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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)

 

 

Click here to view the current training camp roster. 

 

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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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