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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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Stars get back at it tonight vs. Coyotes

Lehtonen in goal as Stars return from bye week and continue homestand

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars return to action tonight after their five-day bye week, taking on the Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center. The Stars will try to avoid a key problem of other teams coming out of the long break, which has been losing that first game. Of the 20 teams that have had their bye weeks, 16 have lost their first game out of the break (4-12-4).

Coach Lindy Ruff said the Stars will look to do a few key things as they get back to playing after the extended time off.

"Try to keep the shifts really short, not get tired people caught on the ice," Ruff said. "The focus will be to stay away from the special teams game, don't take needless penalties and put yourself in harm's way."

The Stars (23-27-10) lost ground in the standings during their time off, going from six points out of a playoff spot on Saturday to ten points out heading into tonight's game.

"Take it one game at a time," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We're have four straight games at home. We got to win every game pretty much. It's do-or-die for this team."

The Stars worked on special teams this morning, and Ruff juggled his power play units. He moved defenseman Esa Lindell to the top unit with Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Eaves and Patrick Sharp. John Klingberg was on the second unit with Jason Spezza, Devin Shore, Brett Ritchie and Dan Hamhuis.

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Stars-Coyotes Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars
Friday, February 24
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (23-27-10) are coming off their five-day 'bye-week.' They last played Saturday, defeating Tampa Bay 4-3 in overtime behind an Antoine Roussel hat trick and Jamie Benn's game-winner in the extra period. Teams have not fared well coming off the five-day break, posting a 4-12-4 record in their first game back.

"The players have been off on their own, and you don't control what they do," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "It's the total responsibility of the players to be ready. So, you have a team that has been up and running against a team that hasn't practiced in five days. I think that can sometimes be the difference."

The Stars went through a lengthy practice late Thursday afternoon.

"I think the main focus was get our speed back and do everything quick out there on the ice," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We had five days to rest and kind of mellow out, so we need to get our brains going, get our feet moving again and get back."

Defenseman Johnny Oduya, who has been out more than a month with an ankle injury, practiced Thursday. He is not expected to play Friday but could be ready by Sunday.

The Stars enter Friday's game ten points out of a playoff spot with 22 games remaining.

Thursday's game is the second of five straight at home for the Stars.

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

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Back from the bye week

Stars hope rust won't be a factor as they return to action after break

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

With their five-day bye week in the books, the Dallas Stars were back at practice late Thursday afternoon in Frisco. The Stars get back to playing games Friday when they take on the Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

"It was fun to get back out there," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We had five days off, and we went into the break the way we wanted to (with a win over Tampa Bay). We want to keep that going. But it was nice to get five days off mentally and physically, and we are going to be ready to go."

The Stars went through a lengthy practice Thursday afternoon that was broken up into two sessions. It looked like a mini-camp.

"I think the main focus was get our speed back and do everything quick out there on the ice," Benn said. "We had five days to rest and kind of mellow out, so we need to get our brains going, get our feet moving again and get back."

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On the Stars beat since day one

Dallas police officer Frank 'Timbo' Duncan, who has been working Stars games since 1993, is honored as a Cops' Cop

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas police officer Frank "Timbo" Duncan has been working Dallas Stars games from day one. He'll tell you it's not so much a job, but more like hanging around with family. And how much he means to that family hit home on the darkest day of Duncan's career in law enforcement.

July 7, 2016. Duncan was working in downtown Dallas when a gunman ambushed police, killing five officers and wounding nine other officers and two civilians.

"It was the worst day of my 28 years on the police department," Duncan said.

And he was touched by the concern and support from his Stars family. As that night's events unfolded, his phone began to fill with messages from his own family and others, including those he gotten to know over all those years working Dallas Stars games.

"I had to turn my phone off. It was vibrating every couple of seconds," he said. "I turned it back on when the dust settled and everybody from Brett Hull to fans who have been season ticket holders that know me and I know them. Everyone was concerned and checking on me. You don't realize how many people's lives that you touch. When something like that happens you realize, wow, they do care about you. It was pretty enlightening and neat that they reached out and checked on me."

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Texas Stars Report

Stars lose two of three as Honka, Gurianov miss time with injury

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars went 1-2-0 over the past week and are now 24-21-3 on the season, ranking fifth in the AHL's Pacific Division. The Stars were down a few players this past week, including defenseman Julius Honka and forward Denis Gurianov who are both out with injury. Goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Landon Bow both had strong showings in the ECHL. Here's the latest on the minor league affiliates of the Dallas Stars.

Friday, February 17: Texas 4, Chicago 3 (OT)

Nick Ebert scored on the power play with 26 seconds remaining in overtime as the Texas Stars won their fourth straight game, defeating the Chicago Wolves, 4-3, at H-E-B Center Friday night. Travis Morin, Brandon DeFazio, and Mike McMurtry also scored for Texas. Justin Peters stopped 18 of 21 shots to get the win in goal.

Saturday, February 18: Chicago 4, Texas 1

The Stars' four-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Chicago in Cedar Park Saturday. Ethan Werek scored the lone goal for the Stars, and Justin Peters stopped 20 shots in suffering just his second loss since joining the Stars.

Monday, February 20: San Jose 5, Texas 3

The Stars opened a stretch of six straight games on the road with a 5-3 loss at San Jose Monday. Defenseman Ludwig Bystrom scored his first two goals of the season, and Remi Elie also scored for the Stars. Justin Peters got the start in goal and was pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots. Max Lagace played the rest of the way, stopping 14 of 15 shots. The win was the 12th straight for San Jose.

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Dave Strader gets a win in return to broadcast booth

'For four hours I didn't feel sick at all'

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dave Strader was back in the broadcast booth Saturday, and it turned out to be a magical night. Antoine Roussel notched his first career hat trick, and Jamie Benn scored in overtime as the Stars rallied for a dramatic win over Tampa Bay at American Airlines Center. And Strader, who is battling cancer, was at the top of his game in providing the play-by-play.

"This is the first time, to be honest with you, that for four hours I didn't feel like I was sick at all," Strader said.

Strader was lifted during the night by a show of support from fans, who responded with a rousing ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard during a TV timeout in the first period. And then there was the show of support from Stars players, who saluted him at the end of the game.

"Of all the things the team has done, when they came over to salute, that was unbelievable," Strader said. "That was just unbelievable."

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Prospect Report

Goaltender Colton Point on a nice run, defenseman Joseph Cecconi scores first NCAA goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Goaltender Colton Point hasn't played a lot this season, but he's been getting the net more in recent weeks for Colgate University, and he's playing well. Point stopped 39 of 40 shots Saturday as the Red Raiders battled No. 17 St. Lawrence to a 1-1 tie.

Point, a freshman, has stopped 99 of 103 shots in his past four appearances for Colgate and now has a 2.29 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in nine games played this season. The fifth-round pick (128th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft has allowed two goals or fewer in his past four appearances.

After playing just five of the first 24 games this season, Point has played four of the past eight and is starting to get some regular playing time in Colgate's goaltending rotation.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 2-4-2 | 2.29 GAA | .922 SV%

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Strader and Reaugh to call Stars vs. Bruins game

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

The Dallas Stars, in conjunction with NBC, announced today that Dave Strader and Daryl "Razor" Reaugh will call the Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins contest on Sunday, Feb. 26. Strader will provide play-by-play, and Reaugh and Brian Boucher will serve as the color analysts for the nationally televised game on NBC. The game is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. CT puck drop at American Airlines Center.

Strader, who returned to the broadcast booth for the Stars current five-game homestand, continues his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer. His treatment schedule afforded him the opportunity to travel to Dallas and return to the booth and he called his first game in 283 days last night against Tampa Bay. Following the Stars games vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 28 and vs. New York Islanders on March 2, he will return to upstate New York to continue his treatment.

For the radio broadcast of the game on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket, Stars Live Host Josh Bogorad will handle the play-by-play duties with Television Analyst Craig Ludwig providing analysis of the game. 

On Sunday against the Bruins, the Stars will host Pevs Protects Day for the American Heart Association. In conjunction with former forward and current Player Development Coordinator Rich Peverley, Pevs Protects Day will raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association. Peverley suffered a cardiac incident that led to his collapse on the bench in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, March 10, 2014. His heart condition ultimately led to his retirement from the game of hockey and he now serves as the Stars Player Development Coordinator. 

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Stars rally past Lightning

Antoine Roussel notches hat trick, Jamie Benn scores in OT as Stars enter bye week with 4-3 win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars headed into their bye week on a positive, rallying for a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center Saturday night.

Antoine Roussel scored all three Dallas goals in regulation, and Jamie Benn scored with 1:13 remaining in overtime for the Stars, who overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the game and won for the first time in 23 tries when trailing after two periods this season (1-20-2).

"Nice. Nice," said Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who set up all three Roussel goals. "Especially being down going into the third, something that's been held over our heads for a while. It was obviously nice to pull it off."

"It's good to get a win," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Obviously, coming from behind and being down a couple, I thought we battled hard to get the two points. We got some big saves in the third (from Kari Lehtonen, who made 34 saves) and a couple big ones in overtime. We got our chance and put one away."

The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first period but bounced back to tie the game on pair of goals by Roussel before the period ended. After the Lightning scored in the second to take a 3-2 lead, Roussel struck again to tie the game early in the third. Roussel's hat trick was the first of his NHL career and the first by a Dallas Star this season. 

"It was awesome, felt pretty good," Roussel said. "It was teamwork. [Tyler Seguin] shoots really hard and that was our main focus before the game. I told him we have to work hard and everything will come to us, and that's basically what happened."

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