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It’s Dallas Stars Day at PHT

Aug 8, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin Getty Images

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Dallas Stars.

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Dallas GM Jim Nill didn’t waste any time making the Stars his team and so far they’ve been better for it. His major move last summer, bringing Tyler Seguin as part of a blockbuster trade with Boston, was a big win for him.

Seguin, who had struggled to cement his role with the deep Bruins, was paired up with Stars captain Jamie Benn last season and the duo combined to score 71 goals and 163 points. Seguin and Benn are just 22 and 25 years old respectively, so the two should be playing together for years to come. The former Bruins forward also has five seasons left on his six-year, $34 million, which will be a steal if he continues to play at the level he demonstrated last season.

Of course, it also helped matters that goaltender Kari Lehtonen was able to stay relatively healthy last season. Although he dealt with a lower-body injury and concussion, he still managed to play in 65 games. His solid work between the pipes is one of the reasons the Stars squeezed into the postseason with a 40-31-11 record, ending their drought of five straight campaigns without a playoff berth.

Once there, the Stars were gave the heavily favored Ducks a run for their money before finally falling in Game 6 in overtime.

Offseason recap

For the second straight summer, Nill pulled off a major trade for a center. This time he acquired Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alex Chiasson, Ludwig Karlsson, Alexander Guptill, Nicholas Paul, and a second round pick. After developing some on-ice chemistry with Spezza in 2013-14, Ales Hemsky followed him to Dallas by inking a three-year, $12 million contract.

Dallas also decided to take a chance on goaltender Anders Lindback. He showed a lot of promise when he was a member of the Nashville Predators, but he struggled during his two-season tenure with Tampa Bay and after falling hard in the 2014 playoffs, the Lightning weren’t willing to present him with a qualifying offer. Lindback inked a one-year, $925,000 deal with Dallas and is likely to start the season as the team’s backup netminder, although Jussi Rynnas was brought in to challenge him for that role following a strong season in Finland’s top league.

Nill’s work isn’t done yet as Cody Eakin and Brenden Dillon are still restricted free agents.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Dadoun – I just re-read your piece about Rich Peverley from last month. I assume there’s a forthcoming article about him – hopefully, with an update as to his health? (I hope he continues to improve.)

    • darksidecowboy - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      I’ve heard he’s improved, but doubt he’d be able to come back for start of season. Might hang it up due to family, but will most likely have a position with the Stars organization. He brings ton of leadership and can play in any situation, the best swiss army knife on the team.

  2. illogic87 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Dallas Stars will make the playoffs this year

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      And have a challenge getting past round I, despite their improvements. No cheap shot, just the realities of the leagues toughest division. If they were in the EC, they’d likely be a 2 seed.

      My projected central div finish is
      Hawks
      Blues
      Wild
      Stars
      Aves

      All make the playoffs, joining the 3 Cali teams in the pacific.

      Kings
      Ducks
      Sharks

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Instead of thumb downing, care to either post your own or share why you disagree?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        So, apparently the readers are either too lazy or unwilling to risk disagreement to post their own projections. Hmmm, thought this was a discussion forum

      • darksidecowboy - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Here’s my take, the Av’s will come down to earth behind the Stars, Wild have suspect goaltending,and even the Blues goaltending is up in the air.

        Central Standings

        Hawks
        Stars
        Blues
        Wild
        Avs
        Preds
        Jets

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        And that is the value of discussing – you have a point about the Wild’s goal tending. I have not seen an update on Josh H since May, Darcy K is still not signed. But I don’t see the Blues as seriously suspect.

        Stars have a possible issue with their backup as well. With the Blues overall depth, I don’t see the Stars finishing highter than the Blues, and reasonable people can disagree reasonably;)

  3. einjzmolf - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Looking forward to it! Ludwig Karlsson was actually acquired by Dallas in the trade, not given up

  4. capsnbohs23 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Dallas is going to be a really fun team to watch this year

  5. darksidecowboy - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Stars still need the #1 defenseman to really challenge the cream of the WC. I have high hopes that GM Nill will make another move to solidify the defense this season.

    • gbatap - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      #1d are very rarely acquired and more often developed. While not have a true stud # 1 they have three pairings of #2 caliber players and a glut of very good, young, defensively that are close to making the leap. Good chance that within a year or two we’ll be talking about nemeth as a #1 shutdown defenseman and klingberg could be in the discussion as a #1 puck mover.

  6. puckluckpost - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Seguin will see a dip in his production… You watch, same as Joe Thornton after he showed SJ how many points he could produce. Neither guy raises his game in the playoffs, nor are they leaders.

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