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After a year of 'flying blind,' Stars have identity in season No. 2 of Nill, Ruff era

As much as Jim Nill and Lindy Ruff were able to change a great deal of culture in the Stars last season — ending a five-year playoff drought — the transition to Victory Green took a lot more work than just pulling on new sweaters. Now, with a year under their belt, and a focus honed by confidence and experience, the belief is the 2014-15 Stars can be significantly better. “Looking...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Star Sign RFA Brenden Dillon

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brenden Dillon to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dillon, 23, recorded career-highs in almost every statistical category during the 2013-14 campaign. He finished the season with 17 points (6-11=17), including two shorthanded goals...
Via Kukla's Korner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars still young, expectations growing

While the Dallas Stars are still young, their expectations have clearly changed. This group is no longer just hoping to get to the playoffs. ''We've been together for a year now. The new players have fit in well,'' said Jamie Benn, their 25-year-old captain. ''We've got a little bit more confidence as a group just making the playoffs, and I think we...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Spezza wants to ‘get comfortable’ before talking contract with Stars

When Stars GM Jim Nill landed prized center Jason Spezza in an offseason trade with Ottawa, he expressed optimism that a contract extension would be forthcoming. So far, though, no extension has been signed and Spezza, 31, remains a pending unrestricted free agent. So…what’s going on? “They’ve expressed that they want to talk [extension],” Spezza told ESPN.com. “And...
Via Pro Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars Announce Cody Eakin Signing

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Cody is a two-way, young forward who competes hard and has the ability to make plays offensively," said Nill. "He has just scratched the surface in terms of his development...
Via Kukla's Korner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Rich Peverley still not cleared

Rich Peverley has been working hard to return to hockey after collapsing on the bench on March 10 due to an irregular heartbeat, but as training camp starts, he’s still not ready to skate. As the Dallas Stars took the ice at the Forth Worth Convention Center, Peverley was in the building but spent his time bonding with the fans who had come out to watch the practice. Rich Peverley...
Via NESN.com
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dallas Stars Are On The Rise

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, In a league where one of the most common refrains is that it’s next to impossible to acquire top-end centers, Jim Nill picked up Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza just over a year on the job as general manager in Dallas. Mercy. No wonder the Stars are a trendy pick ahead of this season to continue its onward climb in the tough Western Conference...
Via Kukla's Korner
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Spezza: Jim Nill made the Dallas Stars an attractive team to join

If you are a fantasy hockey manager look no further than the Dallas Stars this season. The Stars' made headlines  earlier this summer when they were able to land career point -per- game Jason Spezza. The signing signaled the Dallas Stars are a young exciting team looking to add pieces that will help them win right now.  New Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza joined BaD Radio...
Via Hockey Fan Land
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars GM on signing Jason Spezza to an extension: 'I think it's going to happen'

Stars GM Jim Nill held an "Ask the GM" segment on the Stars official website earlier this month. Here are some highlights from the interview. On if the team is a Stanley Cup contender: “Stanley Cup contending teams are teams that make the playoffs. The NHL has changed. The parity in the league is so close. We’re all one or two players from being that team, whether...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Shooting for the Stars

The Dallas Stars are going to be the team to watch in the 2014-15 NHL season in my opinion. Jim Nill is doing amazing things in Dallas and the on-ice product is going to be outstanding. In the past two off-seasons alone Nill has added Shawn Horcoff (bet you didn’t think I’d start there), Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky, and Val Nichushkin. The best GMs in the league struggle...
Via TopSportsReport
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bar has been set high for Nichushkin

When Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill acquired Tyler Seguin, he was giving the team one of the best young duos in hockey. Seguin and Jamie Benn combined to score 71 goals and 163 points in their first season together. More often than not, rookie Valeri Nichushkin was playing alongside them and while he didn’t put up nearly as many points as Seguin or Benn, he did have a solid season with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars GM Jim Nill big on using advanced statistics

If you're an avid follower of hockey pundits on Twitter, or just the game in general, you probably know that hardly a day goes by without an impassioned debate regarding the validity and use of advanced statistics. It's not unlike the debate that flooded baseball over decades culminating in the publication of Michael Lewis' best-selling book Moneyball. The major difference...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars Re-Sign Forward Scott Glennie

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that forward Scott Glennie has been re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Glennie, 23, concluded his third full season with the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). With Texas, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward scored a professional...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars Agree To Terms With Forward Antoine Roussel

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Antoine Roussel on a four-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Roussel, 24, concluded his second season with the Dallas Stars, earning career highs during the regular season in games played (81), goals (14), assists (15), points (29) and penalty minutes...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Eaves Ready to Join and Contribute to Up-Tempo Stars

Last Tuesday, as he was about to begin a conference call with media to discuss what had been a busy and productive day for the Dallas Stars on the opening day of NHL free agency, Stars general manager Jim Nill said almost as an aside that the club's final move of the day was that they had signed veteran winger Patrick Eaves to a one-year deal. Eaves, 30, had of course spent the...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars will do nothing on defense this summer; Jim Nill says it's all part of his plan

Like a wine stain on a wedding gown, the Stars’ defense still has many fans seeing red. While general manager Jim Nill put some zing in his second line and added an admirable project at backup goalie this week, he didn’t touch the defense. That’s right, nothing. And haven’t you been hearing for the last four years that the blueline is where this team needs the most attention...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Nill Trusts His Youngsters On Defense

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Like a wine stain on a wedding gown, the Stars’ defense still has many fans seeing red. While general manager Jim Nill put some zing in his second line and added an admirable project at backup goalie this week, he didn’t touch the defense. That’s right, nothing. And haven’t you been hearing for the last four years that...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vernon Fiddler spurns better offers, re-signs with Stars to partake in Jim Nill's makeover

Vernon Fiddler took less money Wednesday to come back to the Dallas Stars, and that’s what the “culture” of Jim Nill’s makeover can create. “Honestly, I had better offers. But I wanted to stay with this team and finish the job,” Fiddler said after signing a two-year deal that will pay him $1 million next season and $1.5 million in 2015-16. “There is a real attraction...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

After busy day for Stars, Nill pleased with Tuesday's additions

FRISCO, Texas---When Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill was asked if the club was done adding new players for the day on Tuesday afternoon, the longtime hockey man admitted he was a bit tired and for good reason. On Tuesday, the first full day of NHL free agency, the Stars acquired veteran center Jason Spezza in a trade with the Ottawa Senators and signed backup goaltender Anders...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Nill makes another bold move as Stars acquire Spezza

The Dallas Stars and general manager Jim Nill wasted little time in making their first move in NHL free agency. Tuesday morning the Stars acquired veteran center Jason Spezza from the Senators in a deal that sent Alex Chiasson plus two others to Ottawa. Spezza, 31, has one year remaining on his current contract with the Senators and was set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas GM Jim Nill Speaks: Talks Spezza Trade

  The Dallas Stars have been linked to the Ottawa Senators in rumours involving Senators center Jason Spezza. Their general manager, Jim Nill, was on Dallas/Fort Worth radio this morning on The Ticket 1310 talking at length about his desire to acquire a second line center and most importantly, he even confirmed his very real interest in acquiring Spezza (amongst other unnamed players...
Via The 6th Sens
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars add young blueliners to talent stockpile

The Dallas Stars took six defensemen with their eight picks Saturday in Rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The moves came a day after the Stars selected defenseman Julius Honka with their first-round pick. “It was just kind of how the draft worked out. It wasn’t something we were concentrating on at all,” director of amateur scouting Joe...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars go defensive and offensive in first round by picking Honka

One of the few needs the Dallas Stars had within their organization heading into the start of the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia on Friday was a right-handed defenseman who was offensive minded and who could also quarterback the power play. Well, Stars general manager Jim Nill and company got their man with the 14th overall pick by selecting Julius Honka, an 18-year-old Finnish defenseman...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars go defensive, offensive in first round with Honka

One of the few needs the Dallas Stars had within their organization heading into the start of the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia on Friday was a right-handed defenseman who was offensive minded and who could also quarterback the power play. Well, Stars general manager Jim Nill and company got their man with the 14th overall pick by selecting Julius Honka, an 18-year-old Finnish defenseman...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL draft is an exercise in relinquishing control

ESPN's Scott Burnside penned a fascinating article about the NHL draft as witnessed through the eyes of general managers and assistant general managers, including Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle, Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill. Nill suggests...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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