Laxdal, 48, replaces Willie Desjardins, who was hired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks after leading Texas to the Calder Cup last season.
"Derek has a proven track record of developing young players to get the most out of them in a winning environment," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said. "His proven leadership, familiarity with our organization and tremendous character make him a great fit with our culture. We are very excited to welcome him to the Texas Stars."
The 2015 NHL Draft has the potential to be one of the most memorable in recent years.
Many of those draft-eligible prospects competing in the Canadian Hockey League will be given a chance to showcase their ability at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, to be played Jan. 22, 2015 at the new home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League, the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The 20th annual event will include 40 of the top 2015 NHL draft prospects playing in the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Alex Chiasson is going to play under a microscope this season. That's what happens when you're the key piece in a trade that involves a franchise player.
The 23-year-old right wing was acquired by the Ottawa Senators from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday morning in the trade that sent Ottawa captain Jason Spezza to Dallas. Spezza was the No. 2 selection at the 2001 NHL Draft and replaced Daniel Alfredsson as Senators captain when the latter left to sign with the Detroit Red Wings last summer.
The Flyers also agreed to terms with forward Zack Stortini on a one-year, two-way contract. No financial terms were disclosed for either contract.
The Dallas Stars on Wednesday re-signed center Vernon Fiddler to a two-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed, but ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports Fiddler will earn $1 million in 2014-15 and $1.5 million the following season.
Wilson's agent told the network website the injury is not season-threatening and that more information will be available in the coming days.
BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres finished with the NHL's worst record last season. That hasn't kept them from being a desired landing place for free agents.
The Sabres introduced one of those free agents, Brian Gionta, at a press conference Wednesday, one day after signing him to a three-year contract. Gionta was one of five veterans acquired by the Sabres on Tuesday.
"I think there's a lot of excitement," Gionta said. "You bring in a couple guys via either free agency or trade and I think the excitement level has just gotten a lot bigger. You can see it the last day-and-a-half; guys are excited, guys want to be here and guys want to play for the Sabres. That's the first step."