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Stars to open season in Arizona

The Sports Xchange

--Dallas will open the 2012-13 regular season on Oct. 13 at Glendale, Ariz., against the Coyotes. Three days later, these Pacific Division rivals will meet in the Lone Star State as the Stars open their home schedule on Oct. 16 against the same Phoenix club, led by former Dallas head coach Dave Tippett.

--It looks as if Richard Bachman will again serve as the backup to No. 1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Bachman was signed to a one-year contract on July 12 and was 8-5-1 with a 2.77 goals-against-average last season as a rookie. Bachman wrestled the backup role away from Andrew Raycroft while Lehtonen was out with a groin injury last season. Once Lehtonen returned to the ice, Raycroft was sent to the Stars' top minor league affiliate in the AHL and Bachman finished the year in Dallas.

--Veteran defenseman Trevor Daley hit the ice during the Stars' annual prospect development camp in early July at the team's headquarters in Frisco. Daley, now the club's second longest-tenured player, was working with Dallas prospects during part of the camp.

--With the addition of a pair of 40-year-old veterans, Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney, Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is no longer one of the oldest members of the club's roster. "Robi" was the second-oldest member of the Stars last season at 35. Only 36-year-old fellow defenseman Sheldon Souray, who signed with the Ducks this summer, was older than Robidas.

"We've talked a lot about our young kids that are turning pro. The two kids that have had one year in the minors in Brenden Dillon and Matt Fraser, we feel that we want to give them every opportunity to succeed." -- GM Joe Nieuwendyk on which of the organization's prospects could get the biggest push in preseason.

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