The Jim Lites Affair seems to have set the stage for even more public reappraisal. Head coach Jim Montgomery picked up the baton after Saturday night’s stinging defeat:
“It’s everybody,” Montgomery said. “Unfortunately, I’m very frustrated that I have not been able to gain consistency in our performance and I have not been able to change the culture of mediocrity.”
There it is.
That’s the truth about this organization. There are so many pieces that come together to make a whole, but when you boil it all down it’s a culture that has to change.
Shapiro writes that the team’s leadership group needs to step up:
Instead of a message from leaders to set the tone, there is more of a vibe that every man needs to step up and prove it themselves.
“It falls on the individuals,” Jason Spezza said. “It’s pro hockey; it’s not a rah-rah, get everybody going. You have to zone in on yourself. You have to create your own routines. You have to do what works best for you. And if it’s not working, you have to change something and make sure you’re ready to start. A little bit falls on the leadership group, but a lot falls on individuals.”
“It just comes down to individuals to get prepared for games,” John Klingberg said. “It comes down to us (as leaders), but we are all playing in the NHL and we’ve got to be ready when the puck is dropped. We can’t be babysitters in here and try to get other guys going; it has to be individual.”
There’s more under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Where do the Stars go now – and how do they find a mix in which positive motivation outweighs negative? Mike Heika examines the case.
Cheer yourself up with a fun story about Stars prospect Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea and the performance that put him on the 2018 NHL Draft map.
“It put my name on the map.”— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) January 13, 2019
How a record setting performance at #SWTP helped @tydellandrea go from @FlintFirebirds forward to @DallasStars first rounder.
READ: https://t.co/u5F2A1v2n8 pic.twitter.com/Z0DfaULMPi
Casino Night is over, but you can still help the Stars’ charities with your silent auction bids.
If you weren't able to make it to tonight's @ParkPlaceTexas— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 13, 2019
Casino Night, you can still bid on items in the silent auction! Auction closes at 9:30 PM tonight.
BID: https://t.co/cPRIg6LLrx pic.twitter.com/pVzCbik0ur
Around The League(s)
- A Sebastian Aho hat trick sealed the Nashville Predators’ fate in a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. [On The Forecheck]
- The Winnipeg Jets struggled early and often, but in the end they put together a winning effort against the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
The Lites Affair may have become the Lites Precedent: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray assures fans that he doesn’t intend to fire head coach Randy Carlyle after a record 11 losses.
A statement from Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. pic.twitter.com/UyocDVbmjJ— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 14, 2019
Scoring legend Rick Nash, 34, will retire due to “unresolved issues/symptoms” from a concussion. What was the NHL’s stance on brain injuries, again...? [ESPN]
An amazing career that no one will forget.— NHL (@NHL) January 14, 2019
All the best in retirement, Rick Nash. pic.twitter.com/OYcBhMFU6L
The women got it done for Team Canada. The U18 team defeated Team USA 3-2 to win its first World Juniors since 2014.
Finnish forward Kaapo Kakko is a rising junior star – but does he have what it takes to surpass American Jack Hughes as a consensus first overall in 2019?
Has Kaapo Kakko passed Jack Hughes as the top prospect in the upcoming draft? Is standing pat the right move for Montreal? And is Dougie Hamilton really on the block again? We discuss that and more on the latest episode of The Hockey News Live.https://t.co/0emQKyrhzK— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 14, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Here are the postgame comments from head coach Derek Laxdal:
You can always count on Alexander Radulov to lift the general spirits. Enjoy.