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Dallas Stars Daily Links: An Advance Look At The DeBoer-Era Dallas Stars

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It’s the last week of July 2022, and the Dallas Stars still have a lot of weird offseason tension in the room. But one of the biggest sources is new head coach Pete DeBoer – or, rather, what he’ll have to work with and what he’ll do as a result.

That, at least, can be examined and understood. Saad Yousuf of The Athletic has taken a long look at DeBoer’s history and hires, and he’s come up with his own interpretation of what they will mean for the Victory Green Gang, starting with the offense:

DeBoer understood when taking the job that there would be little room for roster upgrades in his first offseason at the helm. Aside from adding [Mason] Marchment, the Stars didn’t do much to improve the roster this summer. That shines a spotlight on how DeBoer will choose to differently utilize the pieces he has in order to be more effective, especially offensively, than what the Stars have been.

One notable departure from recent years is that DeBoer does not account for a designated checking line. In past seasons, Radek Faksa has centered a checking line that most prominently featured Blake Comeau and Andrew Cogliano at one point and, last season, featured Luke Glendening and Michael Raffl. DeBoer’s approach is to construct lines that offer enough confidence to be able to be on the ice in offensive and defensive situations.

Special teams could be trickier. With the departure of cornerstone blueliner John Klingberg all but assured at this point, DeBoer has some juggling to do:

Klingberg has been the longtime quarterback of the power play in Dallas so his departure is going to be a significant change. Miro Heiskanen will slot in on the top power-play unit. [Jason] Robertson, [Roope] Hintz and [Joe] Pavelski are all expected to maintain their places on the top unit as well. [Tyler] Seguin is a decent bet for the fifth spot on the top unit but that’s something that will be worked out in training camp.

The second unit holds much more intrigue. For one, [new assistant coach Steve] Spott prefers to use one defenseman and four forwards on both units. While it doesn’t mean that it’ll always be structured that way, especially situationally — such as a late change — that will be the preference. Last season, the Stars had four viable defensemen options for the power play and the previous regime’s solution was to hand the keys to the top unit to Klingberg, to allow Ryan Suter the point on the second unit and to play Heiskanen on the half-wall on the second unit. Thomas Harley was the odd man out.

There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]


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