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Dallas Stars Season Preview

Finally, the Dallas Stars have financial freedom. Tom Gaglardi has given GM Joe Nieuwendyk the ability to spend money—and did he ever. He dished out pretty good money to sign some free agents, and pick up a few assets over the summer. Let's take a look at what happened after another heartbreaking season.

In with the new:
Jaromir Jagr - one year, $4.5 million
Ray Whitney - two years, $9 million
Derek Roy -  acquired in Ott trade
Cody Eakin - acquired in Ribeiro trade
Aaron Rome - three years, $4.5 million

Out with the old:
Sheldon Souray - to Anaheim
Mike Ribeiro - to Was...

Goalie Dominik Hasek Interested in NHL Return

 

At age 47, the goalie known as the ‘Dominator’ Dominik Hasek wants to come back to the NHL. Hasek not only wants to play he wants to sign a multi-year deal with a team.  

“There is no option. He will play and he will excel will do all of the things he can do,”  Hasek’s agent Ritch Winter said of a comeback to reporters in a recent interview.

There is no doubt Hasek is a legend but at age 47 (turning 48 in January), teams are skeptical he will be able to produce at a high level and rightfully so.  Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has already refused to entertain Hasek’s returnaas.

Add not play...

Buffalo Sabres add Size, Toughness in Free Agency

 

With the first two weeks of free agency over and the focus moving towards that of the new CBA agreement, let’s take a look at what the Sabres have done during the offseason so far.

A veteran of five seasons and one of the biggest wingers in the NHL, John Scott comes in at 6-feet, 8 inches and 270 pounds. Although he’s only averaged a point per season in his career, his role will be to bring size, toughness, and experience to the roster.

He may not be in the lineup every night, but Scott will be invaluable against division rivals who have used size to their advantage in seasons past.

Longtime Dallas Star, Steve Ott, and teammate Adam Pardy came ov...

Derek Roy Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

The Stars have suffered a bit of a setback, as Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported that newly-acquired center Derek Roy suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. This injury will leave Roy out of the lineup until November.

This may come as no surprise to those who followed Roy in Buffalo, as he suffered a shoulder injury in 2009, a few upper-body injuries in 2010, and a quadriceps injury to finish his season in 2011. The arms and upper body seem to be the issue of interest for the 29-year-old.

Roy's injury will leave him out for the first month of the season. This may not be a problem because of the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between t...

Attracting Free Agents: Is Buffalo a destination?

 

Every fan hopes their team lands an eye-popping free agent that will bring their city a Stanley Cup.

How can a team attract those types of players? Better yet, what makes a team an attractive destination?

Here are a couple of things players may take into consideration.

Location: Is it a hockey city? How much media attention does the team get? Will players be noticed on the street?

In Buffalo, you better believe that the fans know their team.

No, it’s not Detroit, Montreal, New York City, or Toronto, but plenty of people in the area will recognize you. New York State is slowly becoming a hotbed for hockey talent, so Buffalo might be on a few...

Dallas Stars Acquire Derek Roy

In perhaps Joe Nieuwendyk's biggest move since becoming general manager, the Dallas Stars have acquired center Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for super-pest Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.

Roy, 29, is most known for his scoring ability and quickness. He has fallen off the path in the past few seasons by posting career lows in goals and points, but he possesses the tools necessary to post 60-70 points; this is evidenced by his numbers from 2006-10.

Roy has one more year left on his deal at $4 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

After signing Aaron Rome to a deal yesterday, Pardy became an expendable asset. Ott's name...

Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Quick, and the mega deal

With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.

Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.

On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.

Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...

Sabres look to bolster offense during the offseason

With July 1 right around the corner, the Buffalo Sabres might need to look behind their own prospect pool to try and become a legitimate contender during the 2012-2013 season.

The Sabres need offense. The team's goaltending and defense are solid, but only having three players reach the 20-goal plateau doesn't put a team in the playoffs.

With a little more than 11.5 million to spend during this summer the Sabres will be looking for some offense to try and help Ryan Miller and the defense core.

There are a number of free agents available who every team will be drooling over, including Alexander Semin, Oli Jokinen, and P.A Parenteau.

With Zack Parise stat...

Buffalo Sabres trades up, selects Zemgus Gigensons

After coupling the 21st and 42nd picks in a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up to 14, the Sabres selected Zemgus Gigensons in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks has some details on Girgensons.

 

NAME:  Zemgus Girgensons
HOMETOWN:  Riga, Latvia
POSITION:  Center
SHOOTS:  Left
AGE: 18
SIZE:  6'2"
WEIGHT:  198 lbs.
JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Dubuque Fighting Saints / USHL

Girgensons makes an impact on the ice. Very strong skater, fiercely competitive, hard to knock off the puck, with a good shot and a drive for the net.

He is a solid two-way player who shows a lot...

Buffalo Sabres select Mikhail Grigorenko with 12th 2012 NHL Draft selection

 

With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected Mikhail Grigorenko. Here's some background on the Russian centerman from Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks. 

HOMETOWN: Khabarovsk, Russia

POSITION: Center

SHOOTS:  Left

AGE: 18


SIZE: 6'3"


WEIGHT: 200 lbs.


JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Quebec Remparts / QMJHL

Considered one of the top Russian prospects in this year's Draft, Grigorenko has the size and skills to make an impact on the ice. Good skater, passer, and playmaker who has good ice vision and makes plays happen.

Grigorenko is also known for his tw...