Since losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Final 10 years ago, the Dallas Stars have been a rather disappointing team. They’ve only appeared in the postseason twice during that span, and only a single series between both appearances.
Whether or not the Stars can break out of this funk largely rests on the new coaching staff, headed by Jim Montgomery. Though he lacks NHL experience, there’s good reason to believe Montgomery can push the Stars to new heights:
The college coach who has to adapt to the NHL has a ton of challenges, and it’s very easy to imagine he could struggle, especially with a division that has some of the league’s best teams. But Montgomery’s aggressive style could be helped a great deal by what happened last season. He could be walking into the perfect environment to make that transition.
Not everything will be squarely on Montgomery’s shoulders, of course. At this point, GM Jim Nill really needs to step up to the plate if the team is going to succeed under a rookie head coach:
Likewise, management could be in a different place than last season. Jim Nill needs to be a different GM this year than he was with Hitchcock or Lindy Ruff. They were veterans who needed space to do things their way. Montgomery is a rookie who needs Nill’s help. It will set up a different dynamic throughout the organization, and the hope is a better dynamic.
You can read more in Mike Heika’s piece here.
Now that their Calder Cup Final appearances are over, should AHL head coaches Derek Laxdal and Sheldon Keefe expect gigs in the NHL anytime soon? [The Athletic]
If you are going to be in Dallas for draft weekend, here’s a chance to watch a live interview with Stephen Johns:
Dallas live show update: Our guest is Stephen Johns!— Puck Soup (@PuckSoupPodcast) June 15, 2018
If you don’t know Stephen, he enjoys Fortnite, charity work, his dog and french fries on his salad probably.
Tickets still available: https://t.co/EYHeZA5SHW
Here’s a picture of him flashing fans at a Stars game: pic.twitter.com/ytjXi0WIus
Good news, everyone! Sean Shapiro’s book written just for Stars fans is now available for pre-order:
You can now pre-order my book "100 Things Stars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" (with a foreword by Mike Modano) on Amazon and other outlets. Publishes Oct. 9. https://t.co/OIYkSP8UyB— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) June 15, 2018
Around the League
The instant reaction to the trade seems to be that it was, uhh, not good for the Canadiens:
Instant Analysis: The Canadiens are on the losing end of the Galchenyuk-Domi trade https://t.co/W6qqJZNqH1— Eyes on the Prize (@HabsEOTP) June 16, 2018
Galchenyuk + Sergachev + Subban for Domi + Drouin + Weber doesn't really look so great.— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) June 16, 2018
Here’s something fun to do — take a look at the top RFAs this offseason and imagine what it would look like if teams actually submitted offer sheets:
Could the Washington Capitals actually keep their Cup-winning team together for next season? Probably not, but it’s an idea worth exploring:
Can the Stanley Cup champion @Capitals keep the band together? I spoke with their capologist about John Carlson, whether the salary cap works and some really interesting talk about Alex Ovechkin's contract. #NHL https://t.co/JzJag58IOQ— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 15, 2018
Speaking of the Capitals, Down Goes Brown explains why Alex Ovechkin showing emotion in his first Cup win is good for the sport in his latest Grab Bag. [Vice Sports]
Jeez, the whole Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson saga keeps getting more interesting:
In Matt Larkin’s latest mailbag, he lists the Dallas Stars as his “perfect fit” for a Milan Lucic trade. Eww. [The Hockey News]
It seems as if a Lucic trade is unavoidable at this point, but should the Edmonton Oilers even let Pete Chiarelli pull the trigger?
Oilers risk repeating terrible trade history with Lucic https://t.co/AWvmcaUhJT— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 15, 2018
Okay, one last thing about Lucic, if only because it’s so cringe-worthy:
Trade Proposal: Lucic and 2nd Rnd Pick to Dallas for Honka & Spezza. Thoughts?— The Oilers Report (@OilersReport) June 15, 2018