The Texas Stars rocketed to the top of the Central Division in the 2022-23 season, finishing in first place with a 40-20-9-3 record. Much of their scoring success came at even strength, however, as their power play struggled throughout the season.
The NHL free agent signing period began on Saturday, July 1, and three former St. Cloud State stars have signed contracts for next season. Jack Ahcan, a 26-year-old defenseman from Savage, Minn., signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Despite a relatively quiet Day 1 of NHL Free Agency — the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Ryan Reaves to a three-year deal and John Klingberg to a one-year contract –, there is a buzz around the Toronto Maple Leafs who made more of a statement in free agency than they did a splash.
In a surprising move, the Nashville Predators bought out centre Matt Duchene. Following that buyout, the Dallas Stars pounced on the opportunity and signed the former third-overall pick to a one-year contract with a $3 million AAV.
The Dallas Stars relocated to Texas in 1993 after 26 years as the Minnesota North Stars. Historically, they have been part of the NHL Amateur and Entry Draft since 1967, selecting 475 players thus far.
Nill’s wheeling and dealing was a big reason that, though the Stars eventually ceded the Central Division lead to the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas was near the top of the Western standings all season and entered the Stanley Cup Playoffs as one of the teams to watch.
Dallas Stars forward Evgenii Dadonov and defenseman Jani Hakanpaa are both dealing with knee injuries. General manager Jim Nill announced at his end-of-season press conference Thursday that Dadonov has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and would likely have missed the Stanley Cup Final if the Stars had advanced.
With potential buyouts on the horizon in the NHL, one name out of Dallas has made a few insider lists. Veteran defenseman Ryan Suter might be a casualty of the Stars’ offseason planning, as the blueliner has two more seasons at a cost of $3.65 million per season on his deal.
The Dallas Stars live to play another day. Veteran Joe Pavelski kept the Stars' season alive, scoring 3:18 into overtime to lift the Stars over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.
For the second time since 2020, the Dallas Stars are playing in the Western Conference Final. After knocking out the upstart Seattle Kraken in seven games with a 2-1 win Monday night, Dallas booked a date in the third round with the Vegas Golden Knights.