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‘Healthy’ Dallas Stars Head To Training Camp This Weekend

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Having everyone ready to go this training camp will be a nice change from last year for the Dallas Stars.

Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s often taken for granted that hockey players will come to training camp fully healthy and ready to go. After all, they’ve had several months off by that point. The grind of an NHL season has melted away and they’ve had time to rest nagging injuries or correct bigger problems.

However, last season the Dallas Stars learned that you really shouldn’t take healthy players coming into training camp for granted.

At no point during camp and throughout the season did they have a fully healthy roster. Injuries sustained during offseason training (a la Jamie Benn) or at the World Cup of Hockey (a la Ales Hemsky), and even those sustained during training camp itself (a la Cody Eakin), set the team up for a rocky start from day one.

The lack of cohesiveness coming out of training camp, combined with a schedule that wasn’t the easiest by any stretch, and a number of other issues (coaching, defensive ability, etc.) led to the Stars digging themselves a hole so early in the season that they never came close to sniffing their way to a playoff position.

That’s why general manager Jim Nill’s assertion that everyone is healthy heading into training camp helps put this season off to a good start. It will allow the team to find that chemistry and groove early in the season, something they weren’t able to do last year.

They’re going to need that time, too. After changing coaching staff, which should include changes to the system the Stars play, and the offseason acquisitions and signings of Ben Bishop, Alexander Radulov, Marc Methot, Tyler Pitlick, and others that may force their way onto the roster from depth signings or last season’s AHL squad in Texas, there’s a lot of moving parts for the Stars to put together in a relatively quick amount of time prior to their season opener versus the Vegas Golden Knights on October 6th.

Training camp will open with on-ice sessions this Friday, and will include an intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday at 12 PM CST in Cedar Park, the home of the Texas Stars. This will be the third year the Stars have held training camp in their AHL affiliate facility.

Friday, Sept. 15
9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - On-Ice Session One11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - On-Ice Session Two

Saturday, Sept. 16
9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - On-Ice Session One11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - On-Ice Session Two

Sunday, Sept. 17
12 p.m. - Victory Green vs. White Scrimmage

Monday, Sept. 18
9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - On-Ice Session One11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - On-Ice Session Two

The first preseason game for the Stars will be Tuesday, September 19th at the American Airlines Center.

Traverse City Tournament Game 3 Today

The Stars prospects will take on the Minnesota Wild prospect squad today at 2:30 PM CST. They’ve lost both games so far in the tournament - a 7-2 rout by the Columbus Blue Jackets and a 7-6 overtime loss to the St Louis Blues in which they blew a 6-3 lead. You can stream the game on Fox Sports Go in the DFW area.