To the surprise of basically no one in the hockey world, the Dallas Stars appear to be close to making a major offseason move and have called a press conference for 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
Hmm, I wonder what sort of potential coaching announcement this could be about.
The press conference will be livestreamed on the Stars website as well as available on Fox Sports Southwest and The Ticket.
For what it’s worth, rumored new-again head coach Ken Hitchcock has been working on a series of one-year contracts or contract extensions for the past few years with the St. Louis Blues. A quick search indicates he signed one-year contracts or extensions with the team for the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, though he was obviously fired during the last one. So if the reports from earlier today are true, the one-year contract fits into his pattern rather than being a curious outlier.
At least some things will become clear tomorrow. For what it’s worth, it is an advantage to get the coaching situation solved early, with questions about the expansion draft, entry draft and free agency on the horizon.