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Dallas Stars Reduce Training Camp Roster by Two

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has reduced the training camp roster by releasing forwards Connor Chatham and Sam Laberge from their Amateur Tryouts. The Stars training camp roster now stands at 49 players.

Click here for the current Training Camp Roster. 

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Morning Skate: Janmark out 5-6 months

Stars forward undergoes knee surgery to correct join disorder

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars suffered another blow on the injury front Friday. Center Mattias Janmark is expected to be out five to six months due to knee surgery to correct an issue with a joint in his knee.

Janmark was scheduled to undergo the procedure Friday afternoon to correct the issue, which is called osteochondritis dissecans.

"It's a condition that develops in joints due to a lack of blood supply in that area," Stars GM Jim Nill explained to media Friday morning. "What happened with Mattias is he had a small segment, approximately 21 millimeters by 11 millimeters, that became displaced and it's locked in his knee. Today, our team doctor is going to do an operation and take that bone segment and reattach it."

Janmark skated in Wednesday's pregame skate when the issue flared up, and he missed that night's game. Thursday he was on crutches and doctors determined surgery was necessary. Nill said the healing and rehabilitation is approximately five to six months with a possible return in April. Janmark is expected to be on crutches four to six weeks.

"We're looking at him maybe being available for the playoffs, but we'll have to play that by ear," Nill said.

 

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Thursday Notes: Janmark joins the injured list

Stars forward missed Wednesday's game in Colorado with lower-body injury

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Add Mattias Janmark to the list of injured Dallas Stars. Janmark, who appeared to be in the lineup for Wednesday night's preseason game in Colorado didn't play, and then didn't take the ice for practice Thursday morning in Frisco.

"He's going to miss today, and we'll have an update later," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said when asked about Janmark's status. "[It's] injury related."

Just moments after Ruff gave that update, Janmark, who was apparently injured in Wednesday's pregame skate, was seen at the Stars practice facility on crutches. As of Thursday afternoon, there was no further update.

Janmark joins a long list of Stars players battling injuries in training camp. Ruff said some on the list are making progress.

"Everybody is better, I can tell you that," Ruff said. "It's a process. [Cody] Eakin (knee) is a long ways away. But the other guys - [Devin] Shore (ankle), [Ales] Hemsky (groin] and [Tyler] Seguin (heel) - all those guys are getting better. Every day they are getting closer. I can see light at the end of the tunnel."

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Stars Sign Defenseman Ondrej Vala to Entry-Level Deal

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

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

Vala, 18, is currently playing his second season with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He has skated in two games this season with the club, recording eight penalty minutes. During the 2015-16 season with the Blazers, he was the only team defensemen to skate in all 72 regular-season games and recorded 21 points (4-17=21), ranking third among club defensemen in both points (21) and assists (17). In seven postseason contests, he recorded one assist (0-1=1).

"Ondrej has shown a combination of size and physicality along with the ability to play a defensively responsible game at the junior hockey level," said Nill. "He was part of our team this year at the Traverse City Tournament and we look forward to his continued development playing for Don Hay and the coaching staff in Kamloops."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Kolin, Czech Republic has competed on the international level for the Czech Republic, skating in five games at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, N.D. He also represented his country at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, appearing in four games. 

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Stars fall to Avalanche, 4-2

Radek Faksa scores two goals, but Avalanche rally past Stars in third period

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Radek Faksa scored two goals, but the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche in preseason play Wednesday night in Denver. The Stars are now 1-1-0 in the preseason.

After Colorado's Joe Whitney scored to give Colorado a 1-0 lead in the first period, Faksa scored twice in the second period to put the Stars up 2-1. Faksa, just back from the World Cup of Hockey, scored seven seconds into the period to tie the game and then had a rebound off a Brett Ritchie shot deflect off him and into the net to give the Stars the lead at the 3:30 mark. 

But Colorado scored three times over the final 20 minutes to run their preseason record to 2-0-0. Francois Beauchemin tied the game 16 seconds into the period and Ben Smith's tip-in tally with 4:16 remaining proved to be the game-winner. Patrick Wiercioch scored into an empty-net to seal the win for Colorado.

Antti Niemi and Philippe Desrosiers split time in goal. Niemi stopped 12 of 13 shots and Desrosiers stopped four of six shots.

The Stars next preseason game is Friday at St. Louis.

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Morning Skate: Radek Faksa returns

Stars center appears ready to go as Stars play at Colorado in preseason game

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

There was some positive news on the injury front this morning in Frisco. Center Radek Faksa took part in this morning's skate and appears to be ready to go for tonight's preseason game at Colorado.

Faksa is back from playing for Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, where he was hit by Canada's Ryan Getzlaf in the tournament opener and missed his team's final two games with concussion-like symptoms. Still, the World Cup was a great experience for the 22-year-old forward.

"It was amazing. Until I got hurt, though. Until I got hit it was amazing," Faksa said. "The exhibition games were very intense, good speed. Everything was quick. It was the best players in the world playing in the tournament, so it was a great experience for me as a young guy. I won't forget it."

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Maxime Lagace off to strong start in camp

23-year-old pushing hard for Stars' No. 3 goaltending spot

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Ask Dallas Stars goaltending coach Jeff Reese what he likes about Maxime Lagace and he'll tell you at the top of the list is the young netminder's composure. Next on Reese's list is that Lagace was never drafted, meaning that nothing has been handed to him.  

"Everything he gets he has to earn," Reese said. "He's not going to be given anything."

That means it's been a lot of hard work and perseverance for Lagace, who is putting himself in position to be the Stars' No. 3 goaltender heading into this season. Impressive for a guy who was barely on the radar among Dallas goaltending prospects a couple of years ago.

"It's always been a tough road," Lagace said. "I've always had to prove it every step of the way that I could be in net and make the job."

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Dallas Stars Assign Defenseman Chris Martenet

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has reduced the training camp roster by assigning defenseman Chris Martenet to London of the Ontario Hockey League. The Stars training camp roster now stands at 51 players.

PLAYER

POSITION

STATUS

ACQUIRED

Chris Martenet

Defense

Loaned to London (OHL)

2015 NHL Draft (4th round, 103rd overall)

 

 

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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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