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Aug 17, 2018
Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Summer of Benn

Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Summer of Benn

The captain has had quite an eclectic summer. Plus, it’s lists and rankings season, a Miro sighting, and more! Happy Friday, everyone! I hope the upcoming weekend finds you well. I don’t have much to say today, so we’ll get right into it. Enjoy some baseball, life, family, friends, or preseason football, if that’s your thing (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Jamie Benn has stayed busy this summer, seemingly having a good mix of fun and work. Mike Heika sat down to ask him some questions about it: On the music he likes to listen to: Benn: A little bit of everything,...
Aug 15, 2018
Wednesday Links: Jermaine Loewen’s Hockey Journey

Wednesday Links: Jermaine Loewen’s Hockey Journey

From Jamaica to Kelowna to Traverse City, the Stars prospect is not throwing away his shot. Plus, John Klingberg celebrates a birthday, and Ryan Ellis celebrates his John Klingberg deal. Hockey will be back before you know it: The 2018 Traverse City Prospects Tournament is only a few weeks away, September 7-11. And one Dallas Stars draftee will stand out just by being there. Just about everyone knows that Kamloops Blazers forward Jermaine Loewen is the first Jamaican-born player to be drafted by the NHL, but it’s a great story that bears retelling. Jeff Allen of NHL.com talked with...
Aug 14, 2018
Stargazing Episode #71: Six Flags

Stargazing Episode #71: Six Flags

Logan, Wes, and Rob talk top six. Who’s ready to step up...or flame out? This week, Logan, Wes, and Rob discuss the Dallas Stars’ depth-scoring situation, starting with the top six. With three players probably locked into the top two forward lines, who will step up...or flame out? Ask yourself this: Is Devin Shore the new Jamie Langenbrunner? Is it time to roll the dice on Radek Faksa? Is Brett Ritchie going to live up - or down - to expectations? Is Valeri Nichushkin 4.0 as good as Val 1.0 (Rookie Edition), or is he more Val 2.0 (Post-Surgery)? Is Mattias Janmark a Swiss army knife,...
Aug 13, 2018
Monday Links: Radek Faksa’s Breakthrough

Monday Links: Radek Faksa’s Breakthrough

Is the Stars’ center a potential dark horse candidate for the Selke Trophy next season? Plus, jersey announcements for the newcomers, NHL contract talk, and much more. While the Dallas Stars had a disappointing season last year under Ken Hitchcock, there are silver linings to be found, such as the breakout campaign by Radek Faksa. Although his time on ice actually decreased from 16:10 the previous season to 15:16, it was clear that the head coach relied heavily on the young Czech: To put things mildly, Faksa was used in a heavy defensive role these past two seasons, but that went to an...
Aug 10, 2018
Friday Links: Next Season, In #MurderDeathKill

Friday Links: Next Season, In #MurderDeathKill

Craig Custance sizes up the championship potential in the NHL’s most brutal division. Plus, feel the John Klingberg love, and catch up with the other players who were part of The Trade. Before the Dallas Stars can win their next Stanley Cup, they must win the Central Division. And let’s face it, winning the Central may be the hardest thing a #MurderDeathKill Division team will do all season. Craig Custance takes a look at all seven teams to see how they measure up to the reigning champions – the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Custance evaluated them according to five factors he says...
Aug 8, 2018
Wednesday Links: The New Voice of the Stars

Wednesday Links: The New Voice of the Stars

Josh Bogorad talks about his career in broadcasting and what it’s like to be the new play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Stars. Plus, the top centers in the league, some USA hockey controversy, and more. Sometimes, the path you take towards achieving your dreams isn’t quite what you might expect. That’s my main takeaway from a recent interview with Josh Bogorad, who will be the new play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Stars this upcoming season. Bogorad has been with the Stars organization for the past five seasons as a studio host, but did play-by-play in Corpus Christi, Texas and...
Aug 7, 2018
Stargazing Episode #70: Seguin Agonistes

Stargazing Episode #70: Seguin Agonistes

In which Wes, Rob, and Logan discuss the very real struggles of the Tyler Seguin Extension Saga, Jason Spezza’s future, and more. August is the deepest pit in the offseason. Come on in — we have punch and pie. This week, Wes, Rob, and Logan weigh in on the (ow-ie, sting-y) burning question of the Dallas Stars’ summer of 2018: When will Tyler Seguin re-sign with the team...or will he stay at all? There’s plenty more to discuss along the way, including whether another marquee trade can supercharge the offense, whether Jason Spezza can be the next Joe Thornton, whether GM Jim Nill is...
Aug 6, 2018
Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Seguin Heist

Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Seguin Heist

While it was sad to see Loui Eriksson go, the Stars clearly won that trade. Plus, big contracts, one of the Jim’s on the NHL Network, and more! Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of the trade that brought Tyler Seguin to Dallas (which kind of blows my mind). I was a huge Loui Eriksson guy, so I was slightly devastated at the time, but realized that the Dallas Stars were bringing in an incredibly young, incredibly talented player who had gotten a bad rap in Boston mostly because of the insane media scrutiny there. Time has proven that Dallas robbed Boston in this transaction: In four...
Aug 3, 2018
Friday Links: The Klingberg Gamble

Friday Links: The Klingberg Gamble

The seven-year deal could have gone south very quickly for Dallas, but instead John Klingberg’s contract has been a huge steal for the Stars. Plus, Shane Doan is getting his number retired, updates on all sorts of contract situations, and much more. A little more than three years ago, John Klingberg was an impending restricted free agent when he signed a seven-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars worth $29.75 million. It was a pretty substantial deal for someone who had only 65 NHL games under his belt, but needless to say it’s worked out fantastically for the Stars: Heading...
Aug 2, 2018
Systems Update: Predicting the Dallas Stars’ Strategy and Tactics Under Jim Montgomery

Systems Update: Predicting the Dallas Stars’ Strategy and Tactics Under Jim Montgomery

Jim Montgomery looks like he’ll blend the old school with the new school for the 2018-2019 season. Unfortunately we have to wait and see whether that’s good or bad, but it looks good. “Styles make fights.” That’s the old cliché in boxing. It’s a nice little heuristic for the rock-paper-scissors-like interaction between fighters, and how certain styles are naturally more effective against certain opponents before the first punch is even thrown. Hockey has a similar corollary when it comes to systems. Systems make fights. Granted, hockey is not as violent. Usually. But you...
Aug 1, 2018
Wednesday Links: Fourth Line Centers

Wednesday Links: Fourth Line Centers

Who should man the middle spot for the Stars’ grit-and-grind squad? Plus, a few new contracts, a new broadcast team, and more! Happy Hump Day, friends! There were a few signings over the last couple of days, but other than that, not exactly a lot of notable stuff going on in the NHL world right now. Have a great rest of the week! Fourth lines in today’s NHL aren’t filled with enforcers like decades past, but the current players who fill the line can still provide a lot of value to a team. Typically a team wants a fourth liner to do at least one of the following things: provide energy,...
Jul 31, 2018
Analyzing The Dallas Stars’ Organizational Depth Under Age 25

Analyzing The Dallas Stars’ Organizational Depth Under Age 25

The Stars have accumulated a deep mix of young NHLers and prospects with NHL potential, but will it be enough to create future success? The summer months between hockey seasons are a great time to take a step back and analyze different aspects of teams, how well they have performed and how well they project to perform in the future. The main frenzy of NHL free agency passed earlier this month, but there are still free agents left to be signed and trades that could still be made. Because of this, along with just natural anticipation for what happens next, most of the analysis going on right...
Jul 30, 2018
Razor Moves Back To Color Analyst With Josh Bogorad As His Play-By-Play Partner

Razor Moves Back To Color Analyst With Josh Bogorad As His Play-By-Play Partner

The Stars finalize their broadcast team for the new season. The on-ice product wasn’t the only thing the Dallas Stars had to make changes on this offseason. The organization saw the departure of Craig Ludwig as the color analyst of their simulcast television and radio broadcasts for the past two seasons when Daryl ‘Razor’ Reaugh had moved to fill in on play-by-play after the late Dave Strader’s cancer diagnosis. Ludwig had been part of the Fox Sports Southwest intermission team previously, and as a former player, stepped into the color analyst role to provide that view point for...
Jul 30, 2018
Matching Minors: Goal-Setting for 2018-2019

Matching Minors: Goal-Setting for 2018-2019

The last two years have made it clear that the Dallas Stars are in dire need of balanced offense. Can they find it before next season, or is it going to be another nail-biting year in Big D? First things first, this article was written on an island. On that island, in addition to the usual coconuts, hula girls, and whatnot, the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes is not a thing. You see, it can’t be a thing. Not if we’re going to talk about other aspects of Free Agency, at least not while the Dallas Stars are in the mix. Which they are, or were, or might be. Honestly, it’s hard to tell from...
Jul 30, 2018
Monday Links: How Underpaid Is Gemel Smith?

Monday Links: How Underpaid Is Gemel Smith?

How will the high-energy forward argue for a meaningful raise? Plus, “Tom Wilson money” becomes a thing, and brother acts at the World Junior Summer Showcase. It isn’t 100 percent extension anxiety about Tyler Seguin among Dallas Stars fans this summer – suddenly, we also get to worry about Gemel Smith. The fan favorite cleared waivers on Friday, mere days ahead of his arbitration hearing on Wednesday. It was clearly a power move by the Stars’ front office, and it seems to have worked. Does Smith still have a case to get a raise from his 2017-2018 salary of $650,000? What are the...