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Maybe Bran has a point: Are Stars exactly where they're supposed to be?

Dallas could use a dose of wisdom from the 'Game of Thrones' character as every good story takes time to develop

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Like many of you, I'm trying to unravel "Game of Thrones" in my head and sort out all of the possible meanings and character arcs.

One of the things that I keep coming back to is Bran using a similar phrase on several characters: You were exactly where you were supposed to be.

He said it to Jaime, explaining that being pushed from the tower by the Kingslayer led Bran to becoming who (or what) he now is.

He said it to Theon, explaining that all of his bad decisions brought the confused Greyjoy/Stark to his ultimate destination: "home."

He explained it to Jon Snow, in one of the final lines of the entire series that seemed to sum up a lot of what happened.

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World Championship: Faksa, Czech Republic to meet Canada in semifinals

Klingberg's quest for third straight gold medal comes up short as Sweden is eliminated with OT loss to Finland

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic are moving onto the semifinals at the World Championship in Slovakia, but John Klingberg and Sweden's bid for a third straight gold medal is over.

The Czechs defeated Germany, 5-1, in Thursday's quarterfinals and will play Canada in Saturday's semifinal round. Canada defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in overtime Thursday.

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Insider debate: Is signing Zuccarello top offseason priority for Stars?

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika, Brien Rea and Owen Newkirk tackle 5 burning questions entering the summer

by Mike Heika, Brien Rea and Owen Newkirk / DallasStars.com

Hockey season may be over in Dallas, but the discussion is just getting started. Beginning this month, we're debuting a new insider roundtable as DallasStars.com's Mike Heika, Brien Rea and Owen Newkirk tackle five burning questions about the Stars in "Take 5."

In our first edition, the guys give their thoughts on Mats Zuccarello's future in Big D, potential big-name free agents that Dallas could add, Roope Hintz's rise and more.

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World Championship: Faksa, Klingberg moving on to quarterfinals

Klingberg scores his first goal, but Sweden falls to Russia to wrap up preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored his first goal at this year's IIHF World Championship on Tuesday, but Sweden fell to Russia, 7-4, on the final day of preliminary-round play.

Sweden, which finished third in Group B with a 5-2-0 record, will play Finland, which finished second in Group A, in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Russia, which finished first in Group B with a 7-0-0 record, will play the United States, which finished fourth in Group A.

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World Championship: Klingberg helps lift Sweden past Latvia

Stars defenseman earns assist, forces key turnover in win to move to 5-1 in preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up one assist as Sweden edged Latvia, 5-4, at the 2019 IIHF World Championship on Monday.

Klingberg had a secondary assist on a rush goal by Los Angeles' Adrian Kempe that gave the Swedes a 2-1 lead 13:38 into the second period of the back-and-forth game that saw the Latvians draw even at 4-4 with 3:24 remaining.

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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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