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The Blue will take on the Dallas Stars at Scottrade Center tonight, and are providing a radio broadcast of the game. Puck drop is at 7 PM CST and we'll have a gameday thread. Stop in and listen to some hockey with us, won't you?
The Texas Stars will open their 8th season at the newly-renamed H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday, October 14th versus the Charlotte Checkers.
The Dallas Stars shored up their minor-league goaltending on Thursday afternoon by re-signing prospect Maxime Lagace to a one-year contract extension.
Lagace was a restricted free agent who was qualified by the team on Monday along with Matej Stransky, Valeri Nichushkin and Jamie Oleksiak.He had an NHL salary of $575,000, which means his NHL qualifying offer would have been $632,500.
Terms of the contract were not announced (though they should be available on General Fanager and the like shortly), but with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi written in ink in Dallas, it seems highly likely this is a two-way deal.
An undrafted free agent who has been in the Dallas system since 2012, Lagace posted a 19-10-3 record for the AHL's Texas Stars in the regular season last year with a 0.913 save percentage and 2.90 goals against average. At one point over the winter, he won 11 consecutive starts.
The Dallas Stars prospects are headed to Frisco again this summer and will be in town in just about a week for the annual development camp at the Dr Pepper StarCenter.
Highlights on the roster include this year's first-round selection Riley Tufte, local player Jeff Baum, and the return of Devin Shore, who played briefly in the NHL last year but had his season cut short by a shoulder injury. Philippe Desrosiers will be interesting to watch from a goalie perspective as well.
It also appears the Stars are continuing their affiliation with the South Korean national team and development program, as Sang Hoon Shin and Yeong Jun Seo are making their way across the Pacific for the camp.
The camp will take place in Frisco and will be one of the last major on-ice activities before the long summer break. Alternatively, it marks the first event of the new season, just with a long layoff between this and when the current NHL roster returns to Dallas.
In his third season with the Dallas Stars, coach Lindy Ruff received one first-place vote and finished third in the Jack Adams Award voting for NHL coach of the year. He finished with 75 points, well behind winner Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals.
Florida's Gerard Gallant, who led a team no one thought much of in the fall to a playoff berth and apparent resurgence, was second with 20 first-place votes to Trotz's 58. Bruce Boudreau, recently fired by Anaheim and hired by Minnesota, finished fourth.
Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg crept up the Norris Trophy voting list this season, finishing sixth with a pair of second place votes. He trailed fifth place Roman Josi on the list by only ending up on 31 ballots as opposed to Josi's 56.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was the runaway winner with 1254 votes and 93 first place ballots, cruising away from second-place Erik Karlsson and third-place Brent Burns.
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill finished third in the race for NHL General Manager of the Year while Jim Rutherford easily took home the title at the NHL Awards on Wednesday evening.
Nill finished with one more first place vote than the Washington Capitals Brian MacLellan but four fewer second place votes, leaving him one short of second place at 55 points overall. Bill was three first place votes but 35 points overall behind Rutherford, who had 12 second place votes to Nill's three.
Florida's Dale Tallon also received seven first-place votes but finished just out of the finalists.