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Jun 15, 2018

'For four hours I didn’t feel sick at all:' Remembering Dave Strader's return to Stars' booth over a year ago

Editor's note: This article originally published on Feb. 18, 2017.Dave died on Oct. 1 at the age of 62 from a rare but aggressive bile duct cancer -- cholangiocarcinoma -- diagnosed soon after the 2015-16 season, his first and last with the Stars.This was the tweet Trevor mentioned in his tweet above.Shortly after his father's passing, Trevor sang the national anthem before "Hockey Fights Cancer" night at a Stars game on Nov. 6. The original story from Mike Heika is below.=====Normal is a relative term for Dave Strader these days.Too often now, normal is resting more than working, testing out...
Jun 14, 2018
Miro Heiskanen brings a level of elite talent that comes with being drafted third overall

Miro Heiskanen brings a level of elite talent that comes with being drafted third overall

Editor's note: This story was originally published on July 7, 2017.FRISCO -- Miro Heiskanen is a rare player, as far as the Stars are concerned.He was the third overall selection in the 2017 draft, the highest for this organization since Mike Modano went first overall in 1988 to the Minnesota North Stars, and that means something. Despite not turning 18 until July 18, Heiskanen, who's 6-1, 172 pounds, already is the team's top prospect and is earmarked for greatness.It's a tough expectation but one that comes with the position."It is different," said Stars assistant general manager Scott...
Jun 4, 2018
How Ken Hitchcock's time with Mike Modano has helped him this year with Tyler Seguin

How Ken Hitchcock's time with Mike Modano has helped him this year with Tyler Seguin

Editor's note: This was originally published April 1.It seemed perfect that Mike Modano was on hand Saturday when Tyler Seguin scored his 40th goal of the season.It was the first time Seguin tallied 40 goals, and he became just the third player since the team moved to Dallas in 1993 to hit that mark -- with Modano and Jamie Benn being the others. And while that paints a picture of toe drags and dekes and one-timers, the manner in which Seguin tallied these numbers is the real story.He did it by playing defense.Well, by letting his defense lead to his offense.It's a well-worn strategy in the...
May 31, 2018
The good, the bad and the ugly from the Dallas Stars' 2017-18 season

The good, the bad and the ugly from the Dallas Stars' 2017-18 season

The GoodOct. 14: Ken Hitchcock passes Al Arbour for third all-time on the NHL coaching wins list at 783. The former hockey equipment salesman who never played pro hockey is a real Cinderella story, and it seemed perfect that he passed this milestone behind the Stars bench, where his NHL career started.Dec. 31: Ben Bishop posts 26 saves in a 6-0 shutout win over the San Jose Sharks at home in the traditional New Year's Eve Game, as Dallas climbs into the top five in goals against average. It was an important moment for a team that finished 29th in GAA the year before and 30th in save...
May 29, 2018
He said it: The best, most telling and craziest quotes from the Dallas Stars' 2017-18 season

He said it: The best, most telling and craziest quotes from the Dallas Stars' 2017-18 season

Editor's note: This was originally published April 6. From being declared "undisputed champions of the offseason" to missing the playoffs, the Stars' 2017-2018 season was a whirlwind. Here's a look at some of the best quotes Sportsday's Mike Heika heard this season:"You have to adjust, you have to understand the younger mind. Every opportunity I get, I try to get with younger coaches who are coaching younger players, and I try to see what they're doing. They're more visual now, they've grown up different. In a lot of ways, they're more prepared and better coached than they've ever...
May 24, 2018
'It's a hard lesson': Former Dallas Stars players open up about what it's like to play for Ken Hitchcock

'It's a hard lesson': Former Dallas Stars players open up about what it's like to play for Ken Hitchcock

Editor's note: This story was originally published on April 12, 2017.Mike Modano wasn't the biggest fan of Ken Hitchcock when the two were player and coach, but a lot has changed since then.Modano said that finding success under Hitchcock, who is expected to be announced Thursday as the Stars' next head coach, helped change his attitude."We're actually good friends now, we talk all the time," Modano said from his Arizona home Wednesday morning. "You learn as you get older."Modano said that current Stars players will also learn under Hitchcock, but that it will be a battle. When Hitchcock came...
May 21, 2018
How we graded the Dallas Stars: The highs (Tyler Seguin), the lows (Jason Spezza) and more

How we graded the Dallas Stars: The highs (Tyler Seguin), the lows (Jason Spezza) and more

All offseason, Mike Heika has analyzed how the Dallas Stars fared during the 2017 season. Here is a full compilation of his grades.ForwardsJamie BennSeason recap: Benn started his eight-year contract that averages $9.5 million and also started a season under new head coach Ken Hitchcock, and he was good for much of the first four months, but not great. He then finished the season with a flurry and pushed his numbers up to a very solid 79 points in 82 games. In the end, it's difficult to argue with the statistics on a team that really struggled to score goals.Season grade: BJason...
May 20, 2018
The top 3 Stars most likely to depart from this season's team

The top 3 Stars most likely to depart from this season's team

Editor's note: This was originally published April 6.Mike Heika, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat in early April. Here are some highlights:Who are your top 3 most likely to depart from this season's team?Heika: I would say Kari Lehtonen, Jason Spezza and Antoine Roussel. I think they need a new back-up goalie, that Spezza just isn't a fit anymore, and that Roussel will probably find a better deal elsewhere. They like Remi Elie, and he can do a lot of the stuff Roussel does at a greatly reduced price.Do you...

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