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2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

Change of Heart: Stars acquire Sharp from Blackhawks


Just prior to last month’s NHL Draft, a Dallas Stars official told The Dallas Morning News that Patrick Sharp was “not what we need right now.”

That was then.

On Friday, Dallas acquired Sharp along with defenseman Stephen Johns from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt.

Prior to the trade, the Blackhawks were $718,460 over the cap for next season.

Sharp, who was a member of all three of Chicago’s Stanley Cup wins, has two years remaining on his existing deal with a $5.9 million cap hit.

“On behalf of the entire Blackhawks organization, I’d like to thank Patrick for all that he helped our franchise accomplish during his time in Chicago, especially serving an integral role in bringing us three Stanley Cup championships,” said Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He was one of our leaders on the ice, most notably as an alternate captain for several seasons, as well as off the ice with his countless contributions and volunteer work with team partners, sponsors and Blackhawks fans everywhere.

“He will forever be a Blackhawk and we wish him and his family nothing but the best in Dallas and beyond.”

Johns, 23, has yet to make his NHL debut.

The 6-foot-4, 233-pound blue liner registered a career-high four goals and 21 points in 51 AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs last season.

“Stephen adds to the corps of young defensemen that we have coming up in our system,” said Stars’ GM Jim Nill. “He brings an element of size and physicality to our mix and we look forward to him coming in and competing.”

Garbutt has spent parts of the past four seasons in Dallas. The 29-year-old scored eight goals and 25 points in 67 games last season.

Daley has two years left on his deal with a $3.3 million cap hit. The 31-year-old scored 16 goals and 38 points to go along with a minus-13 rating in 68 games last season.

“We want to thank both Trevor and Ryan for their contributions to the Dallas Stars,” said Nill. “Trevor has been an important piece of the Stars organization for many years and we could not be more grateful to him. The strong leadership he displayed both in the locker room and in the North Texas community has created a lasting impact on everyone around him. We wish them both the best.”

Related: Toews admits Chicago’s cap crunch feels ‘a lot like 2010′

Stars re-sign towering d-man Oleksiak: one year, $875,000

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Dallas has re-upped with one of the largest players in the league — 6-foot-7, 250-pound rearguard Jamie Oleksiak.

Oleksiak, 22, agreed to a one-year contract extension on Thursday, the club announced. The deal comes after Oleksiak split time between Dallas and AHL Texas last year, scoring eight points in 36 games for the Stars.

The club’s first-round pick (14th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Oleksiak took a one-year pact for $875,000 (per the Dallas Morning News), opting for less term and slightly less money than fellow Stars d-men Patrik Nemeth and Jyrki Jokipakka took. In June, that pair signed matching two-year, $1.8 million deals with average annual cap hits of $900,000.

Though he’s still relatively young, Oleksiak is heading into something of a “prove it” campaign. He was picked ahead of some other noteworthy d-men in ’11 — like Nathan Beaulieu, Connor Murphy and Oscar Klefbom — and all three of them have played more games at the NHL level than Oleksiak.


Stars’ Jamie Benn (hip) hopes to be ‘100 percent ready to go’ for season opener

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Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn hit the ice on Tuesday for just the second time since undergoing offseason surgery on both hips.

Benn underwent one procedure in late April and had a second surgery in early May.

“As you guys saw, I wasn’t doing too much out there,” Benn told the Stars’ website. “I don’t think I mixed a crossover in; I was just working on the edges, feeling out the hips a bit and the groins. But it did feel good to be out there.”

Benn, who won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer with 87 points in 82 games, played through pain despite not missing any game action.

Following his second surgery, The Dallas Morning News reported that Benn was expected to resume skating in August.

“I think I am ahead of schedule,” Benn said. “We still have a long time to go here before training camp and the season starts, so I am in no rush. I am going to take it day-by-day, nice and slow. I think the main thing is that I don’t want any setbacks. I am definitely happy with my progress.”

Benn doesn’t expect to miss any regular season action.

“I think October 8 (opening night vs. Pittsburgh) is when I will be 100 percent ready to go,” he said.

PHT Morning Skate: Tyler Seguin is naked


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tyler Seguin is this year’s NHL representative in ESPN’s The Body Issue. Fun fact: he only has 3.6 percent body fat. (Dallas Morning-News)

All eyes were on Jack Eichel at the opening day of Buffalo’s development camp. (Sabres)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklazs says the Blues will be better off without T.J. Oshie. (Post-Dispatch)

Mikko Rantanen, taken 10th overall by Colorado at the draft, is gunning to be on the Avs’ opening-night roster. (Denver Post)

Mason Marchment, son of longtime NHL enforcer Bryan, is at Calgary’s prospects camp. (Calgary Herald)

After two seasons in the KHL, Alex Burmistrov is excited about rejoining the Jets and playing again in the NHL. (NHL.com)

Trade: Oilers add goalie depth, get Nilsson from Chicago

Austria v Sweden - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli continued to bolster his goaltending on Monday, acquiring Anders Nilsson from the Blackhawks in exchange for unsigned prospect Liam Coughlin.

Nilsson, 25, is an interesting entity. Picked 62nd overall by the Isles in 2009, he appeared in 23 games for New York over three seasons before signing with KHL team AK Bars Kazan last summer. A few months later, the Isles traded Nilsson’s rights — he was an RFA upon leaving for Russia — as part of the deal that saw Nick Leddy head to Long Island.

In Russia, Nilsson resurrected his stock by going 20-9-8 with a 1.71 GAA and .936 save percentage. He also played for Team Sweden at the 2015 Worlds, splitting time with Jhonas Enroth.

At 6-foot-5, Nilsson cuts an imposing figure in goal and it’ll be curious to see where he lands on the Edmonton depth chart. Chiarelli went out and acquired Cam Talbot from the Rangers at the draft, and already had Ben Scrivens in the fold. One has to think Scrivens could be in direct competition for the No. 2 gig with Nilsson, assuming Talbot enters the season as the Oilers’ starter.