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Ben Bishop says Stars are a great fit

Goaltender excited to return to Dallas area, believes Stars are poised to win now

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Recently acquired Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop arrived in town this week to start looking for a place to live. And Friday Stars GM Jim Nill showed him around the team's facilities at American Airlines Center.

The Dallas area isn't unfamiliar territory to Bishop, who spent the 2004-05 season in Frisco playing for the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League.

"It's nice to be back," said Bishop, who graduated from Frisco High School. "A lot has changed in 12 years, but it is exciting. We are looking forward to making this home for a long time. We're starting the search now for a place to call home."

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On the Radar - Prepping for the Present

by Josh Bogorad @JoshBogorad / On the Radar

Only six weeks in and it has already been quite an offseason for the Dallas Stars. Four months still remain, and the busiest portion of the summer is yet to come. It's possible the excitement has just begun in Dallas. So far, however, the captivating news has centered around three things - a coach, a goaltender, and a draft. All three headlines made a splash. And all three have something in common. 

First came the return of Ken Hitchcock. The most successful coach in Stars history is back in Dallas ready to return the team to prominence. Four weeks after that, the Stars made a huge roster move acquiring the rights to goaltender Ben Bishop and signing him to a long term deal a few days later. In between the coaching and goaltending additions, the Stars won the third overall pick in the draft lottery.

Diving into each item a little deeper reveals the parallel.

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Dash Your Hopes-ville

by Daryl Reaugh @Razor5Hole / Razor with an Edge

Every hockey season seems to have that one critical game, a contest that dictated a path, a catalyst for greatness...or for change.

For me, that game this past year was February 12th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

That one tattooed the soul.

The Stars travelled to Nashville after a 5-2 matinee spanking of the Carolina Hurricanes at AAC, and that victory had moved them to within 6 points of a Predators team stumbling and tenuously occupying the 8th and final playoff spot. The Preds were also in the 5th month of challenging the Stars for the title of "Most Disappointing Team in the Western Conference"...but I digress.

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Klingberg, Sweden win gold at World Championship

Nichushkin's three assists help Russia top Finland for bronze medal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg and Sweden took home the gold medal at the 2017 World Championship, defeating Canada, 2-1, in a shootout Sunday in Cologne, Germany.

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the shootout for Sweden and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four Canadian shooters as the Swedes won gold at the World Championship for the second time in the past five years.

Victor Hedman scored in regulation for Sweden and Ryan O'Reilly tallied the regulation goal for the Canadians, who were denied a third straight gold medal at the tournament.

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Klingberg to play for gold at World Championship

Stars defenseman scores game-winner as Sweden tops Finland, will face Canada for gold medal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg will play for the gold medal at the 2017 World Championship on Sunday. Klingberg scored the game-winning goal as Sweden defeated Stars defenseman Julius Honka and Finland, 4-1, in the semifinals Saturday in Cologne, Germany.

Sweden will play Canada in Sunday's championship game. Canada rallied to defeat Valeri Nichushkin and Russia, 4-2, in Saturday's other semifinal game. Russia and Finland will square off in the bronze medal game Sunday.

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World Championship Update

Klingberg, Honka, Nichushkin advance to semifinals

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

John Klingberg, Julius Honka, and Valeri Nichushkin all advanced to the semifinals at the 2017 World Championship in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany Thursday.

Klingberg and Sweden topped Switzerland, Honka and Finland ousted the United States, and Nichushkin and Russia defeated Czech Republic. Canada defeated Germany to secure the fourth spot in the semifinals.

This year's semifinals will feature two of hockey's best international rivalries. Klingberg and Sweden will face Honka and Finland in one of Saturday's semifinal games. Nichushkin and Russia will take on Canada in the other semifinal game.

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Nill open to trading third overall pick in draft

Stars GM said he would be looking for established player in return

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said Thursday he would be open to trading the third overall pick in next month's 2017 NHL Draft.

"I have talked to other teams already about possibly moving that pick, getting an established player back," Nill said during an interview on SiriusXM NHL Network. "It gives us lots of options."

The Stars secured the third overall pick in the NHL's Draft Lottery on April 29. It is their highest draft position since the team moved to Dallas in 1993.

Centers Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier are considered the top two players in the draft, but there is no consensus No. 3 pick.

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Stars sign defenseman John Nyberg to a three-year entry level contract

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman John Nyberg to a three-year entry level contract.

Nyberg, 20, finished second among team defensemen with 15 points (7-8=15) in 49 games played for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2016-17. His seven goals were tied for sixth-most amongst League defenders and second amongst team defensemen. Additionally, he added one goal in 14 playoff contests.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Lundy, Sweden was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. 

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Klingberg has high expectations heading into quarterfinals

The defenseman has his eyes set on gold as Sweden heads into elimination rounds at the World Championship

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / DallasStars.com

COLOGNE, Germany -- John Klingberg is hoping for a golden finish to head into his summer on a high note.

Klingberg, who had 13 goals, a career high, and 49 points in 80 games with the Dallas Stars this season, is chasing a first-place finish with Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany through May 21.

It's an experience he jumped at the chance to have.

"I knew we had a chance to get a real good team together," said the 24-year-old blueliner. "I know a lot of guys from before and I had a chance to play against them pretty late into the season. We were kind of talking when we were playing against each other…(Victor) Hedman and (Oliver) Ekman-Larsson and the Carolina guys (Eddie Lack, Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask) asked if I was going.

"'I think I'm going, are you going?' 'Yeah.'

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Honka gaining confidence at World Championship

Defenseman looking to secure full-time roster spot next season

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / DallasStars.com

PARIS, France -- His own expectations, Julius Honka admits, are sky-high.

So too are the expectations his teammates have of him.

And while Honka is hoping to become a full-time member of the Dallas Stars this fall, the expectation is that he is already there.

"He's a really good player," Stars forward Antoine Roussel said. "He moves the puck really well. His feet are really good. He reminds me a little bit of John Klinberg when he came in. He's maybe a little bit more dynamic in his style. They both can create a lot.

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