Dallas Stars Daily Links: Projecting the Forward Lines

The forward group could look quite different this next season. Plus, the Texas Stars have a new assistant coach, free agency updates, and more.

Barring any trades or surprise UFA signings, we have a pretty good idea what the Dallas Stars’ roster will look like for 2019-20. What we don’t know, however, is how those players will be paired together.

For instance, many fans expect Corey Perry to come in and play a bottom-six role. But if the sniper is fully healthy and rediscovers his game, he could be a potential fit in the top six:

Right off the bat, [Jamie] Benn feels like an obvious complement opposite Perry. They played well together during the 2014 Olympics, can both bring a physical style of hockey and can pester opposing teams. There could be some concern pairing forwards coming off subpar seasons, but an injection of [Tyler] Seguin could boost that line.

Another big question mark for the forwards is Denis Gurianov. The Stars’ prospect had a great season in the AHL last year, and if he can stay consistent, he might stay in the NHL for good this time around:

With five forwards gone off last year’s roster, there is a big window of opportunity for Gurianov to make the team out of training camp, which he was threatening to do last season with a strong camp.

If he does, he could start out in the bottom six (what speed a line of Gurianov, Jason Dickinson and Mattias Janmark would bring), with a chance to move up with some line juggling.

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.

Stars Stories

The Texas Stars have a new assistant coach, albeit at the expense of the Stars’ ECHL team, the Idaho Steelheads:

Ex-Star Gemel Smith is sticking around in the Atlantic Division, signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning:

Around the League

It’s finally official — the Carolina Hurricanes have matched the Montreal Canadiens’ offer sheet on Sebastian Aho:

Here’s what the star in question has to say about the whole ordeal:

I’m not sure I’d count the Stars’ signings as weird, but Robin Lehner to the Chicago Blackhawks definitely is:

Marcus Johnasson refuses to leave the East Coast, signing with the Buffalo Sabres: