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Hudler makes impact as Stars win preseason opener

Veteran forward tallies goal, assist in 3-1 win over St. Louis

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Jiri Hudler made an impact in the Dallas Stars preseason opener, scoring one goal and assisting on another as the Stars defeated St. Louis, 3-1, Monday night at American Airlines Center.

"It was great," Hudler said. "I couldn't wait to play a game, and it was a nice thing to win."

Hudler, signed as a free agent this summer, made a nice pass to set up one goal and then scored a power-play goal off a tip-in.

"It's what we expected," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's a guy that can be creative and he skated well."

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Morning Skate: Stars kick off preseason vs. Blues

Kari Lehtonen, Maxime Lagace expected to split time in goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Pregame: Lindy Ruff

Ruff talks about Benn's schedule, hosting the Blues

Lindy Ruff updates the media on Jamie Benn's preseason schedule and talks about hosting the Blues

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The Dallas Stars open their preseason schedule tonight when they take on the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center.

The first exhibition game comes after three days of work in Cedar Park for the Stars, who practiced on the first two days and scrimmaged on the third. Now, it is time for some game action.

"We want to play the game the right way," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We've got some young guys in the lineup we want to give a good opportunity to. I think that is probably the first thing we are looking at, to see how they look against the competition. We've got our system in place and some areas we want to improve. We want to start the preseason by making sure we are playing well away from the puck and after that is doing the right things offensively."

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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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Five with Five-Hole - Camp: Day Two

by Daryl Reaugh @Razor5Hole / Razor With An Edge Blog

Camp: Day 2

  1. A noticeably leaner Jason Spezza had high-glove, bar-down, sicksnipe-a-palooza going in the morning session. Him was awesome. Him is awesome.

  2. Like a majestic rhino on the Serengeti, Victor E. Green roamed free in his natural Starsfan habitat (Gut-juggle move was mid season form too).

  3. Two Shades of Grey: By the look of Stephen Johns' grey practice jersey, he sweats...a lot. I also heard he killed it on the fitness test bike ride. So he's in awesome shape and displays supermanly diaphoresis. Old Spice corporate, take note.

  4. The two positions the Stars have built impressive depth at are defence and center. The d-corp remains brimming but that glut at center is being tested. Seguin, Eakin, Faksa, Dickinson, and now Shore (who left the ice early) are all now dealing with ailments. Ugh.

  5. The media cold-cuts spread was again on-point at HEB Center and much appreciated as sustenance on such a long hard day of sitting in seats watching young men work hard at their craft. Although, at the risk of being 'that guy'. For a second day in a row no onion dip for the chips, and no Grey Poupon. Tsk, tsk...

Yes, the struggle is indeed real.

*Also, Go you, beaver on the nickel, Canada!!! And don't you dare get sucked into the confusion of Sergei Bobrovsky's surname translation being "son of beaver" (that tidbit complements of Slava Malamud) He's no son of ours. 

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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 /

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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