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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Progress of the Process

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How is Jim Montgomery’s Process working out for the Stars at the quarter mark? Plus, roster moves and injury updates, a certain ex-Stars head coach gets a new gig, and more.

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As you’ve probably heard by now, rookie head coach Jim Montgomery has devised a checklist of different goals he wants the Dallas Stars to achieve in each of their games that he calls the “Process.” They are as follows:

  1. Win 56 percent of the faceoffs
  2. Zero undisciplined penalties
  3. Three-or-less odd-man rushes against
  4. Win net-front battle
  5. Win special teams

Perhaps it seems silly to break down an entire 60 minutes or more of hockey into just five objectives, but there’s a reason Montgomery focused on these specific points:

Of the Stars’ seven regulation losses, six have come in games in which they only checked off one part of The Process or less. When the Stars check off two or more on Montgomery’s list, they have an 11-1-1 record.

The Stars currently sit in a playoff spot with a winning record, but Montgomery seems much room for improvement. He feels the team has a long way to go still when it comes to the Process:

“I don’t think it’s where it needs to be. It’s been very inconsistent... To me, the thing that goes with all of the details of our process is our work ethic on a daily basis isn’t where it needs to be, and I’m not saying players; I’m saying coaches and players.”

You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s piece here.

Stars News

Mark Stepneski also provides his own quarter-review of the Stars’ season. Lengthy and thorough read here: [NHL]

Looks like this chess team’s going to be without its bishop for awhile:

And here is the corresponding roster move, plus yet another IR designation:

Is Julius Honka struggling this season, or is he actually not getting enough credit? Josh Lile investigates: [Mooterati]

Around the League

Guess who’s back (back back back)? Back again (‘gain ‘gain ‘gain):

Hitchcock was immediately thrust into action, winning his Edmonton Oilers debut with a 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks in the lone game of the evening: [NHL]

Speaking of coaching changes, Jared Clinton breaks down the candidates for the St. Louis Blues job: [The Hockey News]

You know, it’s kind of hard to argue with this:

Corey Pronman gives some quick evaluations after watching some recent prospect tournaments: [The Athletic]

The Stars’ list is missing Ben Bishop, but they’re still way too high in Emily Kaplan’s NHL injury index: [ESPN]

Finally, you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing a William Nylander article. So here’s a more humorous approach to the situation: