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Recent articles by Mike:

Heika's Take: Stars find a way to earn another nail-biting win

DALLAS -- Friday's home opener was a lot like the Stars' season so far. Lots of chaos and grumbling and frustration followed by the right play at the right time for a timely victory. → Read More

Across the pond: Diehard Stars fan from UK sees her team up close

Kara Noblett traveled from Cardiff, Wales to Boston and Pittsburgh last week to watch her favorite team in action for the first time. → Read More

Heika's Take: Stars take baby steps despite loss to Ottawa

KANATA, Ontario -- Three games into the 2021-22 NHL season, the Stars are swerving all over the road. They've had great periods, horrible periods, and a couple that were kind of good. The result is a 1-2-0 start after a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre. → Read More

Heika's Take: Skirmishes, fights, goals and a win for Stars in El Paso

Stumbling through a scrambly preseason and looking for some cohesion, Dallas on Sunday earned a 6-3 win over new Central Division rival Arizona while scoring some huge goals and getting in a few skirmishes. → Read More

Heika's Take: Radek Faksa doesn't miss a beat in preseason debut

The Stars weren't close to 100 percent healthy last season, and Radek Faksa is a great example. → Read More

Heika's Take: Rough third period serves as learning lesson for Stars

DALLAS -- Results, for the most part, aren't a big deal in preseason. Learning, however, really is. So, when the Stars blew a third period lead Wednesday and lost in a 4-3 shootout to the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center, there was a little sting from last season. → Read More

Man advantage: Radulov, Seguin give Stars weapons on power play

With Alexander Radulov back from a core injury and Tyler Seguin healthy after hip surgery, there's the belief that the Stars' power play might be one of the most dangerous in the NHL. → Read More

Heika's Take: Holtby's strong outing against Blues is a promising start

The resurrection of Braden Holtby's game will be a process, but as far as first steps go, Monday's exhibition performance in St. Louis was a good one. → Read More

'We're built to win and win right now': New level of belief emerges

Jamie Benn is patiently energetic. Tyler Seguin is downright bubbly. Alexander Radulov is all over the place. It's a sign that the Stars are very optimistic about the 2021-22 NHL season. → Read More

As camp unfolds, a new pairing emerges: John Klingberg and Ryan Suter

FRISCO, Texas -- Chemistry in hockey is a tricky thing. It's one of the most important details in bringing a team's performance on ice together, but it's also one of the most difficult assets to locate. → Read More

'We won't be giving anyone jobs this year': Players to earn their spots

FRISCO, Texas -- One statement from Rick Bowness at the beginning of training camp explained a great deal about how the Stars ran their offseason and how they'll be preparing for the season opener Oct. 14. → Read More

'That's the goal': Ben Bishop sets his sights on returning this season

FRISCO, Texas -- Ben Bishop plans on playing at some point this season for the Dallas Stars. "Yeah, absolutely," Bishop said after going through the first day of practice at training camp Thursday. → Read More

'We're adding one line to our team': Seguin, Radulov, Hintz hit the ice

FRISCO, Texas -- A jovial Tyler Seguin greeted the assembled media at Stars training camp Thursday and answered the first question with a devilish smile. → Read More

Hey Heika: Season expectations, health updates, training camp and more

It's so good to be getting back to real actual hockey. The Prospects Tournament in Traverse City was a nice taste and now we're headed toward training camp on Thursday. → Read More

Listen and talk: Texas Stars head coach Neil Graham keeps dialogue open

Neil Graham's mindset came in handy this week. The head coach of the Texas Stars was running the Dallas entry at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, and his troops lost their first three games while allowing 17 goals in the process. → Read More

At 27, shorthanded king Esa Lindell is entering the prime of his career

Over the past three seasons, Esa Lindell leads the NHL in shorthanded time on ice at 695:36 - an average of 3:22 per game. → Read More

Leaving his mark: Wyatt Johnston is finding success in Traverse City

Wyatt Johnston was unable to play last season in the Ontario Hockey League because of the COVID 19 pandemic, but that hasn't hindered his production at the 2021 Prospect Tournament in Traverse City. → Read More

Ryan Suter makes Stars' core of defensemen one of the deepest in the NHL

While signing a 36-year-old defenseman to a four-year contract is a risk, the Stars could be getting Ryan Suter at just the right time. → Read More

Riley Tufte opens Traverse City prospect tournament with strong showing

On Thursday, Riley Tufte showed that he can exist quite nicely in today's quick game, as he scored two goals in a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. → Read More

'He's going to get those reps': Thomas Harley out to prove he's NHL ready

FRISCO, Texas -- Thomas Harley said he's a patient man. It might be one of the most important personality traits for the 20-year-old defenseman right now. → Read More