Dallas Stars Player News: All Positions

News: Dickinson signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Stars on Thursday, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With this deal, Dickinson will avoid arbitration after filing just under a week ago. Dickinson recorded six goals and 16 assists across 67 appearances for Dallas last season and is expected to play a significant role in the lineup next season.
News: Heatherington re-signed Tuesday with the Stars on a one-year, two-way contract.
Impact: Dallas will keep Heatherington in the fold and presumably allow him to compete for a third-pairing role in training camp after he logged 11 games at the NHL level between the past two seasons. Should he fail to win a spot on the Stars' opening-night roster, the 24-year-old would likely report to AHL Texas, where he tallied two goals and 22 assists across 73 games in 2018-19.
News: Bayreuther signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Stars on Monday.
Impact: The 25-year-old blueliner earned his first callup to the NHL in 2018-19 and appeared in 19 games for the Stars, logging two goals and three assists. He'll stick around for another year in Dallas and should get the chance to compete for a third-pairing role with the Stars during training camp.
News: Dickinson filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: The Stars extended a qualifying offer of $918,750 to Dickinson on June 25, but the Canadian seemingly wants something more. Dickinson recorded six goals and 16 assists over 67 games last season for Dallas while making appearances on both the top offensive line and the power play unit during the playoffs. Therefore, there's good reason that the Stars would make a deal with the restricted free agent before the arbitration hearing.
News: McNeill inked a contract with Austrian team EHC Linz on Tuesday.
Impact: McNeill hasn't played in an NHL game since 2016-17 when he logged one outing for the Stars. A career AHL player, the 26-year-old will give European hockey a shot in order to extend his professional career. This probably marks the end of the British Columbia native's chances of securing a permanent spot in the NHL.
News: Scarlett signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Stars on Monday.
Impact: Scarlett only appeared in one game with AHL Texas in 2018-19 due to an injury, so he'll likely have some rust to shake off early on during the upcoming campaign. The 26-year-old is purely an organizational depth piece at this stage in his career, and can be ignored in all fantasy settings.
News: Kero penned a two-year, two-way deal with Dallas on Monday.
Impact: Kero spent the entire 2018-19 campaign in the minors with AHL Utica, where he put together a solid season, as he racked up 24 goals and 33 helpers in 67 outings. The 26-year-old should be a factor during training camp, but may have to start the year in the minors awaiting a call-up.
News: Pavelski (lower body) signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Stars on Monday.
Impact: It's unusual to see an NHL team lose its captain in free agency, but that's precisely how it has unfolded for the Sharks, a franchise still looking for a Stanley Cup win after 28 years of existence. Pavelski compiled 761 points (355 goals, 406 assists) through 963 career contests with San Jose. Despite the Stars averaging a mere 2.5 goals per game last season, we don't expect the three-time NHL All-Star to miss a beat in his new digs. After all, the Stars made a deep run in the 2019 playoffs, and Pavs joins forces with offensive stalwart Tyler Seguin on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit.
News: Zuccarello signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Minnesota might regret the back end of this deal -- Zuccarello will be 37 when it ends -- but the team's getting an established top-six forward and strong locker room presence. What Zucc lacks in size -- 5-foot-8, 184 pounds -- he makes up for in both heart and skill, having recorded 40-plus points in each of the past six seasons. The Norwegian's best season to date came in 2015-16, when he contributed 26 goals and 61 points for the Rangers.
News: Perry signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract, plus a $1.75 million performance bonus, with the Stars on Monday.
Impact: Dallas is clearly in win-now mode, having brought in a pair of accomplished veterans in Perry and Joe Pavelski. Injuries have started to take their toll on Perry and limited him to just 10 points in 31 games with Anaheim last season, but a healthier campaign could see the six-time 30-goal scorer share the ice with the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. If Perry has anything left in the tank, this could be the destination that brings out his best hockey.
News: Sekera penned a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Stars on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Sekera was bought out by the Oilers on Sunday, but didn't take long to find a new home. The blueliner -- who appeared in just 24 games last season due to injury -- figures to join a revitalized Stars club that is also expected to add veterans Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry. The 32-year-old may not be able to be a 40-point producer any more, but should still be a factor in the offensive zone, as well as joining one of the two power-play units.
News: Bow signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Stars on Monday.
Impact: The Stars didn't waste any time getting Bow under contract as an insurance option behind Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin. A towering backstop listed at 6-foot-5, Bow is looking to gain more experience at the top level, as he's only made a pair of top-level appearances to date. Certainly, the Canadian is on the right track in his development, but fantasy owners might be put off by the 2.89 GAA and .893 save percentage that Bow carried through 46 games for AHL Texas last year.
News: Perry is expected to join the Stars when free agency begins, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Perry was bought out by the Ducks earlier this month after scoring just 10 points in 31 games last season. The former Hart Memorial winner could be a nice low-risk, high-reward player for the Stars as they look to make a Stanley Cup run.
News: Sekera was placed on unconditional waivers with the purpose of being bought out Sunday.
Impact: The 33-year-old defenseman had an injury-riddled past two years with the Oilers, dealing with a torn ACL and torn Achilles. This past season alone, Sekera only played 24 games, collecting four assists in that span. The Czech-born player was expected to make $5.5 million over the next two seasons, so it was going to be hard for the Oilers to trade him. Sekera will likely get another opportunity elsewhere, but might have to settle for a "prove-it" deal considering his age and injury history.
News: The Stars placed Nichushkin on waivers Saturday with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Buying out Nichushkin would reportedly save the Stars $2.25 million in cap space next season and another $450,000 for 2020-21, so it's not hard to see why the club made the decision. The move, in addition to a few others the Stars have made this offseason, will allow the Stars to pursue another top-six forward to shore up their offensive ranks.
News: Fedun signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Stars on Thursday, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Fedun was a solid depth defender for the Stars this season, picking up 11 points in 54 games while posting a plus-2 rating. The veteran blueliner probably won't draw into Dallas' lineup as frequently in 2019-20, but he could still log 20-to-25 appearances as a rotational piece.
News: Johns (head) took part in an on-ice session at the Stars' development camp Tuesday, NHL.com's Mike Heika reports.
Impact: This is another great indication of the progress Johns has made in his recovery recently, as Tuesday marked the first time he's hit the ice for anything more than a solo skating session in over eight months. The 27-year-old blueliner's status for the start of the 2019-20 campaign is still up in the air, but he's clearly trending in the right direction for a potential return to action.
News: Ritchie wasn't qualified by the Stars on Tuesday, making him a free agent.
Impact: Ritchie saw all of his statistics dramatically drop from 2017-18 to last season, suiting up in just 57 games and collecting six points. He was able to dish out punishment with 126 hits last season, but it was tough to justify keeping a player with his production for $1.75 million. He'll likely have some options on the open market, but won't be a fantasy asset next season barring dramatic improvement.
News: Martenet wasn't issued a qualifying offer from the Stars, making him a free agent July 1.
Impact: The 6-foot-7 defenseman battled with mono back in 2017, and hasn't made it past the ECHL in his career. He faces bleak chances to make an NHL roster to contribute going forward.
News: Desrosiers didn't earn a qualifying offer from Dallas, making him a free agent.
Impact: This news isn't surprising, considering the team issued a qualifying offer to fellow goaltender Landon Bow on Tuesday. Desrosiers hasn't made his NHL debut yet in his career, and was stuck in the ECHL last season, going 2-3-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .911 save percentage with Idaho.
News: Honka was given a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: Honka wasn't much of a factor at the NHL level last season, suiting up in 29 games and collecting four helpers. He didn't appear in game action for the Stars going all the way back to Jan 15, so he'll likely have to stick in out in the minors to begin 2019-20.
News: Heatherington received a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: The 25-year-old played just five games in the regular season at the NHL level, but was able to make his postseason debut for Game 5 against St. Louis. He likely won't be a fantasy contributor next season, as evidenced by his two career assists in 11 NHL games.
News: Hansson was given a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: Hansson has spent his time in the Swedish Hockey League since signing an entry-level deal with the Stars in 2016. His offer worth $745,500 could be a sign that he's ready to make the jump to North America for the 2019-20 season.
News: Dickinson earned a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: Dickinson's offer is only set to be worth $918,750 for a two-way deal, so it's likely the Stars wanted to retain his services while trying to negotiate a long-term deal. In 67 games last season, Dickinson put up six goals and 22 points with the Stars. He saw action on both the top line and the power play in the playoffs, so there's no reason to believe he won't have a solidified role in the lineup next season.
News: Bow was issued a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: Bow was solid in is two appearances at the NHL level while starter Ben Bishop dealt with injury, going without a decision, but only allowed one goal on 19 shots faced. The netminder will receive an offer of $708,750 to stay with the Stars next season, and could get called up at some point in the season with an aging Anton Khudobin and the aforementioned injury-prone Bishop on the roster ahead of him.
News: Bayreuther was given a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: The blueliner averaged 18:11 of ice time in his 19 NHL games in 2018-19, while tallying two goals, three helpers and 25 shots. Bayreuther could be in the mix for the last defenseman spot on the roster next season, especially with an aging bottom-pair on the back end in Ben Lovejoy and Jamie Oleksiak (lower body). Bayreuther will get a two-way deal, worth $832,500 at both levels next season.
News: The Stars will not extend a qualifying offer to Hartman ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: This news comes as a bit of a head-scratcher, as the Stars just traded Tyler Pitlick to Philadelphia in exchange for Hartman on Monday, but they evidently weren't comfortable with the fact that he would have arbitration rights that would allow him to argue for a higher salary had they sent him a qualifying offer. Dallas will, however, pursue Hartman as an unrestricted free agent, so there's still a chance that he ends up with the Stars in 2019-20.
News: Hartman was traded to Dallas in exchange for Tyler Pitlick on Monday.
Impact: As a pending restricted free agent, the Stars are technically just acquiring the rights to Hartman. The 24-year-old winger scored 12 goals and 26 points in 83 games between Nashville and Philadelphia last season; he was a key piece that sent Wayne Simmonds to the Predators at the trade deadline this past season.
News: Harley was drafted 18th overall by the Stars at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Harley is an impressive two-way defender. He took on more and more responsibility for the OHL Mississauga Steelheads this season, ending up as their number one guy and playing close to 30 minutes a night. That's impressive for a 17-year-old. Harley's package of size, skill, speed and smarts on the back end make him a perfect fit for today's NHL. He's already 6-foot-3 and his poise reminds some of Alex Pietrangelo. But Harley needs time to grow and become pro-ready. He's a guy you need to leave out there until he ripens a bit more. But his upside could be among the best of this draft class if his development curve continues its torrid pace.
News: According to general manager Jim Nill, Johns is trending in the right direction in his recovery from post-traumatic headaches, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johns missed the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign due to post-traumatic headaches. However, he's been making notable progress in his recovery of late, and appears to be trending in the right direction for a potential return to action in 2019-20. When asked about Johns' status, Nill told Shapiro "He's been skating, and he looks like the old Stephen Johns. I think we are trending in a positive mode. For him, that's a great sign. He feels much better, he looks like himself and sounds like himself, and right now we are pretty positive with where he is heading." There's still a lot of uncertainty surrounding Johns' status heading into next season, but it's nonetheless encouraging to see him back on the ice and feeling like himself. Another update on the 27-year-old blueliner's progress should be made available once Dallas' training camp gets underway in September.
News: Janmark (foot) signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract extension with the Stars on Thursday.
Impact: Janmark was once again a solid bottom-six contributor for Dallas this year, notching six goals and 25 points in 81 games while averaging 15:13 of ice time per contest. The 26-year-old Swede played with a broken foot during the Stars' postseason run, but he should be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp. Janmark will return as an important piece up front for Dallas in 2019-20, particularly as a penalty killer, but his lack of offensive upside will keep him off the radar in most fantasy formats.
News: Polak inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract extension with Dallas on Thursday.
Impact: Polak averaged 19:10 of ice time in his first season with the Stars, his most minutes since 2015-16 when he was with Toronto. In 77 appearances, the blueliner notched one goal, eight helpers and 77 shots. Given his offensive limitations, the 32-year-old won't offer much in terms of fantasy value outside of ancillary defensive stats (hits and blocks).
News: Kiviranta penned a two-year, entry-level contract with Dallas on Friday.
Impact: Kiviranta put together a solid 2018-19 campaign with Finnish club Sport, in which he scored 16 goals and 15 assists in 48 outings. The winger joined Finland at the 2019 World Championship, putting up three points in nine tournament appearances on his way to a gold medal. The 23-year-old will likely have a chance at securing a spot on the 23-man roster in training camp, but could find himself in the minors periodically this year.
News: Robertson has been named a 2018-19 OHL First Team All-Star.
Impact: Leading the league in scoring (117 points in 62 games) will often lead to such an honor. Robertson began the year in Kingston before being shipped to Niagara in November. He was equally productive with each club. Originally a second-round selection (39th overall) of Dallas in 2017, Robertson's pro future is in question due to a lack of foot speed. Still, it's difficult to look at the offensive production and not get excited about Robertson's abilities. His transition to professional hockey this coming fall will be fascinating to watch.
News: Spezza wants to keep playing next season, but it won't be with the Stars, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Spezza failed to reach the 30-point mark for a second straight season, a far cry from the 90-point campaigns he put up earlier in his career while playing for Ottawa. At this point, the 35-year-old center will likely have to settle for a bottom-six, power-play specialist role, but the value he'll offer as a veteran leader is undeniable. For fantasy owners, the Toronto native's ceiling likely falls within the 30-35 point range, though that will obviously depend on the quality of players surrounding him.
News: Lindell signed a six-year, $34.8 million contract extension with the Stars on Thursday.
Impact: Lindell enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (11) and assists (21) in 82 games while averaging a whopping 24:20 of ice time per contest. The 24-year-old Finn should only continue to improve offensively in 2019-20, but the emergence of Miro Heiskanen and the presence of John Klingberg on the Stars' blue line will cap his upside as a scorer. Lindell will be a solid secondary option in most formats next year, but he shouldn't be viewed as a No.1 defenseman during fantasy drafts.
News: Faksa will join Team Czech Republic in Slovakia for the IIHF World Championship, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Faksa logged another solid campaign in 2018-19, notching 15 goals and 30 points while skating in a middle-six role for the Stars. The 25-year-old pivot will continue to be an important piece up front for Dallas in 2019-20, but he simply doesn't have enough offensive upside to be considered a desirable option in most fantasy formats.
News: Klingberg will play for Team Sweden at the IIHF World Championship, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Klingberg's NHL campaign ended on a sour note when the Stars were eliminated by the Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday, but he'll now get the opportunity to help his native Sweden compete for gold at the World Championship. The 26-year-old blueliner's fantasy value declined a bit in 2018-19 due to the emergence of Miro Heiskanen, but he'll remain a solid secondary option in most formats next season.
News: Hanley wasn't available for Tuesday's Game 7 loss to the Blues due to a shoulder injury, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hanley is expected to be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp, so this injury shouldn't affect his availability for the start of the 2019-20 campaign. Either way, the 27-year-old blueliner has only appeared in 38 NHL contests over the past four years, and he'll continue to be used sparingly by the big club going forward, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: Johns (head) ended the 2018-19 campaign on injured reserve.
Impact: Johns missed the entirety of the season due to a head injury, and at this point his career seems to be in serious jeopardy. An update on the 27-year-old blueliner's condition should be made available once training camp gets underway in September, but at this point it looks like Johns may never suit up for the Stars, or any NHL club, again.
News: Janmark broke his foot in March and played through the injury for the rest of the campaign.
Impact: This news sheds some light on why Janmark was unexpectedly scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's Game 7 loss to the Blues after notching three points in his previous four appearances. The 26-year-old Swede should be back to 100 percent in time for next year's training camp, but he won't garner much interest from fantasy owners as a middle-six forward without much offensive upside.
News: Hintz played with a fractured foot during Tuesday's 2-1 Game 7 loss to the Blues, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: If Hintz's injury affected his performance in Game 7, you wouldn't know it by looking at the scoresheet, as the 22-year-old rookie logged a whopping 23:35 of ice time while blocking three shots during the double-overtime affair. The Finnish forward will have plenty of time to recover ahead of next campaign's training camp, and should be viewed as a desirable bench option in deeper fantasy leagues as a player poised to make a big leap during what will be his first full NHL season.
News: Oleksiak (lower body) was unable to rejoin the lineup prior to the Stars being eliminated from the playoffs.
Impact: Oleksiak's lower-body injury isn't anything that should hinder his offseason program, so he should be fully healthy well ahead of next campaign's training camp. Either way, his health is likely of little concern to fantasy owners, as he's only totaled 29 points in 125 games over the past two seasons.
News: Zuccarello scored an unassisted goal during Tuesday's 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Blues in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals.
Impact: His fourth tally of the playoffs late in the first period tied the score at 1-1, after which the goaltending battle was on. Zucc wraps up his first, and likely only, postseason in Dallas with 11 points in 13 games, and the unrestricted free agent could only have improved his market value with the performance.
News: Bishop stopped 52 of 54 shots during Tuesday's 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Blues in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals.
Impact: He was by far the busier netminder on the night -- Jordan Binnington only had to make 29 saves to get the win -- and he had little chance on the winning goal, as Robert Thomas' shot from the circle hit the post and caromed off Bishop's back before falling into the crease behind him, where Pat Maroon knocked it home before he could turn around. Bishop finishes the playoffs with a 2.22 GAA and .933 save percentage through 13 games, numbers comparable to his impressive return to form in the regular season.
News: Ritchie will be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 7 showdown with the Blues, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: This news is somewhat shocking, considering Ritchie hasn't suited up in a single game during the playoffs thus far. It's likely that Head coach Jim Montgomery prefers the 6-foot-4 physical presence of Ritchie for a tight-checking game. Ritchie will look to use his big body to dish out punishment, as evidenced by his 126 hits this season. He will be replacing Mattias Janmark in the lineup.
News: Janmark (coach's decision) will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's Game 7 against St. Louis, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Janmark will be a scratch, after producing three points in his last four games. There was no word on an injury before the game, but there will likely be more information from the team following Game 7. In his stead, Brett Richie will suit up in his first postseason game of 2019.
News: Hanley (upper body) isn't expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 7 against St. Louis, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Stars head coach Jim Montgomery is expected to use the same lineup for Game 7 that he deployed for Game 6, which means Hanley will remain sidelined for a third consecutive contest. If Dallas is able to pull off the upset on the road Tuesday, the 27-year-old blueliner may get an opportunity to slot back into the lineup at some point during the Western Conference finals.
News: Hintz (foot) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 7 against the Blues.
Impact: Hintz was spotted wearing a walking boot Monday and wasn't on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate, but that evidently won't prevent him from suiting up for the evening's must-win contest. The 22-year-old Finn, who's notched three goals and five points through the first six games of the series, will slot into a top-six role for Game 7 against St. Louis.
News: Hintz was wearing a walking boot Monday, raising doubts about his availability for Game 7 on Tuesday, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Jim Montgomery didn't mention any concerns in his press conference Monday, but the team is taking Joel L'Esperance on the road in case Hintz is unable to play. The 21-year-old Hintz tallied three goals, two assists and 10 shots through the first six games and has been thriving in a top-six role.
News: Hanley (upper body) hasn't been ruled out versus the Blues on Tuesday, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Hanley will travel with the team -- unlike teammate Jamie Oleksiak (lower body) -- and could be an option on the blue line. Even if fully fit, coach Jim Montgomery could decide to hold Hanley in reserve in favor of Taylor Fedun. At this point, the 27-year-old Hanley should be considered a game-time decision leading up to Game 7.
News: Oleksiak (lower body) won't make the trip to St. Louis for Tuesday's Game 7, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Oleksiak will miss his seventh straight outing and the entirety of the club's second-round series against the Blues. Even when healthy, the towering blueliner was facing the potential of serving as a healthy scratch in favor of Taylor Fedun. Since rejoining Dallas via trade from Pittsburgh, the 25-year-old averaged a meager 12:34 of ice time in 25 outings and won't offer much in terms of fantasy value if he does slot back into the lineup at any point.
News: Bishop will tend the twine for Tuesday's Game 7 road matchup with St. Louis, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After Bishop took a puck to the collarbone in Game 6 on Sunday, and was subsequently pulled from the game, there was some concern he wouldn't be available for Game 7. Coach Jim Montgomery shut down any speculation by naming his starter early, going back to Bishop who is sporting a solid .929 save percentage in the postseason.
News: Seguin scored on the power play but Dallas came out on the wrong side of things, losing 4-1 to St. Louis in Game 6 on Sunday.
Impact: Seguin's power-play marker knotted things at 1-1 midway through the opening period, but that would be it for the hosts in this one, as the Blues would score three more times before the game's final buzzer. The 4-1 victory means this series will go seven games, with the deciding matchup going down Tuesday, back in St. Louis.
News: Khudobin played just over 11 minutes Sunday, making five saves on as many shots, in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis.
Impact: Ben Bishop started the game but left at the midway point of the final period, paving the way for Khudobin's rare postseason relief appearance. The Stars backup netminder was perfect tending twine, but it was too little too late, as the Blues had already put four by Bishop to seal the win and force a deciding Game 7. All signs point to Bishop returning to the net for the winner-take-all matchup, set to go down Tuesday.
News: Bishop was pulled during the third period of Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blues, but head coach Jim Montgomery says he is "fine," Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Things got messy for Bishop in the third period. He got run over by Pat Maroon but slowly got back up. Then, just moments later, he took a laser shot from Colton Parayko near the collarbone, leaving him in obvious pain on the ice. While he was down, St. Louis capitalized by extending the lead to 3-1 with a Jaden Schwartz goal. Bishop would stay in the game and let up his fourth goal just over 30 seconds later, prompting Anton Khudobin to replace him. The 32-year-old ended his day with four goals allowed on 20 shots. For now, it seems that he should be healthy for Game 7 on Tuesday, but an update on his status should be available in the coming days.
News: Oleksiak (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Sunday's Game 6 against the visiting Blues, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Oleksiak hasn't suited up a game in this series, so his absence for this game isn't shocking. In his stead, the team will deploy Taylor Fedun on the third defensive pair opposite Ben Lovejoy.
News: Bishop will patrol the home crease for Sunday's Game 6 against the Blues, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Bishop has been solid in the series thus far, going 3-2-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .923 save percentage in five starts. He seems to have shaken off the blocker-side struggles that plagued him in Game 3 of this series specifically. The 32-year-old has performed much better at home than on the road in his career, as evidenced by his .924 save percentage and 2.18 GAA at home compared to a .916 save percentage and 2.45 GAA on the road.
News: Hanley (upper body) will not suit up in Sunday's Game 6 against the visiting Blues, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Hanley has suited up in just one of eight possible playoff games, so this news doesn't come as a surprise. It's unclear when the 27-year-old would be ready for game action, but it doesn't seem like the team is in a hurry to rush him back into the lineup. Head coach Jim Montgomery said either Taylor Fedun (undisclosed), Dillon Heatherington or Gavin Bayreuther would take the last defenseman spot for Sunday's clash.
News: Janmark registered an assist and three shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Janmark is on a three-game point streak, with a goal and two helpers over that span, which accounts for all of his scoring in the playoffs. He was scratched in Game 4 and occupies a fourth-line role, which limits his fantasy value.
News: Klingberg picked up an assist while firing two shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Klingberg has three points in five contests against the Blues in the second round. The Swedish defender has a pair of goals and nine assists in 11 postseason games this year.
News: Radulov notched an assist and fired four shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Radulov has a goal and three assists over a three-game point streak. He's provided five goals and five helpers in 11 postseason games. The Russian winger continues to be a good fantasy play in the playoffs.
News: Seguin posted an assist and two shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Seguin is on a three-game point streak, during which he's managed a goal and three helpers. The 27-year-old pivot has notched 10 points in 11 postseason contests this year as one of the Stars' best options on offense.
News: Lindell scored a goal and added five blocked shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Lindell has posted a goal and three helpers in 11 postseason contests, while adding 25 hits and 29 blocked shots. Lindell had a career-high 32 points in 82 regular-season outings, but hasn't been a consistent point producer in the playoffs.
News: Spezza scored a goal on his only shot in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Spezza is riding a three-game point streak, with two goals and an assist. He has five points through nine postseason appearances this year, with three of them coming on the man advantage. He's been selective with shooting, putting only 16 shots on goal in the playoffs, but he's making the most of his chances.
News: Bishop stopped 38 of 39 shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Bishop was locked in from the start in this contest, only allowing one goal to Jaden Schwartz in the third period after a misplay by the usually steady netminder. Thanks to Bishop's big game, the Stars have a 3-2 series lead and home-ice advantage for Game 6 on Sunday, which he will almost certainly start.
News: Heatherington will slot into the lineup for Friday's Game 5 matchup against the Blues, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Friday will mark Heatherington's first action in an NHL playoff game, as he'll slot into the third line in place of the injured Joel Hanley (upper body). The Alberta native has spent most of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, but has logged one assist, a plus-4 rating and six hits over five games with the big club while averaging 10:11 of ice time.
News: Bishop will start between the pipes for Friday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues in St. Louis, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Bishop is currently 2-2-0 in this series, having allowed 11 goals in the first four games while posting a 2.78 GAA and .906 save percentage. With the series tied up, Game 5 will represent a huge opportunity for the Colorado native and his squad to tip the scales back in their favor after trailing the Blues in the series 2-1 following Game 3. Bishop is coming fresh off a Game 4 win, in which he made 27 of 29 possible saves.
News: Oleksiak (lower body) didn't travel with the team to St. Louis, thus ruling him out for Friday's Game 5, Matthew DeFranks of Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Dallas' defensive depth will be stretched even thinner with Joel Hanley (lower body) also failing to make the trip. Oleksiak, who hasn't suited up since April 22, will hope to make it back to the lineup for Sunday's Game 6 back in Dallas.
News: Hanley won't suit up for Friday's Game 5 against the Blues and is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hanley and Jamie Oleksiak (lower body) were both absent from Friday's morning skate, likely paving the way for Taylor Fedun to enter the lineup on the blue line. According to Shapiro, Stars coach Jim Montgomery wouldn't rule out the possibility of deploying Dillon Heatherington or Gavin Bayreuther in that sixth defense spot over Fedun. Hanley's injury comes at an unfortunate time after Oleksiak's lower-body issue paved the way for the 27-year-old defenseman to make his postseason debut in Wednesday's Game 4.
News: Radulov posted two assists, one on the power play, as well as three shots and three hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Radulov has five goals and four helpers over 10 playoff appearances, taking 42 shots in that span. Radulov spent Wednesday's contest on the second line with Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz, as coach Jim Montgomery shuffled the lines to help the Stars tie the series at two games apiece.
News: Zuccarello notched a pair of helpers in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Zuccarello has six assists in four games in the second round. He skated with Tyler Seguin and Jason Dickinson on the top line Wednesday night. Zuccarello had 40 points in 48 regular-season games, but his production in the playoffs has shown why the Stars were keen to acquire him from the Rangers at the trade deadline.
News: Seguin produced two assists and three shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Seguin has managed three goals and six assists in 10 games in the playoffs, including three points over four games against the Blues. He has 12 shots in the second round. It's surprising that Seguin has managed just one point on the man advantage in the playoffs, but he's been otherwise great as usual.
News: Klingberg scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Klingberg has earned two goals and six assists in 10 playoff appearances, while adding 12 blocked shots and 19 shots on goal. Klingberg only has two assists on the power play so far, but he is always a threat to generate offense when he's on the ice.
News: Spezza scored a power-play goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Spezza has seen his ice time decrease in the playoffs to 11:01 per game entering the night, and he has been under nine minutes in the last three contests. However, his production has increased with two goals and a helper in four games against the Blues. While he occupies a fourth-line role, the veteran does spend a disproportionate amount of time on the man advantage, which could give him some fantasy appeal.
News: Hintz scored a goal and delivered three hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Hintz has five goals and three assists in 10 postseason appearances. He's managed 13 hits and 22 shots on goal in that span. Five of his points have come in four games against the Blues.
News: Dickinson scored a goal on five shots and added two hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: He's earned five points in 10 postseason games, and his play has been strong enough to earn him a spot on the top line with Tyler Seguin and Mats Zuccarello. Dickinson could be worth a look in DFS formats as long as he's occupying a top-six role.
News: Bishop stopped 27 of 29 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Bishop got enough support from the team around him to make sure the Stars leave home with the series tied at two games apiece. He's allowed 11 goals in four games in the series, and will look to give the Stars a lead in Friday's Game 5.
News: Janmark (coach's decision) will be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's Game 4 against the visiting Blues, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: This news is certainly surprising, given the fact that Janmark is currently on a two-game point streak. He wrestled with a lower-body injury earlier in the playoffs, but no injury was cited for his pending Game 4 absence. In his stead, Tyler Pitlick will get the call on the fourth line.
News: Bishop will guard the cage at home for Wednesday's Game 4 matchup with St. Louis, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bishop has underwhelmed through the first three games of the second round, as he is sporting a 3.04 GAA and .898 save percentage, a far cry from his first-round numbers, 1.90 and .945 respectively. Dallas is allowing 34 shots per game, worst of the eight remaining teams, and will need to help Bishop out by limiting opportunities if the club is going to advance to the Western Conference finals.
News: Oleksiak (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against St. Louis, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Oleksiak will miss a fourth consecutive contest, and there's still no clear-cut timetable for his return to game action. The 26-year-old blueliner is, however, still considered day-to-day with his lower-body injury, which suggests there's a chance he could be ready to rejoin the lineup as soon as Friday for Game 5.
News: Cogliano scored his second goal of the playoffs during Monday's 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: The goal came shorthanded as Roman Polak sat in the box with a high-sticking infraction. Cogliano has two points -- both goals -- through nine games this postseason.
News: Radulov scored his fifth of the playoffs during Game 3's 4-3 loss to the Blues on Monday.
Impact: He now leads the Stars in goal scoring for the playoffs, with two of the tallies coming on the man advantage. Radulov has always done well in the playoffs going back to his first season with Nashville in 2006-07. Through 33 postseason games the 32-year-old has collected 28 points.
News: Seguin scored his team's third of the game in an eventual 4-3 loss against the Blues during Monday's Game 3.
Impact: After a point-per-game first-round series against Nashville, Seguin collected his first point in three games against the Blues. The tally tied it up momentarily before Patrick Maroon scored for the Blues with less than two minutes left. Seguin now has seven points through nine playoff games.
News: Heiskanen picked up an assist during Monday's 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: That gives Heiskanen points in back-to-back games after scoring a goal in Game 2. The rookie defenseman had a great regular season, but was not awarded with a Calder nomination. His success in the playoffs -- four points in nine games while averaging 25:46 in ice time -- has certainly made some question that decision.
News: Bishop stopped 30 of 34 shots during Monday's 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 3 of their Western Conference second-round series.
Impact: The netminder wasn't especially sharp, getting beaten 87 seconds into the game and then allowing the game-winner with 98 seconds left in the third period. Bishop will take a 2.26 GAA and .931 save percentage through nine postseason starts into Wednesday's Game 4, with Dallas looking to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole.
News: Oleksiak (lower body) will remain out of the lineup against St. Louis on Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Oleksiak will miss his third straight game due to his lower-body issue. The blueliner registered just one helper in 21 regular-season contests for the Stars and won't offer much in terms of offensive production. Even once cleared to play, the club could opt to continue utilizing Taylor Fedun on the third pairing.
News: Bishop will tend the cage for Monday's Game 3 against the visiting Blues, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bishop is coming off a solid performance in Game 2, stopping 32 of 34 shots en route to the victory. In his past five games, the 32-year-old is 4-1-0 along with a 1.90 GAA and .941 save percentage. Bishop and the Stars will hope to feed off the home crowd, as they racked up a 24-14-3 record on home ice this campaign. The Blue are no road slouch, however, racking up a 21-13-7 record away from home.
News: Djuse signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Stars on Monday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Djuse signs from the Swedish Hockey League, where he's lauded for his offensive ability. Already 25 years old, the Swede has racked up 85 points in 251 career SHL games. Scouts have described Djuse as an offensive-minded defensman with terrific hockey sense, but he needs to work on his game on the defensive side of the puck. He will likely challenge for a roster spot in 2019-20 this offseason.
News: Hintz scored two goals and added an assist with three shots on net, one block and two PIM in a 4-2 victory against the Blues during Game 2 of the second round Saturday.
Impact: The 22-year-old scored the first goal of the game and assisted the next one. He also added an empty-netter for good measure. This outburst couldn't have come at a better time for his team. Behind Hintz's performance, the Stars tied the second-round series as it heads back to Dallas for Game 3. Hintz has four goals and seven points in eight postseason games.
News: Bishop allowed two goals on 34 shots in a 4-2 victory against the Blues in Game 2 of the second round on Saturday.
Impact: Most of the scoring in this one took place in the first period. Bishop stopped 23 of 24 shots in the final two stanzas. The goal he yielded early in the third period made things interesting, but the Stars iced the game with an empty-netter late. Bishop is 5-3 with a 2.05 GAA and .938 save percentage this postseason.
News: Bishop will guard the cage in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blues in St. Louis, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Bishop wasn't great in Game 1, surrendering three goals on 20 shots en route to a 3-2 loss. The American netminder will look to shake off that uncharacteristically poor performance and help his team return to Dallas for Game 3 with the series tied at one game apiece if he picks up his fifth win of this postseason Saturday.
News: Oleksiak (lower body) won't be available for Saturday's Game 2 against the Blues, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Oleksiak is still considered day-to-day with his lower-body injury, which suggests he could be ready to return as soon as Monday for Game 3. Once healthy, the 6-foot-7 Canadian will slot into a bottom-pairing role for the Stars.
News: Hintz earned a power-play helper in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Impact: Hintz has two goals and two helpers in seven postseason games in his rookie year. He's added 17 shots on goal and nine hits. His position as the second-line center is bound to produce at least some offense for the 22-year-old Finn, who hasn't looked out of place in the playoffs so far.
News: Zuccarello picked up an assist in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Impact: It's his first assist to go with three goals in seven postseason games so far for the Norwegian winger. Zuccarello has added 12 shots on goal. He'll likely contribute a little depth scoring during the Stars' playoff run, but it may not be enough to warrant fantasy attention.
News: Klingberg registered an assist and four blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Impact: The Swedish blueliner, who sealed the Stars' first-round series win with an overtime goal in Game 6 against the Predators, was right back on the scoresheet to start the new series. The helper gives Klingberg seven assists to go with his one goal in seven playoff games.
News: Benn scored a power-play goal and added three hits in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Impact: Benn has two goals and five helpers in seven postseason contests. He's also managed 17 hits and 23 shots on goal in that span. Benn is expected to carry the offense for the Stars, and so far, his line with Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov has done well to meet that objective.
News: Spezza scored a goal on three shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
Impact: Spezza's last goal came on Feb. 24, a span of 20 games during which the veteran managed only three helpers. He was scratched six times between his goals. Spezza has accumulated 67 points (23 goals, 44 helpers) over 74 postseason appearances in his career, but with his current fourth-line deployment, he's not expected to contribute to the offense frequently.
News: Bishop gave up three goals on 20 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of their second-round series.
Impact: Bishop was unable to meet the challenge in this game, although getting bested twice by Vladimir Tarasenko is a forgivable offense. The hulking netminder has a 2.05 GAA and a .937 save percentage in seven playoff appearances, and he'll likely continue to see all of the starts as long as he's healthy.
News: Bishop will get the starting nod for Thursday's Game 1 clash with the Blues on the road, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Bishop recorded a phenomenal 1.90 GAA and .945 save percentage in the first round versus the Predators and will look to carry that momentum into the second-round matchup with St. Louis. Injuries limited the netminder to just 46 appearances in the regular season and saw him miss the 30-win mark by just three victories.