 Things can change in an instant, though, and we'll update this post in the event of major moves. We'll post discussion of the picks as the day goes on. You can visit Dallas Stars...
Defending Big D Jun 24, 2016

Dallas Stars Daily Links: How Scouting Sagacity Made Jamie Benn a (Dallas) Star

Sportsnet takes a closer look at a textbook case of late-round NHL Draft larceny. Plus, all eyes are on tonight's selection action, and the entire league is trying to make a deal for P.K. Subban. If the 2006 NHL Draft were held today, new wisdom – or 20/20 hindsight, same diff – says Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn would be selected No. 2 overall. So how did so much talent end up waiting on the fifth round? Sportsnet's Gare Joyce has written a great piece on how careful scouting (and just the right amount of waiting) gave the world Captain Benn, first-team NHL All-Star. The reasons...
Defending Big D Jun 23, 2016

2016 NHL Entry Draft: Notable Dallas Stars Targets For 3rd Round

There's been plenty of talk lately about who the Stars could take with their 1st round pick. Let's now instead take a look at players that could be good fits for the team in the 3rd round The worst kept secret about drafting and development in the NHL is that the most successful organizations regularly uncover talent outside of the 1st round. The Dallas Stars have had plenty of success at this over the past decade, finding franchise-changing players like Jamie Benn and John Klingberg in the back half of their draft years. It's something that the team will have to rely on doing again this...
Defending Big D Jun 23, 2016

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Hockey in Vegas and the 2016 NHL Awards Winners

The Stars aren't taking home any hardware from the NHL Awards, but Jamie Benn is on the First All-Star Team. Plus, hockey is officially heading to Vegas, and a roundup of trade and free agency talk. If you missed the NHL Awards last night, here's who walked away with the hardware. #NHLAwards WinnersCalder: PanarinTed Lindsay: KaneGM: RutherfordMasterton: JagrMessier: WeberKing Clancy: H. Sedin — NHL (@NHL) June 23, 2016 #NHLAwards WinnersSelke: KopitarRocket Richard: OvechkinJennings: Andersen & GibsonJack Adams: TrotzArt Ross: Kane — NHL (@NHL) June 23, 2016 #NHLAwards...
Defending Big D Jun 22, 2016

Jamie Benn Named NHL First-Team All-Star for Second Time in Career

It is the third consecutive selection to the post-season all-star team for Benn and the second time in his career he received first-team honors. Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn was named the best left wing in the 2015-16 NHL regular season at the conclusion of the 2016 NHL Awards on Wednesday, picking up his third consecutive nomination to the post-season NHL All-Star team. For the second time in his career, it was a first-team selection - not bad for a fifth-round pick from small-town British Columbia. NHL All-Star first team:G Braden HoltbyD Drew Doughty / Erik KarlssonLW Jamie BennC...
Defending Big D Jun 22, 2016

Jamie Benn Finishes Third in Hart Trophy Voting as Patrick Kane Wins Easily

The Stars captain was left off 17 total ballots as Kane rolled to the league's MVP award. With all the votes tallied up on Wednesday night, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn finished third in the voting for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the league. Here is the final tally: Hart Trophy voting pic.twitter.com/vqwi7efX0x — Sean Leahy (@Sean_Leahy) June 23, 2016 Patrick Kane ran away with the voting, and based solely on his production during the season, that makes some measure of sense. The off-season criminal accusations obviously didn't weigh that heavily on the...

Cult of Hockey poll: Which player should the Oilers select in the 2016 draft?

This is the time of year when 17 and 18 year old hockey players are compared to NHL greats, when fans, scouts and general managers compared this young defenceman to Drew Doughty and this young forward to Jamie Benn. Rarely is a discouraging word heard, but that was not the case last week on Jason […]
Defending Big D Jun 6, 2016

Matching Minors: Jamie Benn's Contract

This should be a quick one, right? The Stars back up a truck, give their captain a pile of money and it's all over. Only, how big is the truck, and how big is the pile? Also, what if they don't? Marcus and I gave the matter a little thought Jamie Benn is about to get himself paid. The 26-year old left winger heads into the final year of his current contract on the heels of two playoff appearances in the past three seasons, a scoring title, and very serious Hart trophy consideration. No, none of this is news, I just really like mentioning how amazing Bennie the Younger is. The interesting...
Defending Big D Jun 2, 2016

Dallas Stars 2015-16 Player Grades: Jamie Benn

Somehow, Jamie Benn got better after having both of his hips repaired last offseason. Being a captain in the NHL is a similar responsibility to quarterback of a football team. Most of the time, the skipper takes more than his fair share of blame in the bad times and the same for praise in the good times. The Stars' captain Jamie Benn is no exception to this rule. Last season Benn won the Art Ross trophy with 87 points (35G 52A), so to say expectations were high entering the 2015-16 season would be the understatement of the year. Benn did not disappoint. The Dallas Skipper played all 82...

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