It's no secret that there was some systemic friction between the systems run by the Dallas Stars and Texas Stars last season.
With former Texas coach Glen Gulutzan taking the reins in Dallas, the Stars AHL affiliate struggled both on the ice and to find a system where players could seamlessly transition to the big leagues. And because of those problems, and a large dose of simple on-ice struggles, Jeff Pyle was let go as the Texas coach at the end of the season.
And as new Texas coach Willie Desjardins was introduced on Thursday, he made clear he was bringing more than his famous white board with him from his stint as the Dallas associate coach.
"I look forward to helping them (young players) develop," Desjardins said.
"The continuity and consistency between the things we do at the NHL level in Dallas and the things we will do here at Texas will help those players reach their potential and provide Dallas with a ready set of young players ready to take the next step."
After the jump, more on the Desjardins hiring and the Texas Stars, continuing to look forward to the NHL draft and you only have to suffer through Kings updates for a few more days now, I promise.
- Stephen has been all over the Desjardins rumors, and he had a chance to get out to the introductory news conference as well. [Hundred Degree Hockey]
- Just what you were wanting today, yet another mock draft. [SB Nation]
- There are more mock drafts out there at this point than I know what to do with, but this article by the folks over at HF takes a slightly different approach. Instead of concentrating on what the teams above the Stars do, it focuses on what the Stars might be looking for and how a new prospect would fit into the system. [Hockey's Future]
- In Mark Stepneski's continuing series on a look behind the scenes at how the Stars prepare for that draft, he takes a closer look at former fighter turned scout Shane Churla. [DallasStars.com]
- The boys in Dallas aren't the only ones filling out the roster. The Texas Stars had a busy day Thursday as they also signed Mike Hedden to an AHL contract. [Hundred Degree Hockey]
- Desjardins wasn't the only person getting a crack at an AHL coaching gig on Thursday. Dave Allison, who was an assisant coach with the short-lived Iowa Stars franchise, was named coach of the Peoria Rivermen. [Fox Sports Midwest]
- Another free agent, this one restricted, came off the market Thursday when Chris Stewart signed a one-year, $3 million extension with the St. Louis Blues. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
- Insert Los Angeles Kings snark here, but the more I see from Dustin Penner, the more I warm to him. Anyone who rocks a handlebar mustache gets some brownie points. [Backhand Shelf]
- And even I can't snark about this one. A Kings fan made an incredibly touching gesture on the East Coast as the parade went on out west. [Puck Daddy]
- Todd has already explained to us why the Kings victory wasn't one of the 10 worst things that could happen, but now that it's actually come to pass, there are some disaster plans you should know about... [Thursday Morning Cupcheck]
- This video has several awesome things in less than 30 seconds. The only complaint I have about these Friday Flashback videos so far is that they seem so short, though with this one, I kind of understand it.