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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...

Stars Avoid Arbitration Hearings

Both Mark Fistric and Richard Bachman will not be headed to arbitration hearings, as both players signed one year deals with the Dallas Stars. Bachman signed a one-way deal worth $625,000, meaning his tenure as the backup has been assured. Fistric's deal is worth $1.45 million, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

Both of these deals signify low risk, high reward type contracts. Andrew Raycroft is (thankfully) out of the picture making way for Bachman to step into the backup role. Kari Lehtonen has one year left on his deal until he becomes a UFA, so both Lehtonen and Bachman will expire at the same time.

Fistric's signing locks up a solid group of defen...

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...

Bachman, Fistric File for Arbitration

On Thursday evening, Dallas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman and defenseman Mark Fistric filed for salary arbitration prior to the 5 p.m., deadline on July 5.

This means that if the player and organization are unable to come to an agreement on a new deal, a hearing will occur between the team, the player and a third party salary arbitrator at some point between the dates of July 20 and August 4 to determine a new salary for the 2012-13 season.

Bachman valiantly stepped into the spotlight after Kari Lehtonen fell to an injury halfway through the year. 

In his first season as backup, the 24-year old Salt Lake City native went 8-5-1 in 18 appearances, recorded a ....

Jaromir Jagr signs with Dallas Stars

It must be the 90s in Big D. ESPN's Pierre Lebrun reported that the Dallas Stars have signed forward Jaromir Jagr to a one year deal worth $4.5 million. After an excursion in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, Jagr returned to the Philadelphia Flyers for a year, playing alongside center Claude Giroux and posting a solid comeback season.

The 40-year-old Czech hockey legend is an aging commodity. However, he fit well on the Flyers by playing top-line minutes and power play time. Jagr succumbed to nagging groin injuries, ultimately slowing him down towards season's end.

While his best days are behind him, he still has the same skills he possessed back in his prime, i...

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...

Aaron Rome Signs with Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars beefed up on defense, continuing the big-man philosophy by inking defenseman Aaron Rome to a three year contract worth $4.5 million total. Rome, a physical depth defenseman most notably remembered for his crushing hit on Nathan Horton during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, will likely be stuck on the lower end of the defense crew.

Rome, 28, is best known for his stay-at-home defense style. He spent the last three years with the Vancouver Canucks, totaling just 5 goals and 14 assists over that span. 

"Aaron is a physical defensive defenseman who adds size and grit to our blue line," GM Joe Nieuwendyk said in the Stars' official press release. &qu...

Ray Whitney Signs with Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars lost a pretty critical piece in Mike Ribeiro last week, but they found another magical playmaker in the process to replace him. According to TSN's Aaron Ward, the Stars signed 40-year-old Ray Whitney to a two year deal worth $9 million total.

Whitney played with the Phoenix Coyotes last season, playing a significant role on their run to the Conference Final by scoring 77 points during the regular season and seven points in the playoffs.

Whitney, a left winger drafted in 1991, has been a consistent point producer and a bit of a floater in his NHL career. This will be his eighth stop in the NHL, formerly playing in San Jose, Florida, Columbus, Edmonton, Detr...

Stars Trade Ribeiro

It seems that Mike Ribeiro's time in Big D has come to an end. Yesterday, he was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for skilled center Cody Eakin and a second round pick, in which the Stars took center Mike Winther. Ribeiro had one more year on his contract, paying him a shade over $5 million. 

The 31-year-old will be a UFA next summer.

This turned out to be a safe, but effective move for the Stars. Ribeiro, along with Steve Ott, have been rumored to have new homes by the end of the summer, and the Washington Capitals needed a new playmaking centerman, as players like Michael Nylander just didn't get the job done.

Cody Eakin, the gem of the d...

With the No. 13 Overall Selection Dallas Stars Pick Radek Faksa

With the No. 13 overall selection, the Dallas Stars have delected Radek Faksa.

 

Faksa is a big, strong two-way center that plays for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, who can skate very well for his size.

He’s good off the rush, and while he’s not extremely creative he is capable of producing offensively.

Faksa has an above average shot, is a good passer and is never afraid to get physical. He drives the net hard, goes to the dirty areas of the ice and never takes a shift off. He’s a smart player; he understands his role and what he needs to do to achieve success and will do anything he can to help his team win, making him ...