Training camp for the Dallas Stars began on Monday, so far it’s been relatively smooth sailing. Perhaps the biggest hurdle the players have to face is getting into game shape, but head coach Rick Bowness is confident they’ll get there:
“The guys are where we need them to be,” Bowness said. “We need the practices and a lot of skating to get our game legs underneath us but that’ll come as camp goes on.”
It’s a bit too early to talk about training camp standouts, but one player who’s impressed so far is veteran Joe Pavelski. Training camp was weird for Pavelski last year, given he just left the only team he ever knew in the San Jose Sharks, but all is good this time around:
“Joe looks great. He put his time in before camp started,” Bowness said. “I know when they were getting together and skating, he was leading the group. I think Joe is far more comfortable at this training camp than he was last year (2019), which is understandable. We saw the importance of Joe in the bubble and that has carried over so far in this camp.”
You can read more observations from Saad Yousuf here.
Also from Saad — an interview with Rick Bowness before camp started:
A bit of a break until Group 3 (aka AHL group) hits the ice here at 1:30. Enough time for you to read this Q&A + analysis I had with Rick Bowness!— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) January 4, 2021
Stars’ Rick Bowness on replacing Bishop & Seguin, young players’ ice time & more https://t.co/wTN8st8Yam
To the surprise of no one, the Stars will continue to emphasize defense this upcoming season:
“Our D are coming. We're not changing from that.”— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 6, 2021
Good defense led to good offense during the playoff run, and that game plan is here to stay. https://t.co/NCa1yNb8oC
I can understand not being crazy about helmet sponsors, but these don’t look terrible:
Just keep the corporate logos away from this thing of beauty:
Dallas has more nationally televised games now, yet still none of them are against the Tampa Bay Lightning...
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