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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 ...

Post Mortem & Predictions

For the fourth year in a row, there will be no playoffs in Big D. This was a huge year for the Stars to capitalize on the momentum of new ownership and increasing attendance due to lower ticket prices and a better product on the ice that included the emergence of a few big time players. Unfortunately, their opponents and their own demons killed them in the end.

A few problems contributed to the Stars' flat 3-7-0 stretch run which included a five game losing streak. The worst part is that those problems fell in the same time of year that killed the Stars the year prior against Minnesota. Here I thought the team was ready to overcome the obstacl...

Stars fall short once again

It is a pretty frustrating time to be a Dallas Stars fan at the moment. A few weeks ago, things were looking bright as the Stars sat on top of the Pacific division for a while and a playoff spot looked highly likely. However, they finished the 2011/12 season with 5 losses, resulting in no playoff hockey for 3 straight seasons.

I can’t help but feel that it is time for a bit of change in Dallas. Brenden Morrow has done great things for the franchise, but this season has showed why his NHL career is coming to an end. He has picking up more and more injuries and has lost the great physical edge that he brought to the Stars' game for many years. Morrow still holds a decent val...

Stormy Outlook

For the second year in a row, the Dallas Stars simply weren't good enough in the most critical games in the season. Last season, the Stars fell in a must-win game to the lost cause Minnesota Wild in the last game of the season for the rights to the playoffs in the 8th seed. This season, the Stars dropped a beyond critical home-and-home with the San Jose Sharks.

The Stars now stand 3 points behind the Sharks for the 8th seed with two games to go. It would take a complete collapse by them against the Los Angeles Kings, and the Stars defeating Western powerhouses Nashville (away) and St. Louis (home) to be invited to the postseason dance.

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