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Hey Heika: Your long-awaited questions have been answered

From the stellar play of Jake Oettinger to potential moves at the deadline, Mike Heika delivers the goods in this detailed mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Howdy folks, it's nice to be back.

The early part of the season wasn't the time to have these interactions, as the negativity would've likely killed us all. However, we're riding a nice wave of virya (Buddhist term commonly translated as "energy", "diligence," or "enthusiasm"), so let's commune in the comfortable victory green cocoon that is Starsland.

Onto your questions:

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Hey Heika: Season expectations, health updates, training camp and more

Can the Stars stay healthy and get enough production to snag a playoff spot in the Central Division?

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Howdy folks!

It's so good to be getting back to real actual hockey. The Prospects Tournament in Traverse City was a nice taste and now we're headed toward training camp on Thursday.

The first preseason game is Monday, and then we're back in the swing of things. You had some great questions, so let's try to answer them in another scintillating edition of Hey Heika.

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Hey Heika: Goalie logjam, Cup window, line combos and much more

It's no secret the Stars are in win-now mode, but how will they handle the situation in goal with the upcoming season just two months away?

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars had a pretty eventful off-season, signing Miro Heiskanen to an eight-year contract extension that averages $8.45 million and adding free agents Ryan Suter, Braden Holtby, Luke Glendening, Michael Raffl, Jani Hakanpää, Alexander Petrovic and Andreas Borgman. That creates all sorts of questions, so we'll try to answer them here.

In another summer edition of Hey Heika, let's talk Stars.

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Hey Heika: Cap space, crucial contract extensions and so much more

The Stars could have some cap space to work with this offseason, but they still need to sign defenseman Miro Heiskanen to a new contract

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

We're coming up on some big dates with the NHL Expansion Draft (July 21), NHL Draft (July 23-24) and the first day of free agency (July 28), so that creates a lot of hockey talk.

We asked for some fan questions and received some great ones here in another edition of Hey Heika. Hopefully, the answers live up to the questions:

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Hey Heika: What can we expect from the Stars next season and beyond?

From key players in need of contract extensions to keeping the core together for another chance at a deep playoff run,'s Mike Heika answers questions from fans

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It's been a long, hard season for everyone, but now that it's over, let's try to at least get our footing on some key issues.

Here's a long-awaited edition of Hey Heika where we try to answer a few of your questions:


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Hey Heika: What does the future hold for Stars' goaltenders?

From the expansion draft to April's trade deadline,'s Mike Heika answers questions from fans

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Ah, the life of a sports fan.

Negativity and impatience are the easiest emotions, but we have to fight against those, don't we. I understand this has been a frustrating season. One, the team isn't playing well. Two, the COVID/weather hiccups have been annoying. Three, the fact you can't watch in person (or even on TV in a lot of cases) flat out stinks.

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Hey Heika: Can Stars afford to sign both Heiskanen, Klingberg long-term?

From potential trade talk to the taxi squad,'s Mike Heika answers questions from fans

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Hey there, so good to be back for another season of hockey, in whatever form it takes.

To be completely honest, I was worried about this season. The Stars sort of came out of nowhere to win in the playoffs, they're missing Tyler Seguin (hip) and Ben Bishop (knee) for much of the season with injuries, and Joe Pavelski, Alexander Radulov and Jamie Benn aren't getting any younger.

So, yeah, when COVID struck and the first four games were postponed, there was a little trepidation that Dallas would have to start with a partial roster and try to fight through a new division with unknown opponents.

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

From free agency to the franchise's future,'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?'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,'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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