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Monday Links: Another Chance to Win

One of the main reasons Anton Khudobin elected to re-sign with Dallas was another chance to win the Stanley Cup. Plus, free agency news, free agency news, and more free agency news.

Dallas Stars Sign Radek Faksa to Five-Year, $16.25M Contract Extension

Worth $3.25M annually, Faksa will be under contract through the 2024-25 season.

Dallas Stars Re-sign Anton Khudobin to Three-Year, $10 Million Deal

The backup goaltender — that stole hearts and kept dreams alive in the playoffs — will stay in Dallas.

2020 NHL Free Agency Open Thread

Free agency comes close on the heels of the draft. Who will be re-signed? Who will be traded?

Why Jake Oettinger Might Be the Best Backup Option for Dallas

He may be young, but the Stars’ 2017 first-rounder is more than capable of stepping up to the plate.

The Window of Opportunity and the Mirage of Depth

The Stars utilized their prospects during the Stanley Cup Final. Heading into the 2020-21 season, there are question marks everywhere, but the window is far from closed.

Off-season Goaltender Targets for Dallas

We take a look at some potential replacements for Anton Khudobin should he not re-sign with Dallas.

Will Anton Khudobin Re-sign with Dallas?

The Stars’ backup goaltender was one of the best stories of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, but that has likely priced him out of Dallas.

Dallas Stars Announce Qualifying Offers

The Stars will retain negotiating rights for Radek Faksa, Denis Gurianov, Roope Hitntz, and Joel L’Esperance.

Lessons to Learn From the Stars’ Playoff Run

The Stars were just two wins away from a Stanley Cup. Here are some lessons they need to take to heart if they want to go the distance next year.

The Kids Are Coming

In years past, the Stars approached free agency with an open pocketbook aimed at the game’s top targets. This year could be a different story with a crop of young prospects knocking on the door for a promotion.

Free Agency Primer: Filling the Gaps

Free agency is days away, which means the Stars have to turn around and address the roster gaps. Where can they improve, where are the gaps, and which ones are a priority for the defending Western Conference champions?

Roope Hintz — The X-Factor

Hintz improved greatly during the 2018-19 season and was a huge factor for the team down the stretch and in the playoffs. Just how big was his turnaround and what are the expectations for him this coming season?

Alexander Radulov: The Stars’ Invisible Superstar

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin get the accolades, but Radulov deserves that superstar treatment as well.

Analyzing The Dallas Stars’ Five-Year Outlook

Based on the players currently in the organization, what might the team’s roster look like down the road?

What Gusev Signing With New Jersey Might Mean For Dallas

Does this deal mean that the Devils can officially be named the team that won the off-season? What does it mean for Dallas?

Offer Sheets: Superstars Shouldn’t Be The Only Targets

Trades, buyouts, and waivers are all business decisions. Offer sheets are personal, but they shouldn’t be — and they should be used more.

Free Agency Grades: How the Dallas Stars Stack Up after July 1st

No Zuccarello, no Stralman, and one of the most loathed opponents in Dallas made July 1st a bit of an unexpected update for the Stars. How do they stack up now?

Dallas Deals Strong Hand Heading Into Next Season

Another off-season, another flurry of Dallas Stars deals. GM Jim Nill landed a big fish and several other pieces in a busy day, but do these deals make the Dallas Stars better? Spoiler alert: they do.

Stars Sign Joe Pavelski To Three-Year, $21 Million Contract

The former San Jose captain is taking his talents to Dallas in his pursuit for a Stanley Cup.

Dallas Signs Andrej Sekera To One-Year, $1.5 Million Contract

Sekera will bring decent defensive depth to the Stars — if he can stay healthy.

Dallas Signs Corey Perry To One-Year, $1.5 Million Deal

Coming off of a buyout, the former Anaheim sniper is taking a one-year prove-it deal with Dallas.

Monday Links: Free Agent Frenzy

The Stars are expected to sign Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry today. Plus, other free agency news, and that’s about it.

Faksa May Have Had A Rough 2018-19, But That Shouldn’t Make Him Part Of A Trade

Replacing the young Czech center may not be as easy as you think.

Trade Target: Phil Kessel

Does this case need to be made? Can I just post his name and his point totals over and over again? No? Okay.

Free Agent Roundup: Johansson, Wilson, Dzingel

The Stars find themselves in need of offense as they go into the summer. If the team fails to acquire a top-end talent, keep an eye on Ryan Dzingel, Marcus Johansson, and Collin Wilson.

Polak Signing Shouldn’t Be An Issue for Stars’ Aspirations

Save your pitchforks, Stars fans. Yes, signing Roman Polak is perhaps perplexing, but that doesn’t mean it’s a problem.

Dallas Should Target a Top-Four Defenseman Via Trade, Not UFA

Given the lack of quality defensemen available this free agency, the Stars are better off looking at potential trade options.

Montgomery’s Coaching Philosophy and How The Roster Needs to Fulfill It

As free agency and trade talks start to intensify, how can the Stars better shape their roster to Jim Montgomery’s style?

Sergei Zubov Among 2019 Inductees to Hockey Hall of Fame

It’s about time.

Free Agent Profile: Joe Pavelski

Don’t let his age scare you. Pavelski is arguably the best top-six center in the unrestricted free agent class this year.

Dallas Stars Acquire Ryan Hartman In Exchange For Tyler Pitlick

The Stars announced this afternoon that they have acquired Ryan Hartman via trade from the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stars sent over winger Tyler Pitlick in the deal.