Stars sign Petersen to 2-year extension

The Dallas Stars have signed Toby Petersen to a 2-year contract
extension worth $1.55 million, the team announced today.

“Toby Petersen’s character and work ethic are the type of attributes
we want in our players,” said Nieuwendyk. “He is a very versatile
forward that can play throughout your lineup. He is a good example of
the type of professional we want on the Dallas Stars hockey club.”

don’t normally report on contract extensions for fourth line players,
but Petersen is an interesting story. For one, he’s a diabetic who has
to wear a special insulin device while playing. He’s never had any
diabetes-related issues while playing, however, and is a model for
success through adversity.

There’s also an funny anecdote
surrounding his time with the Stars. He was signed as a free agent in
July of 2007, after being named the team MVP of the Iowa Stars of the
AHL while a member of the Edmonton Oilers franchise. He played most of
the 07-08 season with Iowa, before being called up late in the season
due to injuries. He played in all 16 playoff games for the Stars that
year, and was a big part of the team’s success that postseason.

funny about it? Many Stars fans were excited about this young, speedy
prospect they were just getting a taste of. He was 28 at the time.

Teuvo time: Teravainen to open with Toews, Hossa

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Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.

Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.

Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.

The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.

It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.

Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.

That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.

“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”

‘Great story’ Janmark surprises, makes Dallas roster

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Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.

“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.

“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”

Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.

As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.

He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.

His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.

Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.