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Summer School: Will Klingberg enjoy another Norris-worthy campaign?

The All-Star ranks fifth in points among NHL defenseman since entering the league in 2014

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 defenseman John Klingberg:


Previous installments: Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin


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Summer School: Can Seguin build on do-it-all season for Stars?

The All-Star center looks to repeat arguably his most complete campaign yet, which saw him score 40 goals

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." Here, DallasStars.com senior staff writer Mike Heika takes a look at center Tyler Seguin:


Previous installment: Jason Spezza


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On the Fly with forward Tyler Pitlick

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika sits down with Pitlick to discuss his offseason with Da Beauty League and more

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The "On The Fly" series was so popular last season, DallasStars.com is continuing it into the new campaign. In this edition, senior staff writer Mike Heika asks Tyler Pitlick about growing up in Minnesota and playing in Da Beauty League this summer.

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Summer School: Will Spezza shine in Montgomery's system?

The veteran forward seeks to bounce back with an increase in offensive production for the Stars

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." First up, DallasStars.com senior staff writer Mike Heika takes a look at center Jason Spezza:

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Heika: Who will grab Stars' open fourth-line center spot?

Replacing a gritty veteran like Hanzal to begin the season won't be easy, but the process could actually be good for Dallas

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

AXS TV has a lot of great music documentaries and I was watching the making of Deep Purple's album Machine Head the other day.

It was one of my favorite records as a teen, and the story of how it came together is certainly intriguing. Deep Purple went to Montreux, Switzerland to record the album, and the concert venue/studio they were supposed to use suffered fire and water damage at a Frank Zappa concert the day before they were scheduled to start work.

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On the Fly with defenseman Stephen Johns

DallasStars.com's Mike Heika sits down with Johns to discuss his upbringing in a small town, golf and more

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The "On The Fly" series was so popular last season, DallasStars.com has extended it into the new campaign. In this offseason edition, senior staff writer Mike Heika sits down with defenseman Stephen Johns, who recently signed a three-year contract extension, to chat about his charity golf tournament, growing up in a small town, summer activities and more.

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Heika: Seguin extension could take patience, but positives are there

Players want to be on a winning team and have an owner who will spend to bring one -- the Stars have both

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It's a nerve-wracking time to be a Stars fan.

There was that whole John Tavares interview process, the first day of free agency, and now this back and forth on whether or not the team has the ability to trade for Erik Karlsson. It keeps the mind working overtime.

But while we all wait for the offseason to shake out so that we can judge whether the team has been improved, I'm going to posit the theorem that the process is good for the Stars.

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Hey Heika: What realistic offseason trade could Nill, Stars pursue?

DallasStars.com senior staff writer Mike Heika answers Twitter questions from fans

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Hi there, Stars fans.

We are going to be asking for your questions throughout the summer and then during the season and hopefully providing some good answers. Here is our second "chat" with you guys. If you have any questions for me, just send them out on Twitter with the hashtag #HeyHeika or email them to mheika@dallasstars.com.

Let's get started:

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Heika: Nill putting finishing touches on solid Stars roster

After serious remodeling, the Dallas GM has shaped things into place on his construction project

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Most of my family works in construction.

Plumbers, electricians, concrete workers, general contractors.

I've seen a lot of jobs at a lot of stages of completion, but one of the biggest thrills for all concerned is when the finish carpenters come in.

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Net win: Stars goaltending situation moving into position of strength

Signing Khudobin and Point signals Dallas will be strong behind No. 1 Bishop

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

For the past five seasons, the Stars have struggled to get their goaltending situation right.

In addition to trying to find the right partner for Kari Lehtonen (who was on a five-year contract that averaged $5.9 million), Dallas also couldn't get the proper rotation in the minors with its young goalies.

The result was the 25th-best goals against average in the NHL at 2.90 goals per game during that five-year stretch, and an AHL situation that relied heavily on veteran goalies.

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