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Hudler already at home with Stars

Veteran forward settles in quickly with Stars, says 'we can do great things here'

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

As Jiri Hudler considered the Dallas Stars as a possible landing spot during free agency this summer, he did some research. Although Hudler knew the Stars had a good team and his experience playing against the Stars told them it was a good organization, he still wanted to gather some intelligence before making a decision.

"You do your checking, and everyone said the same thing, that it's a great group of guys," Hudler said.

And Hudler found out in his first week with the Stars that those intelligence reports were correct.

"In the locker room I don't feel like I've been around for a week, I feel like I've been around for a couple years," Hudler said. "I've been in the league long enough, but you are still a little nervous about how it is going to be and if you are going to click with the boys in the room. This is more than I expected. Everybody is really nice, and this is a fun group. The class coming out of the room is unreal. I like that."

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Defense goes on offensive in Cedar Park

Defensemen score five goals during training camp scrimmage

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars wrapped up the Cedar Park portion of their training camp with a scrimmage Sunday morning. Team White overcame a 3-0 deficit and defeated Team Victory Green 7-4.

"It was good to get out there and get in game situations," said forward Patrick Eaves. "We've had two good practices, and the scrimmage was another step. We'll be ready for tomorrow (preseason opener vs. St. Louis)."

Defenseman Nick Ebert, acquired in a trade with Los Angeles for goaltender Jack Campbell, scored three goals to lead Team White. Julius Honka and Mattias Backman also scored in the scrimmage, and Johnny Oduya had a shot from the point tipped in by Remi Elie, giving the Stars defense a hand in more than half the eleven goals scored in the scrimmage.

"We really skated well," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "I thought it was a real good day on the offensive side for our defensemen. Ebert, who is new to the crew here, had a real good day. I thought Honka skated well and scored a goal. Overall, I noticed our defense and their mobility more than anything."


 

 

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Injury Woes Grow

Eakin out six weeks with knee injury; Shore injured in Saturday's practice

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The injury woes continue to grow for the Dallas Stars. The update on the injury center Cody Eakin suffered in Friday's practice was not good, and there was more bad news after center Devin Shore limped off the ice during the Saturday afternoon practice session.

First up was the news on Eakin, who was injured in a collision in his first practice at camp.  

"Cody is going to be out in the six-week range with a knee injury," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

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5 From 5-Hole

by Daryl Reaugh @Razor5Hole / Razor With An Edge Blog

Camp: Day One

Five things I liked:

  1. HEB Arena - awesome venue to watch sessions and a prime AHL rink
  2. "Hotstovin" again. Looooove talkin' shop.
  3. The substantial media meat plate that was provided (Only the finest meats, cheeses, fruits and buns were assembled...and there was also some food...Buh-dum-bump!)
  4. The 'hidden bag skate' drills followed by the 'nets pushed out, REAL bag skate', followed by the off-ice workout (It's supposed to be hard)
  5. Seguin's selfie with the school kids
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Back to Work

Stars go through tough practices as training camp opens in Cedar Park

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars hockey is back. Forty-six players hit the ice for the start of training camp Friday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Coaches split the team into two groups and ran both through a tough on-ice session that lasted about 75 minutes.

"We put them through a pretty tough battery of drills, pretty hard skate," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

"It wasn't easy out there, and I don't think the first day should be easy," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "He put us through a pretty tough skate and it was a good one."

The Stars practice again Saturday and then scrimmage at the H-E-B Center Sunday. Ruff said the goal is to get things in order for Monday's preseason opener against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center.

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Player groups for training camp announced

The roster of 49 players includes 28 forwards, 15 defensemen and six goaltenders.

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

The Dallas Stars have announced the player groups for the 2016-17 training camp, which will take place at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25.

The roster of 49 players includes 28 forwards, 15 defensemen and six goaltenders. Please click here to view the club's full roster.

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Lehtinen shaping next generation of Finnish hockey

Former Stars player thriving as Finland's General Manager

by Evan Sporer @ev_sporer / NHL.com

What started out as pleasure for Jere Lehtinen has turned into business.

And lately, business has been good.

When Lehtinen finished his playing career with the Dallas Stars in 2010, a 15-year NHL tour spent entirely in the Lone Star state, he said he knew he didn't want to coach.

"But I wasn't sure what was going to happen in the future," he said.

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Faksa and Lindell gaining confidence at World Cup

Both players using World Cup experience as an opening audition to regular roles in Dallas

by Evan Sporer @ev_sporer / NHL.com

It wasn't just that forwards and countrymen Ales Hemsky and Radek Faksa became close in the sense of 'friends' last season when Faksa was called up to the NHL.

"I was living at his house, too," Faksa said.

Faksa became an understudy of sorts, and followed Hemsky all the way onto the same line. Along with Antoine Roussel, they were a unit that earned more playing time by effectively filling a checking, defensive niche for head coach Lindy Ruff.

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Statement from Dave Strader on his cancer diagnosis

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

The Dallas Stars have released the following statement on behalf of Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader regarding his cancer diagnosis:

"With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.

"There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I'm fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars' organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support."

Fans wishing to send their notes of support to Strader can do so by emailing WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com.  

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Stars prospects rally for 5-3 win

Dallas Stars prospects wrapped up the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City on a positive note, rallying for a 5-3 victory over St. Louis

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars prospects wrapped up the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City on a positive note, rallying for a 5-3 victory over St. Louis Tuesday night. Denis Gurianov and Devin Shore both had one goal and one assist and Landon Bow stopped 33 shots for the Stars, who finished in fifth place with a 2-1-1 record. 

Mike McMurtry, Connor Chatham, and Nick Caamano also scored for the Stars, who overcame a 2-0 deficit in the game. 

"Four games in five nights is hard on these kids, but I thought in the second period we controlled most of the play and played the way we were capable of," said Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal, who coached the Dallas prospects. "It was a nice way to finish off with a win."

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