Dallas Stars Daily Links: Home Improvement

If the Stars truly want to be contenders, then there’s plenty of room for improvement. Plus, the legacy of Mike Modano, top regression candidates for 2019-20, and more.

Heading into the 2019-20 season, the Dallas Stars are in fairly good shape. They were one OT goal away from knocking out the eventual Stanley Cup champs, they added one of the top Free Agents in Joe Pavelski, and they have several young players coming up the pipeline.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement, of course. For instance, the Stars could use a boost from captain Jamie Benn:

...getting back into the neighborhood of 65-75 points will be important to the team’s success. Benn does not mind deferring to others, and Tyler Seguin and Radulov, his likely linemates, want the puck. His production might be aided by playing on a line with Pavelski, but regardless of where he lines up, Benn and the team need better offensive output from the captain.

Strong play from your best players is always necessary, but Dallas also needs some depth players to step up. Due to the uncertainty of some players’ health, the defense especially could use solid play from someone like Jamie Oleksiak:

Oleksiak struggled with consistency last season, but like Hintz, he played well in the playoffs... However, Oleksiak was also the recipient of many healthy scratches from Montgomery during the regular season. So which player is he? If Oleksiak can replicate his postseason play over a full campaign, he’s a valuable piece of the puzzle.

You can read more from Saad Yousuf here.

Stars Stories

Many fans aren’t happy with Mike Modano these days, but that shouldn’t tarnish his legacy:

This needs to happen:

Ex-Star Patrick Eaves has won his fifth straight Smashfest!

Jason Dickinson was representing the Stars at the tournament, but maybe he could have used more help:

Stories about Ron Francis and Seattle sound like a broken record at this point, but hey — offseason:

Each season, some players will inevitably regress. Here’s a list of some potential candidates:

...and here’s another:

I don’t... I mean... how?