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Heika: Stars believe pieces are in place to boost scoring depth

With a new system and improved personnel, the team isn't concerned the issue will linger into this season

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BOISE, Idaho -- The Stars aren't near as worried about a scoring depth problem as you are.

While that issue has been discussed a great deal among fans in the summer, the powers-that-be believe the personnel and system is there to make sure the team has plenty of scoring throughout the lineup.

"I know people are worried about it. I'm not worried about it. It's not a big issue for me," said general manager Jim Nill as he watched his players practice Sunday morning at CentruryLink Arena.

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How fast? Frenetic: Five observations from Day 2 of Stars training camp

Jim Montgomery sets the tone with another quick-paced practice before Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BOISE, Idaho -- The pace for Jim Montgomery is a frenetic one.

After two days of training camp, the new Dallas Stars coach will put his team through a scrimmage on Sunday at CenturyLink Arena and then get them back to Texas to prepare for their first preseason game Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

With a lot of learning squeezed into a short time, let's take a look at five things to ponder after Saturday's workout:

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Trusting the process: Seguin's belief in system sets example for Stars

As the center continues to grow as a leader, his early buy-in to Jim Montgomery's style goes a long way

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BOISE, Idaho -- Tyler Seguin had a nice moment Friday.

As new head coach Jim Montgomery was running the Stars through drills on the first day of training camp that emphasize the details of his game plan, Seguin said he started to understand the potential of what Montgomery was preaching.

It was a different way of creating pressure that starts with something as simple as pointing your skates in the right direction and angling through skating lanes with purpose, but also includes a subtle team-wide ability to read plays and know when to hold back and when to attack.

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Superb start: Five observations from Day 1 of Stars training camp

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika breaks down why there are plenty of reasons for optimism with this group

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BOISE, Idaho -- Beginnings are usually fun.

There's so much energy, so much optimism, so much belief.

That's the way it was on the ice at CenturyLink Arena on Friday. New head coach Jim Montgomery led a group of 60 players through various drills in three sessions while good vibes spilled all over the ice.

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Staying 'home,' Tyler Seguin sets sight on what's next: 'I want to win'

The center signs an affordable, long-term mega deal with the Stars, leaving room for Jim Nill to build

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars have a core of players that could be deemed pretty affordable by today's NHL standards, and that was an important consideration for Tyler Seguin.

The 26-year-old center on Thursday signed an eight-year contract extension that averages $9.85 million. That makes him the highest-paid player on the team and one the highest paid in the league, but it also can be seen as a "hometown discount" when you consider Seguin could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer and asked for a lot more.

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The journey begins: Jim Montgomery ready, eager to open first NHL camp

The coach has a challenge entering Year One, but the Stars could be uniquely prepared to take advantage

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars have a challenge this season, getting their third coach in three years.

That said, it could also be a great opportunity as they start training camp Friday at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

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Tough season behind him, Jason Spezza looks forward with 'fire in belly'

The veteran center is determined to rekindle the form that made him one of the league's best players

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Jason Spezza is ready to go.

The veteran center has been in Frisco for weeks and can't wait for training camp to start Friday at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

There's good reason for that.

Spezza is coming off the worst season of his 15-year NHL career, and is determined to prove he can be better. After posting eight goals among 26 points in 78 games, Spezza said he is motivated.

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'A lot to prove': With camp fast approaching, anticipation high for Stars

Jamie Benn says the drive is already there for a playoff run with players 'looking to make a difference this year'

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Anticipation is thick in the air for the Dallas Stars this week.

Players have been trickling back to town and while the coaching staff is watching prospects in Traverse City, Mich., former player Vernon Fiddler is running informal workouts at StarCenter Frisco.

"There's good energy," said center Tyler Seguin. "It's obviously nice to be back with everybody. Guys are ready to go."

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Summer School: How Alexander Radulov's energy, work ethic boosts Stars

The 'relentless' winger should be just what Jim Montgomery needs in his first year as Dallas' coach

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

As players get ready for the 2018-19 season under new head coach Jim Montgomery, let's take a look at what they did last season and where they can improve in a series we'll call "Summer School." Next up, DallasStars.com senior staff writer Mike Heika takes a look at right wing Alexander Radulov.


Previous installments: Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg, Mattias Janmark, Radek Faksa, Jamie Benn, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, Marc Methot, Ben Bishop, Devin Shore


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Summer School: Will versatile Devin Shore return to rookie form?

With the Stars' offseason additions, the young forward may have to dig in and find new ways to contribute

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

As players get ready for the 2018-19 season under new head coach Jim Montgomery, let's take a look at what they did last season and where they can improve in a series we'll call "Summer School." Next up, DallasStars.com senior staff writer Mike Heika takes a look at center Devin Shore.


Previous installments: Jason Spezza , Tyler Seguin , John Klingberg , Mattias Janmark , Radek Faksa , Jamie Benn , Stephen Johns , Esa Lindell , Marc Methot , Ben Bishop


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