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New addition Pysyk sees Stars as 'a lot of fun' to play for

The defenseman not only brings Dallas a steady hand as a depth player, but potentially a perfect fit on the blue line

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

When the Stars signed Andrej Sekera to a one-year free agent deal in 2019, it seemed like a good depth move that might pay dividends down the road.

By the time the season ended, Sekera had played in all 27 playoff games and had the second most shorthanded minutes on the team -- almost twice as many as third-place Miro Heiskanen.

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Faksa hopes new deal helps him remain with Stars 'forever'

Not wanting to worry about contracts any time soon, the center agreed to a new five-year deal with Dallas

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Radek Faksa reminds me a lot of Jere Lehtinen.

And not just in the fact the two are great defensive forwards who also can score a goal or two.

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Khudobin returns to Stars eyeing another 'chance to win'

By bringing back the goaltender, Dallas puts itself in position to do just that as a Stanley Cup contender

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars have had some of the best goaltending in the NHL for the past two seasons, and they hope that will continue going forward after signing Anton Khudobin to a three-year contract.

Stars general manager Jim Nill announced the deal that averages $3.3 million for Khudobin on Friday.

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What's next for Stars entering busiest part of offseason?

Taking interim tag off Bowness, possibly finding replacement for unrestricted free agent Khudobin at top of Dallas' list

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

There are questions circling around the Stars, and yet the front office feels like a lot of answers are already in place.

Stars general manager Jim Nill addressed a ton of questions on Thursday as he took a break between the entry draft (Tuesday and Wednesday) and the start of NHL free agency (11 a.m. CT on Friday).

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Seguin's torn labrum just one on lengthy list of Stars injuries

The All-Star forward is considering offseason hip surgery to repair the injury and could miss four months

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars finished the playoffs with a long list of injuries, including a labrum problem for Tyler Seguin's hip that is expected to require surgery and a possible four-month recovery.

General manager Jim Nill went down the list Thursday, citing just how hard players worked and how much pain they dealt with to get to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final before bowing out to Tampa Bay.

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Skill over size: Stars' 2020 draft class could be one to remember

If this year's selections pan out, Dallas' offense could be a lot of fun going forward

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

If the Stars' 2020 draft pans out the way it's supposed to, the team could be a lot of fun going forward.

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Bourque far from a finished product, but Stars see 'big point producer'

McDonnell touts the center's high hockey IQ, competitiveness as reasons why Dallas selected him at No. 30 overall

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars have been able to pick a bit higher than 30th in recent years (as they did Tuesday in the first round of the NHL Draft), so they definitely have to temper expectations for first-round pick Mavrik Bourque.

Just not too much.

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2020 NHL Draft: Five prospects who could fall to Stars at pick No. 30

With the COVID-19 pandemic turning this year's draft virtual, Dallas' scouting staff says they must be ready for anything

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Like everyone else, the Stars' scouting staff is dealing with a different kind of world in 2020.

As they prepare for the NHL's draft Tuesday and Wednesday, they are not traveling to a central site and sitting around the same table. Instead, they are set up in their homes and communicating on Microsoft Teams. Instead of watching tournaments or interviewing potential draft picks in person, they are watching hours of digital footage and scouring reports from earlier in the season.

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Podcast: What were high points of Stars' journey to Stanley Cup Final?

In the season finale of Rinky Dinking, Razor and Heika recap the end of a magical postseason and look ahead to what's next

by Daryl Reaugh and Mike Heika @Razor5Hole / Rinky Dinking Podcast

In the season finale of Rinky Dinking, hosts Daryl "Razor" Reaugh and Mike Heika give their thoughts on the Lightning winning it all and their high points from the Stars' magical run to the Stanley Cup Final (12:31).

Plus, jack-of-all-trades producer Jeff Toates recaps life in the Edmonton bubble (30:40), and what's next for the franchise as we enter the offseason (38:11).

All episodes of Rinky Dinking are available now for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and DallasStars.com.

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2020 NHL Draft: Impact of recent picks already felt in Stars' lineup

From Heiskanen to Harley, Dallas has taken several players who should shape a major part of the team's future core

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

As a longtime scout and director of player personnel for the Detroit Red Wings, Jim Nill understands a thing or two about the importance of the NHL draft.

Nill helped Detroit load up on players like Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and was a part of an organization that won four Stanley Cups. He has brought a similar mindset to the Stars since becoming the team's general manager in 2013, and there's a chance the team really starts seeing the impact of that philosophy going forward.

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