Report: Stars C Vernon Fiddler has asked for a trade

by Nov 12, 10:32 PM

TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler went to the team two weeks ago and said he was not happy with his role. Now Fiddler has asked to be traded knowing he will not be getting increased ice time with the Stars.

Fiddler is on an expiring contract of $1.8 million and becomes a UFA next summer. The Stars are reportedly waiting on a deal and will be careful to get back assets instead of honoring Fiddler's request.

Darren Dreger also mentioned the Toronto Maple Leafs have had interest in Fiddler in the past and their only concern is his age.

Jul 3, 9:29 AM

Stars sign Fiddler: Center took less money to stay in Dallas

by Jul 3, 9:29 AM
Jerome Miron / US Presswire

Winning is more important than money, according to Vernon Fiddler.

Fiddler, who re-upped with the Dallas Stars to the tune of $2.5-million over two years, left money on the table in order to stay in the Lone Star State.

“Honestly, I had better offers. But I wanted to stay with this team and finish the job,” Fiddler told The Dallas Morning News. “There is a real attraction to playing here and playing to win, and seeing this through. I think this is going to be a really good team, and I want to be a part of that.”

Stars general manager Jim Nill has completely reshaped the franchise since taking the helm in April of 2013, making a huge splash on the first day of NHL free agency with the additions of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.

“I think the deals for Spezza and Hemsky make us better, I think just having a year with the new people makes us better,” Fiddler said. “My family loves it here, I love it here, and we decided the best move for all of us is to stay right here.”

Jul 2, 6:59 PM

Stars, Vernon Fiddler agree to 2-year contract extension

by Jul 2, 6:59 PM

Vernon Fiddler is returning to the Dallas Stars after briefly testing the free agent market, re-signing with Dallas for two more years.

According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Fiddler will make $2.5 million over the course of the deal - $1 million in the first year and $1.5 million in 2015-16.

Fiddler, 34, has spent the last three seasons with the Stars playing defensive zone starts against weaker competition. His average time on ice in Dallas hovers around 13 minutes, so expect to see him in a supporting bottom-six role again next year.

Jun 16, 11:55 AM

Report: Vernon Fiddler rejects offer from Stars, will go to free agency

by Jun 16, 11:55 AM

The Dallas Stars reportedly offered pending free agent center Vernon Fiddler a contract extension that has been rejected by the forward.

Fiddler reportedly asked for a trade in November, so the news can't come as a shock. In 76 games, Fiddler tallied 23 points. Fiddler was signed to a three-year, $5.4-million contract.

Nov 19, 8:56 AM

Stars' Fiddler: 'I want to contribute'

by Nov 19, 8:56 AM

After reports last week that Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler had asked the team to trade him, news on Sunday that the Stars had claimed Dustin Jeffrey off waivers is making for an interesting situation in Dallas.

Fiddler had this to say, according to Mike Keika of the Dallas Morning News:

"[I] just want to contribute and help this team win, I love this team, and I love what we’re doing, and it’s a great time to be a Dallas Star. It’s still a business, so you never know what’s going to happen, and it’s always day to day, but my focus is on playing hard every game. That’s just the way I look at things. I want to win, I want to contribute, I want to play,’’ he said. “I think I’ve earned that.’’

Fiddler, who turns 34 in May, will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has two goals and five points through 20 games this season.