Zubov's Hall of Fame Induction Long Overdue

Zubov's Hall of Fame Induction Long Overdue

July 11th, 2019 It has been a long time coming, but Sergei Zubov is on his way to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is looked at as one of the best Russian defensemen to ever play the game. He had an amazing NHL career, spanning over 16 seasons. Throughout his career, he played for three teams, the New York Rangers,...
Pavelski Signs With Stars, Says Sharks Didn't Step Up

Pavelski Signs With Stars, Says Sharks Didn't Step Up

July 1st, 2019 The Dallas Stars were busy on Monday. They signed Corey Perry to a one-year deal, then inked former San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski to a three-year deal. https://twitter.com/DallasStars/status/1145742615721250817 Details of the deal are that he'll carry an annual value around $7...

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June 16th, 2019
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, one media scribe takes a look at the recent d-man buyouts and wonders what that means for the Edmonton Oilers? In other news, the Dallas Stars and Mats Zuccarello are working on something and the Colorado Avalanche have a few items to deal with. Finally, a number of teams are interested in Jacob Trouba. The Oilers Set to Move a Defenseman? Jonathan Willis took a good long look at the buyouts that happened on Saturday (Dion Phaneuf and Andrew MacDonald) and then the trades for d-men that have taken place in the last few days and asked, "Will Edmonton be looking for that kind of player?" LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 1: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Los Angeles Kings (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images) Admitting that there are ways both players could help the Oilers, Willis says no and suggests instead, the Oilers are primed to move a defenseman in the trade market to free up space to add a forward. Only then might the team look at aging players...
June 5th, 2019
Free Agents

It was only a year ago that Roman Polak received a nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after recovering from a broken leg to have one of the stronger seasons in his career. However, after carrying that momentum through his debut season with the Dallas Stars, Polak’s future is once again in question. There is no denying he was a valuable asset to the Stars’ back end after Marc Methot and Stephen Johns sustained season-ending injuries, but whether the club will have room for him moving forward is still to be determined. Regardless, credit is owed to Polak for his hard-nosed style of play that rarely showed up on the scoresheet. Overall & Even Strength Impact Even at his best, Polak is never going to log minutes the way Esa Lindell and John Klingberg do. Still, his 19:10 average time on ice in 2018-19 was fourth-most among Stars defensemen and the most in his career since 2014-15. Few could have predicted Polak would take on such responsibility when he was...
June 4th, 2019
NHL Entry Draft

Drafting in the NHL is harder than ever before; 2019 is no exception. After losing out of the second round of the playoffs to the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Stars will look to retool and add to their high-powered roster through drafting and free agency. The biggest question lies ahead: what should the Dallas Stars do in the 2019 draft? Related: THW's 2019 NHL Draft Guide Should general manager Jim Nill focus on forwards, or double down on defense? With only four picks at their disposal this year, 2019’s draft year for the Stars could be boom or bust. They have a variety of strategies they can deploy, but finding the perfect fit for the roster should be Dallas’ biggest priority. Today, we'll be looking at three draft strategies for the Dallas Stars to see how they could change the Stars from good to great. The Best Player Available Pros: It’s hard to go wrong when you go BPA. Playing it safe can net you a solid player or the chance for someone average to become...
May 31st, 2019
NHL Coaching

Even though the Dallas Stars’ playoff run ended early, head coach Jim Montgomery deserves every bit of praise he has received since the team’s late-season surge. The first-year NHL coach was the right blend of new and old school given the mix of youth and veterans on the roster. What allowed Montgomery to grow, though, was the support of the trio that flanked him behind the bench. Assistant coaches Todd Nelson, Rick Bowness and Stu Barnes played pivotal roles in Dallas this season and deserve the recognition they're receiving from other NHL teams. Todd Nelson After initially being rumored as a candidate to take over as the Stars’ head coach, Nelson was hired as an assistant shortly after Montgomery took the helm. His prior experience as an NHL bench boss was brief—serving as the interim in Edmonton in 2014-15, with a 17-22-7 record—but his success at the AHL level garnered attention from the Stars. Nelson’s 133-78-17 record in Grand Rapids from 2015 to 2018,...

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Green to Black: Stars Graphic History, 1967-93

  Hockey fans know that North Stars owner Norm Green earned his infamy by moving the franchise from puck-loving Minnesota to Texas, where high school football draws more interest than the NHL. Fewer know that Green had already flipped the team’s cherished “N” logo over the glass... August 9th, 2017