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Stars-Penguins Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, February 28
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (24-28-10) lost 6-3 to Boston Sunday at American Airlines Center. It was the eighth loss in the past eleven games for the Stars and left them nine points out of a playoff spot with 20 games remaining.

"It's one game at a time," said Stars forward Tyler Seguin. "Come here and do your job. One game, one shift, one period at a time. Put everything behind us and don't look too far ahead. We've got to come in and do our job every game."

The Stars traded defenseman Jordie Benn to Montreal Monday for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

"Greg is a solid defender and possesses a physical presence on the back-end. He brings size and another right shot into the mix for us," Stars GM Jim Nill said.

Stars forward Ales Hemsky, who has been out since late October due to hip surgery, continues to practice with the team and is getting closer to a return. He will not play Tuesday.

"He's getting closer" Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "There's a good chance we could see him in the next couple games, not [Tuesday], but after that, I think we'd take a chance of trying to get him up and running. I don't think it's going to be easy for him to have that much time off, but he's at a place now where I think he's going to be cleared to play."

Tuesday's game is the fourth of a five-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: C/LW Adam Cracknell (lower body), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

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GM Jim Nill talks Jordie Benn trade to Montreal

New Stars defenseman Greg Pateryn looking for fresh start in Dallas

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars made another deal before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, but it didn't involve one of their pending unrestricted free agents. The Stars sent defenseman Jordie Benn to Montreal for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Stars GM Jim Nill said the deal fell in place quickly after Montreal called him Monday morning.

"Montreal has been watching us very closely and called this morning to propose some situations, some different deals. This was one of them," Nill said. "There's a lot that goes into this between trades and expansion."

The expansion draft was a factor in the deal. Nill said there was concern that they could lose Benn in this June's expansion draft when Las Vegas selects one player from each NHL team. So, the Stars made a deal now and got a player and draft pick in return.

"With expansion coming up we have to make some decisions," Nill said. "We just felt it was a deal that would help us going down the road with expansion and everything else. And we got a return on it, which was important."

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Stars acquire defenseman Greg Pateryn for Jordie Benn

Dallas also gets fourth-round selection from Montreal in the 2017 NHL Draft

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn and Montreal's fourth-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Jordie Benn.

Pateryn, 26, has recorded six points (1-5=6) in 24 games played this season for Montreal. He ranks eighth on the team with 43 blocked shots and has registered 44 hits.

In 82 games over parts of four seasons, all with Montreal, he has recorded 13 points (2-11=13), 194 hits and 114 blocked shots. He appeared in seven playoff contests in 2015, producing three assists.

"Greg is a solid defender and possesses a physical presence on the back-end," stated Nill. "He brings size and another right shot into the mix for us."

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Prospect Report

Roope Hintz continues to produce in Finland, Nick Caamano has good week in OHL

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz continues to pick up points at a steady clip in Finland's top league. Hintz registered one goal and one assist in three games over the past week, including a goal in a 4-1 win over SaiPa.

Hintz, a second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past eight games and has tallied six goals over his past 13 games. For the season, Hintz has registered 23 points (13 goals, ten assists) in 40 games.

Despite missing the first eleven games of the season due to injury, the 20-year-old Hintz is tied for 24th in the league in goal scoring.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 40 GP |13 G | 10 A | 23 PTS | +5 | 16 PIM

Here's a look at how other Dallas prospects playing in Europe, juniors, and college fared over the past week.

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Stars fall to Bruins, 6-3

Boston makes most of opportunities in ending Stars' three-game home winning streak

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars shook off a slow start Sunday morning, climbed back into the game and then things went downhill. The result was a 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at American Airlines Center.

"Obviously, a little bit of a tough start," said Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya. "I think we played pretty well for a while but then gave them two quick goals again. Not a very good game overall I would say."

The Stars were down 2-0 by the 6:51 mark of the first period, rallied to tie the game in the second period, but then the Bruins scored two goals in 30 seconds late in the second to take control of the game.

The Bruins scored six goals on 28 shots, tallying three times off redirections in front of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

"Big mistakes hurt us," Ruff said. "We missed some sticks, our defense didn't tie up a couple of guys. I thought that was probably the biggest difference in the game."

The Stars (24-28-10) lost for the first time in three games on their current homestand. Jiri Hudler and John Klingberg both had one goal and one assist. Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars, who lost for the eighth time in their past eleven games overall.

"It's been a frustrating year, I think everybody agrees," said Seguin. "It's been a frustrating year from the beginning, but we still got 20 games here left. I want them to have a lot of pride in here. I want everyone in here to play for each other and we'll still get a chance to get better every day."

Patrice Bergeron (two goals, one assist), Brad Marchand (one goal, two assists) and Torey Krug (three assists) all had three-point nights for the Bruins (32-24-6). The Bruins went 3-1-0 on a four-game road trip and improved to 6-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

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Stars-Bruins Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars
Sunday, February 26
11:30 a.m.  
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (24-27-10) came out of their five-day bye week with a 5-2 win over Arizona Friday. Five different players scored goals, and 12 different players registered points as the Stars won their second straight game. The Stars were just the fifth team to win the first game after the bye week. With the Dallas win, teams improved to 5-12-4 in the first game out of the break.

"We wanted to take the positives of the break and not worry about what the record has been for other teams," said forward Devin Shore, who had one goal and one assist. "I think guys yesterday, and even this morning, were recharged and enjoyed the break and ready to get back in it. I think that showed in our energy, we got some breaks and we put some pucks to the net, which always really helps, but we really liked our game coming out of the break."

Defenseman Johnny Oduya (ankle) practiced again with the team Saturday. He is a gameday decision for Sunday.

The Stars recalled forward Remi Elie from Texas (AHL) on Saturday.

Sunday's game is the third of a five-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: Johnny Oduya (ankle) is questionable. C/LW Adam Cracknell (lower body), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

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Stars prepare for early start

National broadcast has Stars-Bruins dropping the puck at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars continue their homestand Sunday against the Boston Bruins, and it will be an early start. An 11:30 a.m. start for the national broadcast on NBC. Stars coach Lindy Ruff doesn't remember being behind the bench for one that early.

"I don't know if I've coached in one in my lifetime," Ruff said. "I think the earliest has been noon. So 11:30 a.m. is a special start time."

It's the same for center Jason Spezza, at least at the NHL level. He does remember playing a 10:00 a.m. game at Philadelphia in the minors.

"It was a kids' game," Spezza said. "I remember because they put SpongeBob on the big screen and the place went bananas every time they did it. We were wondering what the heck is going on here."

Sunday's early start will be a little different routine for the players, who usually hit the ice at 10:15 a.m. for a morning skate for evening home games and may be leaving the AAC around the time Sunday's game is scheduled to start.  

"Sleep is important. It's more important than my routine," Spezza said. "I am usually at the rink three hours before game time, but I won't do that tomorrow. I will try to sleep as much as I can. Normally I go home and take a nap. I won't do that tomorrow. I will try to go to bed around 9:30, get up before my alarm, have a couple cups of coffee, spend some time with my kids and come to the rink."

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Dallas Stars recall left wing Remi Elie from Texas

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled left wing Remi Elie from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Elie, 21, is tied for fourth on Texas with 25 points (8-17=25) in 49 games played this season. He has produced five points (2-3=5) in his last seven contests. In two professional seasons with Texas, he has registered 42 points (14-28=42) in 113 regular season games.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Cornwall, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (40th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. 

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Stars react to 'tough news' of Patrick Eaves trade

Stars come out of bye week with 5-2 win over Coyotes

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars returned to the ice from their bye week with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center Friday night, but the game was overshadowed by news earlier in the day. The Stars dealt forward Patrick Eaves to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

"He's one of the most unselfish guys I've ever played with. A great teammate and a great guy. That was tough news to hear," Stars captain Jamie Benn said of the Eaves deal. "We put ourselves in this situation. I wish we hadn't put ourselves in this situation."

With the Stars playoff chances looking slim, GM Jim Nill started to get calls about some of his players, especially those who will be unrestricted free agents this summer. Eaves, who is on an expiring contract and comes with a low salary cap hit, generated a lot of interest from teams that are looking to add a player for a possible playoff run. Nill took the opportunity to look ahead, and grab a future asset.

"My job is to look after the franchise today, tomorrow and in the future. We have to do what's right," Nill said. "This is part of the business, and we've put ourselves in this position. It's going to be an opportunity for somebody else. We are probably going to call some players up as we get going here. It's an opportunity for other players and players know they have to do their jobs."

Eaves was having a career year with the Stars, posting a career-high 21 goals and 37 points in 59 games. That attracted a lot of attention from several teams.

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Stars acquire conditional second-round pick for Eaves

Dallas will receive conditional pick from Anaheim in the 2017 NHL Draft

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired a conditional second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for right wing Patrick Eaves . Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto's second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade. Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Eaves, 32, has recorded 37 points (21-16=37) in 59 games played this season. In three seasons with the Stars, he appeared in 160 regular season games posting 81 points (46-35=81).

The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 1, 2014.

Additionally, forward Adam Cracknell was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 18 with a lower body injury.

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