Here Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill on the status of Jamie Benn and Ales Hemsky, who are both coming off offseason hip surgery:

“We’re going to monitor them. They’re on their schedule; they are feeling very well, and they are starting to do full practices. They will practice down there (in Cedar Park), and we’ll play it by ear as far as scrimmages and exhibition games. Very doubtful they’ll play the first four or five exhibition games. We are hoping to get them in the last couple games, which is the best-case scenario. We are going to play it by ear. We’ve gone this far, it’s a long year, and we are going to make sure they are 100 percent before they play.”