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The Dallas Stars are expected to file for bankruptcy as early as today.

Sources say the purpose is to cleanse assets and ensure all outstanding liabilities are taken care of.

Technically, the NHL has been "financially managing" the team in conjunction with the team's lenders, for more than a year.

Ugggh devils stars yotes, Florida seems to be fringe. Hows hockey in the south doing Gary?

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la, anaheim, nashville, tampa(turning it around), carolina,

devils south? really lol.

Carolina is more of a fringe market in my opinion (can survive but not the healthiest), Nashville survives primarily based on strong corporate support. The Californian teams all do well with SJ and LA leading the pack.

I'm not sure if it's so much South vs North completely (the Stars were successful for a number of years in a market that looks like hockey would be destined to fail) but specific city placement as well as ownership. Some situations are circumstational as well - for example, cities like Detroit have struggled hugely lately due to poor economic conditions. A strong ownership group can almost 'will' a franchise to survive by figuring out what it needs to survive and how to market it properly. Minnesota is a strong example - they lost the North Stars back in the day, but the Wild have a strong popularity despite not always being great.

Contraction!!! This league doesn't need anymore teams! Get rid of the Stars completely!!

Unfortunately with the unionization of the league, this will never pass until the league is at a point of near-collapse as th NHLPA will never stand for it. Their role is to ensure and protect the jobs of the players, and contractions really doesn't appear to be in the best interest of the players union.

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Always liked him & still think of him as a Star not a Wing so I posted this here.

Mike Modano has announced his intention to retire after 22 NHL seasons.

The 41-year-old announced the news via his Facebook account, and said he will have a press conference on Friday to make the decision official.

"After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL," wrote Modano on Facebook. "There's way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it's been!"

Modano finishes with 561 goals and 1374 points. He played nearly his entire career with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise after being drafted first overall by the North Stars in 1988. The Michigan native played his final season with the Detroit Red Wings last year, where he was limited to 40 games due to a wrist injury and scored four goals and 11 assists.

Modano finishes 23rd all-time on the goal-scoring list, 22nd in points, and 14th with 1499 games played. He is the top-scoring American-born player of all time in goals and points.

Modano also had 58 goals and 88 assists in 176 career playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.

He was also named to play in seven NHL All-Star games, and captured an Olympic silver medal with Team USA in 2002. His departure from the game means Teemu Selanne is the last active player from the 1988 draft

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The Dallas Stars have apparently made a decision regarding their goaltending situation with Kari Lehtonen set to return later this week. The team has informed Andrew Raycroft this afternoon that he will be placed on waivers tomorrow to open up a spot for the Stars to activate Lehtonen off the IR. Kari has missed 12 games because of a groin injury and has been skating well during practices in the last few days, and is expected to start Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Andrew talked about what Raycroft’s trade value might be earlier today, but it appears for now that the Stars are willing to send him through waivers and see what happens. If he clears the Stars would still pay him is NHL salary, but he would then be placed down with the Texas Stars and essentially replace Richard Bachman. The move of course means that the team will go forward with Bachman as the back-up behind Lehtonen. While last night’s performance was not strong, Bachman has given the Stars some solid games in the past couple of weeks and overtook Raycroft to start eight straight games.

Now the 24 year-old rookie will stick with the big team heading forward. With Raycroft’s contract up after this season and Bachman consistently jumping up through the ranks, I had young Bachman as the back-up for next season. But Lehtonen’s groin caused a kink in the whole thing and now after going 5-2-0 with a .912 save percentage in nine contests, Bachman is the team’s choice going forward for this season. This doesn’t mean that Raycroft couldn’t still be moved via a trade, but to activate Kari the Stars had to make a decision by 11AM tomorrow. And it looks like Bachman seized his chance and Raycroft will be the guy playing elsewhere.

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MCKENZIE: ARE THE STARS WILLING TO DEAL MORROW?

Here's a question a lot of contending NHL teams are asking today: Is Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars available for trade?

There is certainly some talk within the NHL community anticipating that Morrow "may" become available between now and the NHL trade deadline.

But the Stars are right in the thick of the playoff race, currently sitting in 10th place, just three points out of eighth and have played fewer games than any of the teams immediately in front of them.

Morrow has this season and one more with an annual cap hit of $4.1 million, and he has a no-trade clause.

So if Morrow doesn't want to move, he's not going anywhere and the Stars are certainly not in a position where they necessarily "need" to trade their captain. And because of the NTC, they're not about to aggressively shop him either.

But that doesn't mean there aren't contenders interested in targeting him as a possible acquisition.

Morrow, who scored 33 goals last season (on pace for half that this season), has all the attributes a Cup contending team would pay dearly for. The former Canadian Olympian is physical, can score and his character and leadership abilities are well documented. But the veteran winger also has some hard miles on him.

Morrow missed the last game before the All-Star break with an upper-body injury but he is expected to be playing next week once the break is over.

As competitive as the Stars are right now with Morrow in the lineup, there is a sense their best years are still ahead of them and if the yield is a significant package that makes them younger and better in the long haul, perhaps it's something that the Stars might consider. That said, dealing with players who have an NTC can be tricky and sensitive at the best of times.

One source in Dallas suggested they are "probably not" going to move him before the deadline but that didn't shut the door tight on the notion either, especially if a lot of teams come calling with intriguing offers.

One team executive told TSN that he heard "Morrow might be available" and "we certainly intend to find out if he is."

So at the very least, it's a situation worth monitoring.

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The Dallas Stars have traded defenceman Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Grossman, 27, has skated in 52 games for the Stars this season, earning five assists and 26 penalty minutes. The 6'4, 230-pound blue-liner has 333 NHL games under his belt, scoring three goals and 38 assists for 41 points.

Grossman is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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The Dallas Stars have traded defenceman Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Grossman, 27, has skated in 52 games for the Stars this season, earning five assists and 26 penalty minutes. The 6'4, 230-pound blue-liner has 333 NHL games under his belt, scoring three goals and 38 assists for 41 points.

Grossman is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Apparently Philly has had interest in Grossman for some time.

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Just over a month removed from his advisory role with the Montreal Canadiens, Bob Gainey is back with his other former NHL team. The former Canadiens general manager confirmed to The Dallas Morning News Wednesday that he is returning to the Dallas Stars as a consultant to GM Joe Nieuwendyk. Full Story.

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