The Dallas Stars are on a mission to find more offense. After last night’s game, they’re still looking – but there are a few encouraging signs.
Head coach Jim Montgomery liked what he saw from Joel Kiviranta, who played his first game as a Star after signing as a free agent over the summer. The Finnish forward was a bright spot as many Stars prospects struggled to find a rhythm:
“We thought he was good tonight,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “He was one of the guys that did win battles on walls and made good plays through the neutral zone. ... A couple chances, drove the net. He’s one of the forwards that if you’re rating on a scale of five like we do postgame, he’s probably at least a three.”...
Montgomery said he was overall disappointed in the forwards that nobody took a step forward to claim the few open spots available at the bottom of the Stars roster. Gurianov, Kiviranta, Jason Robertson, Stefan Noesen and Ty Dellandrea are all in the mix for roster spots and all of them played Monday night.
Blueliner Thomas Harley also met with Montgomery’s approval, as reported by Matthew DeFranks:
“Real good poise, our best breakouts and I thought our best passing plays he was involved in,” Montgomery said.
Harley has been paired with veteran defenseman Roman Polak throughout training camp and was again on Monday night....
”Roman’s good, his communication is excellent and having someone 240 pounds out there with a first-round pick makes sense to me,” Montgomery said.
There’s more at The Dallas Morning News. [SportsDayDFW]
Every team needs work this time of year, so it’s nice that this is a great time of year to get it done.
First-rounder Ty Dellandrea is focused on playing his game.
"I think the physical part of the game is a bit underrated. I can be skilled and make plays, but I also have a bit of the game that's physical and aggressive." - Ty Dellandrea pic.twitter.com/JlsBNWBtUb— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 17, 2019
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Around The League(s)
No work stoppage, a possible World Cup in 2021, and more:
No signs of a lockout here for at least three more years https://t.co/eA5OjwHAIH— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) September 17, 2019
If you can’t keep up with all the breaking UFA news, Matt Larkin is here for you.
The Vancouver Canucks and Brock Boeser have a deal, if they can keep it.
There is also an uncomfortable truth after these negotiations:— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 17, 2019
If the @Canucks were convinced that Boeser is a long-term cornerstone, they’d have found a way to pay him now on a six- or seven-year deal, writes @imacSportsnet. https://t.co/D4sWGDEslj
The Colorado Avalanche come up as contenders in Dan Falkenheim’s stories to watch this season.
RFA stalemates, Hughes vs. Kakko, Tampa Bay’s rebound and other top storylines for the 2019–20 season https://t.co/8ot0T1yilh— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) September 16, 2019
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