Dallas Stars Assign Jordie Benn, Alex Chiasson, and Riley Smith to Texas Stars

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The 6-foot-1 native of Victoria, B.C., has skated in 43 games during the 2012-13 campaign for Texas, notching 21 points (7G-14A) with a plus-five rating. Benn went undrafted and was signed by Dallas on July 25, 2012. Chiasson, 22, skated in seven NHL games this season and posted seven points (6G-1A). He recorded six goals in his first six career NHL games, becoming the first player since Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin to accomplish that feat. Earlier this season with the Texas Stars, he appeared in 57 games and tallied 35 points (13G-22A). Chiasson suffered an upper body injury on April 15 against the Chicago Blackhawks and missed the remainder of Dallas’ regular season games. The Montreal native was Dallas’ second-round selection (38th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. Smith, 22, played in 37 contests for Dallas during the 2012-13 season and scored nine points (3G-6A). The Toronto native scored his first career NHL goal on Feb. 15 against Vancouver and returns to Texas tied as the club’s fourth leading scorer in the regular season with 35 points (14G-21A). Smith was Dallas’ third-round selection (69th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. source: http://stars.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=668099

With New General Manager, Future Is Bright For The Dallas Stars

The Stars said goodbye to general manager Joe Nieuwendyk a day after the regular season came to an end. His poor track record when it came to the trade market was a large reason why he was removed from his post. Luckily, he actually turned the Stars around quite a bit as far as their organizational depth is concerned. This is a team with plenty of young talent, both on the current roster and in the minors. Which is why hiring a guy like Jim Nill is something that should have this franchise and its fans very, very happy right now. Jim Nill is a guy that teams have been coveting for quite some time. Coming from an organization that develops their talent like the  Detroit Red Wings  do, he’s the type of front office executive that is going to steer a young team in the right direction. He’s a perfect fit for this organization. The Dallas Stars have plenty of talent on their current roster. They have a couple of young stars, including the likes of Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson. They have a player that most would consider a franchise goalie, in Kari Lehtonen. They have some blue liners coming up through the ranks that will be making an impact in the near future. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/02/with-new-general-manager-future-is-bright-for-the-dallas-stars/

Joe Nieuwendyk Fired: Stars Fire GM After 4 Seasons In Dallas

“Joe Nieuwendyk has represented the Dallas Stars extremely well as the club’s general manager and has helped put pieces in place that will once again turn this team into a contender,” owner Tom Gaglardi said in a statement. “However, I believe it is time to take this organization in a different direction with our intentions set on returning to the elite of the National Hockey League. … I am confident we have found the right general manager to return us to the pathway of success.” Nill led the Red Wings’ amateur scouting department and oversaw decisions made at the NHL draft. While working for the franchise, the Red Wings won four Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2008. The native of Hanna, Alberta, played in 524 NHL games for St. Louis, Vancouver, Boston, Winnipeg and Detroit and had 58 goals and 87 assists in his career. He was an amateur and pro scout for the Ottawa Senators for three seasons before being hired by the Red Wings. The future of coach Glen Gulutzan wasn’t addressed by the team. Dallas holds a contract option for a third season for Gulutzan, who is 64-57-9 in his two seasons after ending the lockout-shortened regular season with a 3-0 home loss to Detroit. source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/28/joe-nieuwendyk-fired-stars-gm-nhl_n_3175105.html

 

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