News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports free agent goalie Tobias Stephan signed a contract with Geneva Servette of the Swiss Hockey League. He played the 2008-09 season with the Stars.
Analysis: Stephan played in the Swiss League before making it to North America in 2006-07. Dallas tried to give him a chance in net, but he never seemed to adjust to a role as a backup to Marty Turco. He was 1-3-2 with a 3.49 GAA and .883 save percentage in 11 NHL appearances. Stephan might return to the NHL down the road, but can be dropped in all Fantasy formats.
News:Petr Prucha scored 53 seconds into overtime past Tobias Stephan to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Prucha took a pass from Shane Doan at the top right corner of the crease and shoved the puck past Stephan for a power-play goal just 16 seconds after Andrew Hutchinson was whistled for tripping. Stephan held a 1-0 lead in the first before Phoenix reeled off two straight goals. Dallas tied the game at 2 and then Stephan allowed the Coyotes to jump out to a two-goal lead. Phoenix held a 5-3 lead until Dallas tied the game with 58 seconds left. Stephan made 27 saves in the loss.
Analysis: Stephan made his first start since March 1 Monday and would have likely gotten another start had he performed at a high level. He did not and Marty Turco is likely to jump back in net despite his recent struggles. Stephan hasn't seen a lot of time this season as a backup to Turco and that isn't expected to change down the stretch. Stephan still has minimal Fantasy appeal. The Stars TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: The St. Louis Blues scored on three of their first eight shots against Marty Turco in a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. St. Louis took a 1-0 lead just 59 seconds into the game. David Backes skated in alone just inside the blue line and beat Turco for his 22nd goal. David Perron made it 2-0 at 6:32 on the Blues' third shot of the game, sliding the puck under Turco's left side for a two-goal lead. The Blues chased Turco after Brad Winchester made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 11:56, his 11th tally this season. Turco (30-25-8) allowed three goals on eight shots before being replaced by Tobias Stephan, who stopped 17 of 19 shots the rest of the way.
Analysis: Stephan has made two March appearances since being recalled from the minors. He hasn't seen a lot of time this season as a backup to Turco and that isn't expected to change down the stretch. Stephan still has minimal Fantasy appeal.
News: Dallas G Tobias Stephan played for the first time since Jan. 8 on Sunday against the Penguins, allowing four goals and making 19 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Penguins. Marty Turco had made 32 consecutive starts before getting a break on Sunday.
Analysis: Turco is starting basically every game, and if Turco goes on another games played streak, Stephan may not play again the entire season. Keep Stephan around only as a handcuff for Turco. Do not start him in any leagues in the upcoming scoring period.
News:The Dallas Morning News reports the Stars recalled Tobias Stephan from Bridgeport of the AHL and sent Brent Krahn back to Chicago of the AHL Tuesday.
Analysis: Stephan went 4-0-1 during his stint in the minors and his confidence is back up after being a seldom-used backup for most of the season. Stephan is still likely to see little time in net with the way Marty Turco has been playing, so consider Stephan more of a long-term Fantasy keeper.
News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Stars switched backup goalies Friday by sending Tobias Stephan to Bridgeport of the AHL and recalled Brent Krahn from Chicago of the AHL.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Stephan has appeared in seven games with the Stars this season, going 1-2 with a 3.35 goals-against average and an .887 save percentage. He last appeared for Dallas Jan. 8. Stephan might be the future in net for Dallas, but Marty Turco is the present. Consider Stephan more of a long-term Fantasy keeper.
News: Stars G Marty Turco stopped 14 shots before being replaced by Tobias Stephan after two periods during Thursday's 6-1 loss against the Red Wings. "They're the top team in the league and they pretty much embarrassed up for 60 minutes," Steve Ott said. Turco has a 3-11-5 career record against the Red Wings and is 0-8-2 at Joe Louis Arena. "I know he went to school here (Michigan), he's from the Sault (St. Marie) in Canada, which is obviously a border city," Maltby said. "I don't know. I don't want to presume anything but we just try and go out and for some reason, he hasn't had a lot of success here, which is obviously good for us." Turco allowed four goals before Stephan made 13 saves on 15 shots in the third.
Analysis: Stephan has had a few good moments in his rookie season, but he is still not ready to overtake Turco in net. Stephan remains just a flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: G Tobias Stephan saw 37 shots come his way, but was only able to turn away 35 of them in a 3-0 loss to the Predators on Saturday. It was Stephan's third result of the season, putting his record at 1-2-0.
Analysis: Stephan is clearly behind Marty Turco as the backup in Dallas. He has only played in three games and cannot be trusted to get consistent starts. He is at best a No. 3 goalie with potential as a flier. The Stars TG is a modest option.
News:Marty Turco, who helped Dallas get within two games of a conference championship last season, stopped 14 of 19 shots and was pulled after the second period during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Sharks in favor of Tobias Stephan, who stopped 9 of 10 shots. Turco allowed two power-play scores and Stephan allowed just an even-strength score.
Analysis: Turco, 1-4-3 at home, came into the game with the worst goals-against average in the NHL (3.50). Stephan didn't have a much better mark at 3.53. Hence the reason Dallas has stuck with Turco despite his struggles. Stephan might eventually overtake Turco in Dallas, but that appears in the very distant future. Continue to view Stephan as a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: Dallas backup goalie Tobias Stephan stopped 27 shots during Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks in his second straight start in place of struggling Marty Turco. Stephan earned his first NHL victory on Wednesday, 4-2 over Minnesota. Friday's start was only his second this season and third in the NHL. He allowed one power-play goal and four even-strength tallies.
Analysis: The Stars entered the game with an NHL-worst 3.95 team goals-against average. Turco has a 4.26 goals-against and .842 save percentage. Stephan was back in net Friday because of a strong outing Wednesday, but he is still not close to dethroning Turco. However, do keep an eye on the situation. Continue to view Stephan as a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Stars TG has high-end Fantasy potential.
News:Tobias Stephan waited more than a year to make up for a heartbreaking loss. Stephan made 19 saves to earn his first NHL victory, and the Dallas Stars handed Minnesota its first regulation loss, beating the Wild 4-2 on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old goalie made an emergency start against Chicago on Oct. 13, 2007, and took a shutout into the final moments. The Blackhawks had a 6-on-3 skating advantage and scored with 1.5 seconds remaining to force overtime. Chicago eventually won, and Tobias spent the remainder of the 2007-08 season in the minors before making his second career start. "It's a great feeling," said Stephan, who filled in for the slumping Marty Turco. "It was really a good game by the team. That really helped me out."
Analysis: Turco has a 4.26 goals against average and gave up six goals in a loss to Washington on Saturday night. Stars coach Dave Tippett elected to sit the three-time All-Star and give Stephan his first start of the season. "That's my job," Stephan said. "That's why I came here to play. I just try to make the best of it. Stay focused and be ready when called upon." Stephan was jittery early. The first time Stephan handled the puck behind the net, he stumbled and fell. He settled down after that. "I was nervous," Stephan said. "But I think it helps me out. I look at it as a positive thing." The Stars are kinding of looking at Stephan as the goalie of the future, but for the present, Turco remains the No. 1 goalie. Continue to view Stephan as a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Stars TG has high-end Fantasy potential.
News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Stars G Tobias Stephan will get his first start of the season Wednesday in place of regular No. 1 Marty Turco.
Analysis: Stephan has made just two appearances in the young season and both in relief. The Stars have said they want to give him 20-25 appearances, so we expect him to see some starts. Stephan is nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game, but with the way Turco is struggling early this season, he has a real chance to improve his standing on Wednesday.
News: The Devils chased Stars G Marty Turco from net during New Jersey's 5-0 win Wednesday. Turco left after allowing three goals on 17 shots in 30:17 of action, and Tobias Stephan gave up a pair of quick goals in the third. Turco was replaced by Stephan after John Madden's second goal at 10:17. Stephan made 10 saves in relief.
Analysis: Stephan has made just two appearances in the young season and both in relief. The Stars have said they want to give him 20-25 appearances, so we expect him to see some starts. Stephan is nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: Stars G Marty Turco, who came into Thursday's game with a 9-4-2 record and a 1.88 GAA against St. Louis, gave up five goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Tobias Stephan for the third period during a 6-1 loss to the Blues. Stephan allowed one goal on five shots. "Our goaltending has been poor," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Our top players are not playing with the commitment you need to win hockey games."
Analysis: Stephan made his first appearance in more than a year and will likely get a start in the next week since Dallas has four games during Week 3 (Oct. 20-26). Turco hasn't been great to open the season and might need a night or two off. Dallas hopes to get Stephan about 20-25 outings as a rookie, but Stephan is nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News:The Dallas Morning News reports Stars G Tobias Stephan will enter the 2008-09 season as the uncontested backup to G Marty Turco. The 24-year-old, who has spent the last two seasons in the AHL, is expected to make 20-25 appearances backing up Turco. "It's his time, he's ready," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. Stephan is excited for his first full year in the NH;. "I've been fighting the last two years in the AHL, and this year I just want to show everybody I'm ready to do this," Stephan said.
Analysis: Stephan, who is 6-3, 185 pounds, is an athletic goalie who can get up and down in a hurry from the butterfly. The Stars not re-signing Johan Holmqvist means they are confident in Stephan, their second-round pick in 2002, in finally making a full-time jump to the NHL. Turco has been declining in production the last few seasons, but he is still firmly entrenched as the Stars' top goalie. Stephan is nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Stars G Tobias Stephan is in the driver's seat for backup duties to Marty Turco this season. Stephan only played one game for the Stars last season, but it was a good one: He stopped 39 of 41 shots he faced against the Chicago Blackhawks in October, but nevertheless was dealt a disappointing 2-1 loss in overtime.
Analysis: The Stars not re-signing Johan Holmqvist means they are confident in Stephan, their second-round pick in 2002, in finally making a full-time jump to the NHL. Turco has been declining in production the last few seasons, but he is still firmly entrenched as the Stars' top goalie. Stephan is nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game.
News: The Stars have signed two 24-year-olds, LW Chris Conner and G Tobias Stephan, each to one-year, two-way contracts for next season, reports the Dallas Star-Telegram.
Analysis: Stephan is a decent goaltending prospect, while Conner is a second-year forward out of Michigan Tech. Both should be ignored in Fantasy play for now.
News: The Stars recalled goaltender Tobias Stephan from their minor-league Iowa Stars club on Thursday. Stephan will be Mike Smith's backup against the Wild. Smith gets the start at at Minnesota on Thursday night.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Stephan made his NHL debut Oct. 13 at Chicago and blocked 38 of 40 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss. In 39 AHL games, he went 17-16-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average, a .907 save percentage and two shutouts.
News: Stars G Marty Turco's neck is still sore from getting run into on Tuesday and he will not take part in Thursday's contest in Minnesota, according to the Dallas Morning News. Tobias Stephen has been called up to serve as Mike Smith's backup.
Analysis: Turco said he was feeling OK after the hit, but there obviously was enough residual soreness for Turco to be held out tonight. While he is unlikely to be out for long, Turco has been outstanding in net as of late, and in his last three games has allowed a total of four goals. He should remain a No. 1 Fantasy goalie for now, unless this injury lingers and he missed time during Fantasy Week 20 (Feb. 11-17).
News: The Dallas Stars activated goaltender Mike Smith from injured reserve on Wednesday. The Stars, who visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night, made room on the roster by assigning Tobias Stephan to Iowa of the American Hockey League.
Analysis: In his NHL debut at Chicago on Saturday, the 23-year-old Stephan made 38 saves on 40 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Feel free to cut him outside of deeper keeper leagues.
News: Jason Williams scored a power-play goal 43 seconds into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Williams beat Tobias Stephan on a high shot from 40 feet out, with Chicago rookie Jonathan Toews cutting across the crease. Stephan was screened on the shot. Stephan, a 23-year-old Swiss native, is backing up Marty Turco while Mike Smith is out with an arm injury. Stephan stopped 38 shots.
Analysis: Stephan made his NHL debut on Saturday and it was a pretty strong performance outside of being on the losing end. He might earn another start or two before Smith returns, but is still nothing more than a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or a flier in leagues that use average points per game in a scoring period. There is a good chance he is returned to the minors once Smith is healthy. The Stars TG remains either a low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 Fantasy option depending on the size of your league.
News: The Dallas Stars activated center Mike Ribeiro and placed backup goalie Mike Smith on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Smith, the backup to Marty Turco, injured his arm in practice Tuesday and will miss at least three games. He started the third game of the season for Dallas, a 5-1 loss at Nashville. Smith is worth a look in deeper leagues which average points per game in a scoring period when healthy. For now Tobias Stephan will back up Marty Turco. Stephan has no Fantasy appeal and will be returned as soon as Smith is healthy.
News: The Dallas Stars recalled goalie Tobias Stephan from Iowa of the AHL on Tuesday. He will replace backup goalie Mike Smith, who bruised his arm in practice Tuesday. Smith is day-to-day and will be evaluated again Wednesday.
Analysis: Stephan, 23, had a 2.88 goals against average and one shutout in 27 games with Iowa last season. He has no Fantasy appeal and will be returned as soon as Smith is able to return.
News: The Dallas Stars assigned Tobias Stephan to Iowa of the AHL over the weekend and they recalled Dan Ellis to serve as the backup to Marty Turco.
Analysis: Neither Ellis or Stephan are worthy of any Fantasy consideration unless Marty Turco suffers a long-term injury. The only reason either are seeing time in the NHL is due to the fact Mike Smith (back) is sidelined.
News: The Dallas Stars placed Smith (back) on injured reserve due to his back injury, so Tobias Stephan will serve as the backup to Marty Turco at least through the All-Star break.
Analysis: Stephan is not worth any Fantasy consideration at this time.
News: Tobias Stephan has been recalled from Iowa of the AHL to serve as the backup to Marty Turco with Mike Smith battling headaches recently.
Analysis: Stephan has no Fantasy appeal and will be returned to the minors once Smith is healthy enough to dress.