Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars Stick To The Schedule For Finding A New Coach

They made a plan, and they’re keeping the plan, GM Jim Nill tells the media. Plus, the Stars and scoring, lessons learned (or not) from the final four, and more.

The 2020 Dallas Stars are enjoying their greatest postseason success in nearly a generation. But while they have their eyes on the prize of a Stanley Cup, they’re continuing to watch the horizon for a permanent head coach.

Stars fans don’t need to be reminded of that holiday bombshell that saw defensive coach Rick Bowness become the interim bench boss last December. GM Jim Nill acknowledges that it’s been a roller coaster ever since:

“When we had to make the change, everything went pretty quick,” Nill said. “We went right from having to make the coaching change to Rick taking over, and then all of a sudden you get a pandemic. That gave him a chance to reset, and I think we’re reaping the rewards right now of him having a chance to put his stamp on this team. I’ve been very impressed.”...

“When you see the players react to a coach and decisions he has to make, that’s important,” Nill said. “I know Rick has the full support of the players, and that’s very important.”

There’s more under the link. [NHL]

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