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World Championship: Faksa's career day paces Czech Republic's rout

Stars center scores, adds two assists as Czechs roll past Italy for third straight win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa had a productive day at the World Championship in Slovakia on Sunday, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) as Czech Republic rolled over Austria, 8-0, for its third straight win.

Faksa's goal 6:30 into the first period gave the Czechs a 1-0 lead and held up as the game-winner. Washington's Jakub Vrana won a puck battle behind the Austrian net and set up Faksa, who scored from the right faceoff circle for his first career goal at the World Championship.

Faksa also assisted on a power-play goal that extended the Czech lead to 4-0 in the second period and then picked up an assist an even-strength goal pushed the lead to 8-0 in the third.

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World Championship: Klingberg's first assist helps Sweden to win

Stars defenseman sets up game-tying goal as Swedes earn fourth win in five games during preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up one assist as Sweden edged Switzerland, 4-3, at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia on Saturday.

Klingberg's first assist of the tournament came on the power play and helped Sweden tie the game after falling behind early.

Switzerland grabbed a 1-0 lead 4:09 into the first period on a goal by Sven Andrighetto. But with Sweden on a power play late in the period, Alexander Wennberg won a faceoff back to Klingberg, whose shot from the left point was tipped into the net by Wennberg 1:26 before the intermission.

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Why Lindell's long-term deal with Stars is a win for both sides

Nill says the defenseman's age and performance made the six-year extension an easy decision

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Former Stars coach Lindy Ruff had one of the best descriptions of Esa Lindell when he was coaching the young defenseman back in 2016.

Asked to assess Lindell's strengths and weaknesses, Ruff paused for a second and said, "Y'know, not a lot bad stuff happens when Esa's on the ice."

That might be the quintessential description of Lindell, who signed a six-year contract Thursday with an average salary cap hit of $5.8 million. The deal, which starts next season and ends in 2025, makes Lindell the team's highest-paid defenseman, but that's more a matter of timing than anything else.

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World Championship: Faksa picks up assist as Czechs rally

Stars center also earned a plus-1 rating with three shots on goal in tournament debut against Latvia

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa picked up one assist in his first game at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia as the Czech Republic rallied for a 6-3 win over Latvia Thursday.

Faksa recorded three shots on goal, a plus-1 rating and won 7 of 18 faceoffs to go along with the one assist in 16:48 of ice time. Faksa centered the Czech's second line with Washington's Jakub Vrana and Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat on his wings.

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Stars sign defenseman Esa Lindell to 6-year contract extension

The new deal, worth $34.8 million with an average annual value of $5.8 million, runs through the 2024-25 season

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract extension, which will run through the 2024-25 season. The six-year contract is worth $34,800,000 and has an average annual value (AAV) of $5,800,000.

Lindell, 24, recorded 32 points (11-21=32) in 82 regular-season games played for Dallas in 2018-19. On the season amongst team leaders, he finished first in blocked shots (161), second in time on ice per game (24:20), third in hits (143), tied for fifth in assists (21), and sixth in both goals (11) and points (32), setting career-highs in each category. His +14 plus/minus rating also finished tied for third on the team. His 11 goals on the season, along with Miro Heiskanen's 12 and John Klingberg's 10, marked the first time in franchise history that three defenseman scored 10-plus goals in a single season.

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Rookie no more, Montgomery aims to build on 'good foundation'

Stars coach believes team can take next step with knowledge gained in successful first season

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Jim Montgomery told us in September that his teams tend to get better as the season goes on.

Boy, was he right about that.

And if the Stars follow the same path as Montgomery's previous teams, they'll also get better the next season, and the season after that.

"I learned a lot," said the first-year Stars coach who will turn 50 on June 30. "Now that I'm looking back, we got better not as quickly as I'd hoped, but I liked our team at the end of the year. I liked our group, I liked our people. There was caring, there was trust. That's a good foundation for us."

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Foundation to host Field Day for St. Philip's School and Community Center

The event will be held Friday at Cotton Bowl® Stadium as part of the Stars' Legacy Project for the 2020 NHL Winter Classic®

by Press Release @DS_Foundation / Dallas Stars Communications

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars Foundation will host the annual Field Day for St. Philip's School and Community Center on Friday, May 17. This year's Field Day will be held at Cotton Bowl® Stadium as part of the team's Legacy Project for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Dallas Stars staff will run a variety of interactive stations and inflatables, along with helping serve snacks and lunch to the students. The Field Day event is made possible with support from Massey Services, PoweradeFrito-Lay, Baldo's Ice Cream & Coffee and Norma's Cafe

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Faksa, Klingberg to represent Stars at 2019 World Championship

The 16-nation tournament runs through May 26 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Two Dallas Stars will play at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia. Defenseman John Klingberg is on his way to join Sweden and center Radek Faksa arrived for the Czech Republic over the weekend.

Klingberg will be playing at Worlds for the fourth time in the last five years. He helped Sweden win the gold medal in both 2017 and 2018 and was named the tournament's best defenseman in 2018. Klingberg has tallied 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 27 games for Sweden during World Championship play.

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'It's been incredible': With growing fan base, Stars on fast rise

Fresh off a playoff run and selling out the 2020 Winter Classic, the organization's future looks brighter than ever

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Dallas Stars' business rebirth is an overnight success story seven years in the making.

When Tom Gaglardi bought the team out of bankruptcy in 2011, much of the infrastructure had been stripped down by banks who were trying to guard their investment, so the focus was on reducing more than expanding.

But after hosting the NHL Draft last summer, selling out the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in record time, and now grabbing a whole new layer of sports fans in Dallas/Fort Worth with their 2019 playoff run, the Stars are looking like a hot sports commodity.

"I'd put our organization up against anybody in the league," Gaglardi said. "We have very talented people throughout our organization, and I really do think that makes a difference."

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Stars to play neutral-site preseason game in Tulsa, Okla.

Dallas will face the Florida Panthers for the second consecutive year at BOK Center on Saturday, Sept. 21

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars today announced that, for the second consecutive season, they will host a neutral site preseason game at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on Saturday, Sept. 21 against the Florida Panthers at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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