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Nill will be patient in search for Stars' new coach

The Dallas GM has started identifying top candidates, reaching out to a few so far

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Jim Nill has started to reach out to coaches as he searches for a new bench boss in Dallas, but the Stars GM said he will be patient with the process.

"We've kind of made a list of identifying who are the top 10-15 guys, and I'll start to narrow that down," Nill said. "It's not going to be something that happens real quick. Some of the coaches are still coaching (in the playoffs), so I've got to wait for that process, too."

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Prospect Report: Heiskanen takes bronze in Finnish League playoffs

The Stars' defense prospect is expected to play for Finland at IIHF World Championship in Denmark

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defense prospect Miro Heiskanen wrapped up his season in Finland's top league on a winning note, helping HIFK secure a bronze medal with a 3-2 win over TPS on Friday.

Heiskanen played a game-high 23:24 in Friday's game, which was a one-game playoff between the two teams that lost in the semifinals of the Finnish League playoffs.

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Texas Stars split first two games of opening-round playoff series

Texas gives up home-ice advantage, but will try to get it back as the series shifts to Ontario, Calif.

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The Texas Stars made a strong, late-season push to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, but they surrendered it after splitting the first two games of their series against Ontario in Cedar Park.

The Stars won the series opener, which was a back-and-forth affair, 4-3, in overtime Thursday night. But Ontario pushed back in Game 2 on Friday, the Stars couldn't cash in on their chances, and the Reign tied the series 1-1 with a 5-1 win.

The Pacific Division Semifinal series, which is a best-of-five, now shifts to California for Games 3 and 4.

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Strong finish pushes Texas Stars to second place in Pacific Division

Dallas' AHL affiliate secures home-ice advantage, opens playoffs vs. Ontario on Thursday

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars picked up five of six points in the final week of the regular season to finish in second place in the AHL's Pacific Division and secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Stars picked up points in 11 of their final 13 games (6-2-5) and finished with a 38-24-14 record, climbing up from a battle for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division to that second-place finish.

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Prospect Report: Caamano, Robertson to square off in OHL playoffs

The Stars' forward prospects advance to the Eastern Conference Championship Series

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars forward prospects Nick Caamano and Jason Robertson will square off in the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference Championship Series, which gets underway later this week.

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As Hitchcock retires, Stars' search for new head coach begins

General manager Jim Nill says he will look at all options for a new Dallas bench boss

by Mark Stepneski @OvertimeScottB / Inside Edge

Ken Hitchcock's second stint as head coach of the Dallas Stars turned out to be a short one. Hitchcock announced Friday that he is retiring from coaching after one year back behind the bench in Dallas.

"The game of hockey has been my entire life and I could never repay what the game did for me and all the wonderful people I met in my career," Hitchcock said in a letter announcing his retirement. "I would like to thank everyone for their support and friendship over the years. I have contemplated this since our last game and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over."

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AHL Report: Texas Stars punch ticket to Calder Cup Playoffs

Dallas' top development affiliate is headed to the postseason for the seventh time in its nine-year history

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars are headed to the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Stars rallied for a 4-3 win over Rockford Saturday to punch their ticket to the postseason for the seventh time in their nine-season history.

The Stars secured the spot by picking up four of six points last week, going 1-0-2 and pushing their points streak to four games (2-0-2).

"Our guys earned it," Texas coach Derek Laxdal told reporters. "Twenty-six overtime games in the regular season, grinding out points on the road and some big road trips. To clinch it with three games left and take a little bit of pressure off the group is outstanding. It says a lot about the guys we have.

"Give our guys a lot of credit; it's been a long year. Now, we are in the dance, and we want to move forward."

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Stars notebook: Nill talks contract extension with Seguin

The Dallas GM is confident he can get a deal done with the All-Star center

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars held a team meeting in Frisco on Monday morning and then met with the media one final time as they head into the offseason and begin sorting through what went wrong in 2017-18.

It was a season that started with high expectations and ended in disappointment with the Stars missing the playoffs for a second straight year.

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Prospect Report: Tufte, Minnesota Duluth win NCAA championship

The 2016 first-round pick shakes off injury to help the Bulldogs top Notre Dame in title game

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars prospect Riley Tufte and the University of Minnesota Duluth won the NCAA championship over the weekend, defeating Notre Dame, 2-1, in the title game Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Bulldogs, who barely made it into the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid, won four straight one-goal games to secure their second national championship in men's hockey.

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Stars close out season with win over Kings

Benn's first-period hat trick fuels Dallas' fast start in a 4-2 victory

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars closed out the 2017-18 season on a positive note, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, at Staples Center on Saturday night. Jamie Benn scored his second hat trick in three games, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 shots for Dallas.

The Stars jumped on the Kings early to build a 4-0 lead in the first period behind a goal by Devin Shore and then three straight by Benn. Dallas survived a strong push by the Kings, who cut the lead to 4-2 in the second, and then played a solid third to maintain the two-goal lead in the third.

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