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Dallas Stars buy out goaltender Antti Niemi

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the club has bought out the final year of goaltender Antti Niemi's contract. Niemi had one year remaining at $4.5-million on his three-year contract with Dallas. As per the terms of a buyout, two-thirds of his salary will be spread out over the next two seasons with an annual salary cap hit of $1.5-million per year.

Niemi, 33, posted a 12-12-4 record with a 3.30 goals against average and an .892 save percentage for the Stars in 2016-17. Over two seasons with Dallas, he recorded a record of 37-25-11 with a 2.92 goals against average, a .900 save percentage and three shutouts.

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Man Advantage

Stu Barnes returns to Dallas and aims to strengthen Stars' power play

by Scott Burnside @OvertimeScottB / DallasStars.com

Sometimes to find out where you belong you have to be somewhere else.

And so it is that longtime Dallas Stars player, coach and broadcaster Stu Barnes is once again in the fold.

After spending the past couple of years spending time with his family, including helping coach his son's prep school hockey team, the veteran forward has joined head coach Ken Hitchcock's staff for what looms as a critical season in Dallas.

Hitchcock, who is returning to Dallas for a second go-round behind the Stars bench, knew Barnes and vice-versa, having traveled parallel tracks through the Western Hockey League and later in the NHL. Now their paths aren't just crisscrossing, but conjoining.

"I thought the world of him," Hitchcock said.

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Blue Line Bolster

by Scott Burnside @OvertimeScottB / DallasStars.com

If you're the box-ticking sort - and who among National Hockey League general managers doesn't pretty much do that for a living? - this is an awfully nice box to tick off if you're the Dallas Stars.

Big, veteran defenseman who shoots left and just happens to know a whole lot about playing with a high-end, skilled defender.

Welcome to the Victory Green of the Dallas Stars, Marc Methot.

The first thing former NHLer Jason York, now a national analyst in Canada, thought when he heard about the deal Monday night was that Methot is going to play with the closest thing to the dynamic Erik Karlsson when he gets to Dallas.

"How good is that," York said after the trade between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Stars was announced. "Almost perfect."

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Stars acquire defenseman Marc Methot from Vegas

Vegas will receive goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Methot recorded 12 points (0-12=12) in 68 games for Ottawa and ranked second on the club with 164 hits. He registered four points (2-2=4) in 18 games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Senators reach the Eastern Conference Final. The blueliner recorded 80 hits during the postseason, which was tied for the second-most by any player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was acquired by Vegas in the expansion draft held on June 21.

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Dallas Stars announce qualifying offers

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has issued qualifying offers for the following players, thus retaining their negotiating rights:

PLAYER - POSITION
Radek Faksa - C
Patrik Nemeth - D
Jamie Oleksiak - D
Brett Ritchie - RW
Gemel Smith - C
Matej Stransky - RW

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Stars place Niemi on waivers, plan to buy out contract

Move will leave Ben Bishop and Kari Lehtonen as goaltending tandem for 2017-18

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars GM Jim Nill said over the weekend that he would move one of his goaltenders this week and he got the process started Monday, placing Antti Niemi on waivers with the intention of buying out his contract.

Since the acquisition and signing of Ben Bishop last month to be the team's new No. 1 goaltender, Nill was expected to move either Niemi or Kari Lehtonen via a trade or buyout. The odds were it was going to be Niemi. It was, and it turned out to be the buyout option.

"That was one of the options. There was no trade market for him. It's a pretty saturated goaltending market right now. We knew that going in," Nill said. "This is going to give him an opportunity to play another year or not, and it frees up cap room for us."

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Stars sign defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year contract extension

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4-million contract extension.

Lindell, 23, posted 18 points (6-12=18) in 73 games played for Dallas during the 2016-17 regular season, his first full season in the NHL. He finished second on the team by averaging 21:52 of time on ice per game and his +8 plus/minus rating finished third. Additionally, he finished second on the team with 119 blocked shots and tied for fifth with 93 hits.

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Stars sign forward Mark McNeill to a one-year contract extension

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Mark McNeill to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

McNeill, 24, appeared in one game for Dallas and recorded one shot and one blocked shot. He split the majority of the season between Rockford and Texas of the American Hockey League (AHL). In total, he appeared in 79 AHL regular-season contests and posted 39 points (9-30=39).

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Switching Gears

by Scott Burnside @OvertimeScottB / DallasStars.com

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - If the National Hockey League draft is the foundation on which the Dallas Stars - and every other team for that matter - will be built then it's time for GM Jim Nill to get to work on the back porch and maybe the woodshed.

After selecting a potential franchise defenseman in Miro Heiskanen with the third overall pick Friday night and following it up with six other picks through the end of Saturday's seventh round, Nill and his pro scouting staff will move almost immediately into free agency mode.

The interview process that allows teams to talk to potential unrestricted free agents ahead of July 1 begins Sunday. Among those that Nill will be talking to will be some familiar names Ales Hemsky and Patrick Sharp.

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Stars go heavy on forwards on day two of draft

Stars take four forwards and one goalie, get a goal scorer in left wing Jason Robertson with second-round pick

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars wrapped up the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago by making five picks Saturday, leaning heavily towards forwards.

After taking high-end defenseman Miro Heiskanen and highly regarded goaltender Jake Oettinger in Friday's first round of the draft, the Stars selected four forwards and one goaltender with their picks on Saturday. There was no grand play with the high number of forwards taken on Saturday. 

"That's just how it works out," said Joe McDonnell, Stars director of amateur scouting. "We're not drafting by position at that point. We are getting what our area guys are thinking, what they like, who they are real strong on."

Overall, it was a good weekend for the Stars. They got Heiskanen, the guy who No. 1 on their draft list. They picked up Oettinger, the goaltender they had ranked highest. Then in the second round (39th overall), they picked up a player they had projected to go in the first round - Jason Robertson, a left wing who scored 42 goals in the Ontario Hockey League last season.

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