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Hey Heika: What's next for Khudobin, Stars goaltending this offseason?

From free agency to the franchise's future, DallasStars.com's Mike Heika answers fan questions in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Howdy folks, it's been a heck of a ride.

I know it was weird, and I know we didn't get to be there in person, but watching the Stars get to the Stanley Cup Final for just the fifth time in franchise history was very entertaining.

But now that it's over and the draft (Oct. 6) and free agency (Oct. 9 ) are looming, we all have to move forward.

You have a lot of questions out there and we'll take our best guesses at answering them here in another edition of Hey Heika.

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Hey Heika: What has led to Jamie Benn's vintage performance in playoffs?

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika answers Twitter questions from fans in his latest mailbag ahead of the Stanley Cup Final

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Well, this is a pleasant surprise.

I didn't feel I would be doing a "Hey Heika" before the Stanley Cup Final, but here we are.

The Stars have pushed through the oddest post-season in NHL history and now sit four wins away from an incredible championship in the Edmonton bubble. That not-so-simple process has changed a lot of the possible decisions that need to be made. And if they win it all, that could change even more.

But as we try to understand what has happened and as we try to imagine what might happen going forward, let's ponder a few questions and see what we get:

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Hey Heika: How far can these Stars go in postseason?

From goaltending to playoff beards, DallasStars.com's Mike Heika tackles your questions in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

This is going to be one of the weirdest, wildest times for sports fans, and I'm kind of excited about that.

Yes, I would rather be at a full arena in person and talking to players every day. Yes, I'm a bit confused by how all of this is going to work. Yes, I have a lot of questions.

But I also know this is going to be new and different and surprising and unpredictable, so why the heck not. The NHL and the players have done a pretty darn good job of working through all of the details to get to this place, so I have a lot of confidence they are going to find a way to make this work.

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Hey Heika: Which prospects could make Stars' roster next season?

Mike Heika talks next year's rookie crop, untold stories from the 1999 Stanley Cup run and more in his latest Stars mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Howdy folks, it's been a long time away from "Hey Heika" while we sit at home and wait, but I figured there were a few topics we could broach during our hiatus.

So you asked, I answered, and let's hope we can learn a few things before we get back to games.

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Hey Heika: Will Khudobin re-sign with Stars in offseason?

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika talks offense, goaltending and looks ahead to the 2021 expansion draft in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

I'd like to lead off this interaction with the fans by clarifying something.

Some people interpreted this column as chastising fans for criticizing Rick Bowness, and if you read it that way, I apologize. That was not my intent. What I wanted was maybe a deeper debate on why Bowness is making the decisions he is making and what the overall impact of those decisions might be.

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Hey Heika: Stars could use scoring help, but at what cost?

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika talks trade deadline, Rick Bowness' future, goalie contracts and more in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 24, the Stars are in a heated battle for first place in the Central Division and teams already have started shuffling players, so there is plenty to talk about when it comes to hockey.

We asked fans to pose questions for senior staff writer Mike Heika, and they came up with some good ones in this edition of our "Hey Heika" mailbag:

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Hey Heika: As trade deadline nears, who could Stars target?

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika talks potential deals, special teams, Johns' return and more in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

I always enjoy talking with the fans.

This is a sport that creates a lot of debates and I truly believe we can all be right at certain times. Your vision for the team might actually be better than the vision of those in charge. Your take on the happenings of Monday's game could be more salient than those in the media.

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Hey Heika: What's the biggest move that Stars need to make?

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika talks trades, scoring, coaching changes and more in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars' world got turned upside down last week, and it caused all sorts of turbulence for fans.

The musical chairs that the coaching staff has had to go through is one place to study, as is the fact the players have to simply put their head down and keep working to stay in a playoff spot.

Lots to talk about, so let's get started with another Hey Heika:

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Hey Heika: Could Stars be a destination for Taylor Hall? Don't bet on it

From trades to power-play solutions, DallasStars.com's Mike Heika answers Twitter questions from fans

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The great thing about the 2019-20 season is it's not boring.

Stumble out of the gate, and we get to question every decision made for the past seven years. Go on a 14-1-1 run, and we're pondering who they'll play in the finals. Come crashing back to earth, and we're discussing which one of six superstars deserves a healthy scratch.

Ya gotta admit, hockey is a talking sport.

So let's keep the talk going with another edition of Hey Heika. You guys asked questions on Twitter and I am providing answers here. They might not be the right answers, but they give us the opportunity to further the conversation.

And isn't that what this is all about?

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Hey Heika: Is Miro Heiskanen the league's best young defenseman?

DallasStars.com senior staff writer Mike Heika answers Twitter questions from fans in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It's been a heck of a month, and there's plenty to talk about, so let's answer your questions in another installment of Hey Heika. You asked on Twitter, and I'll answer them here in one tidy package.

It's great teamwork, if you ask me:

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