Heika: Dallas Stars could have a couple of different options in terms of taking faceoffs

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Is this possibly a suggestion by Dallas to maybe switch him to center in the NHL or more of the Ott role of taking faceoffs but playing wing? I haven’t asked, but they have some players who have that ability. Roussel and Ryan Garbutt can do the same thing. With this team’s faceoff issues, they need all of the help they can get. With this team’s lack of center depth, I think they should allow everyone a chance to see what they can do.   Do you think keeping Reilly Smith in the NHL for a good chunk of the year has hurt his development? At the start of the year he was a much better looking player than Chisasson, but with Chiasson staying in the AHL most of the year, he looks way more confident than Reilly does. It’s an interesting study in development. I think Alex Chiasson was champing at the bit, and assessed his situation very well when he finally got a chance in the NHL. I think he read his opportunities, read his teammates, and did things that Ray Whitney wanted him to do. It was a very smart approach to a very short tryout. I’m not sure he played the same way in the AHL. source: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-stars/headlines/20130503-heika-dallas-stars-could-have-a-couple-of-different-options-in-terms-of-taking-faceoffs.ece?ssimg=955074

NHL Death Watch: Oh, look, Dallas Stars screwed themselves again

Sports Remind me when I share | Not you? Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience NHL Death Watch: Oh, look, Dallas Stars screwed themselves again By Greg Wyshynski | Puck Daddy  –  Wed, Apr 24, 2013 11:18 AM EDT Getty ImagesSince we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. Just a guess, but Dallas Stars fans are probably sick of seeing their team use its own foot for target practice. Like two years ago, when all the Stars needed to do was defeat a Minnesota team with nothing to play for in order to earn a postseason berth. Instead, they gave up two third-period goals, lost in the last game of the regular season and stayed home. Or like last season, when the Stars had a shot at the division title and instead dropped its final five games. This season, the Stars controlled their own destiny and had a 2-1 lead at the San Jose Sharks deep into the third period on Tuesday night. Then a Brad Stuart shot was tipped by Joe Pavelski and went in. Then a brutal turnover on a miscommunication between Alex Goligoski and Ray Whitney resulted in a Logan Couture goal that sent the home fans into hysterics and the visiting team into disarray. The Stars’ tragic number is down to one. Mike Heika attempts to find the silver lining: Officially, the Stars still have a chance at this. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-death-watch-oh-look-dallas-stars-screwed-151821799–nhl.html?pt=BureoF2GVB?date=20220706

Dallas Stars announce hiring of Jim Nill as new general manager

Just a couple of days after the team parted ways with Joe Nieuwendyk following a fifth-straight non-playoff season, the team announced Monday morning that it has hired Jim Nill to take over the team. Nill was the assistant general manager to Ken Holland in Detroit for the past 15 years. “Jim Nill, along with Ken Holland, has been at the core of the Detroit Red Wings ‘ front office for nearly two decades, and we are extremely excited to secure him as our new general manager,” said Stars owner Tom Gaglardi in a team statement. “Jim’s record in Detroit speaks for itself, contributing to four Stanley Cup championships as well as drafting and developing some of the league’s best players. Jim is universally respected throughout the hockey world, and we are very fortunate to have him as our general manager. We are confident that his leadership, expertise, work ethic and direction will position the club for consistent success once again.” Nill was mentioned as a front-runner for the job as soon as word surfaced that Nieuwendyk was on his way out. In a statement released by the Stars he said there have been other jobs presented to him in the past but that he was waiting for the right opportunity to present itself, and Dallas was that opportunity. He certainly has some pieces to work with. He takes over a team that already has established NHLers like Loui Eriksson , Jamie Benn and Kari Lehtonen signed long term to go with young up-and-coming players like Brenden Dillon , Cody Eakin , and Alex Chiasson , and a farm system that includes Jack Campbell , Joe Morrow and Jamie Oleksiak . source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22167047/dallas-stars-announce-hiring-of-jim-nill-as-new-general-manager

Why the Dallas Stars are reworking the front office

The team has hired Kelly Calvert from the Texas Rangers and promoted Brad Alberts to executive vice president and chief revenue officer. These front office moves come on the heels of the Stars naming Jim Nill as the team’s general manager after firing Joe Nieuwendyk . “On the hockey side, we brought in the best guy we could get as general manager,” Stars President and CEO Jim Lites told me. “This is about us rounding out the business.” The moves — such as Alberts’ promotion — aren’t a sweeping change, but better reflect what he’s doing already, Lites said. Calvert is expected to join the hockey club as vice president of marketing at the close of the Rangers’ season. Nill, Alberts and Calvert will report to Lites. Lites says he expects a deeper and broader hockey team this next season, which will help win over fans. During the past season, the Stars formed some great corporate relationships and the team plans to continue that work, Lites said. “This gives us the ability to handle the demand once it’s created,” Lites told me. Candace covers commercial and residential real estate and sports business. source: http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2013/05/06/why-the-dallas-stars-is-reworking-its.html


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