Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Home Team, And The Development Team

Sean Shapiro takes a look at how the Texas Stars made the Dallas Stars’ season possible. Plus, what’s up at the IIHF Worlds, what’s next for the Bunch of Jerks, and more.

The Dallas Stars played a great deal of bonus hockey during the 2019 playoffs, and Derek Laxdal turned out to be one big reason why.

Throughout the season, the Texas Stars head coach lost key players like Roope Hintz, Jason Dickinson, Gavin Bayreuther and Denis Gurianov, whether temporarily or permanently. Those losses added up – and probably cost the team in its own bid to make the Calder Cup playoffs. In his newest Shap Shots, Sean Shapiro takes a look at how their development in Cedar Park made them ready to play with the big club:

“Obviously from my side of it, that’s what we are all about in Austin,” Laxdal said. “Developing players and getting them ready to play in the regular season or getting them ready to play when they are a black ace in the playoffs. So for me to go in and see these players have success, it makes you feel pretty good about your coaching staff and what you’re doing down there in Texas.

“So even though we had a tough year this year, we look at the players we are trying to develop moving forward — Joel L’Esperance for example… When we have a year like we did this year with some injuries in Dallas and some of your best players going up, we tried to make (the) best of what we had.”

The goal of most AHL coaches is eventually to graduate to the big league themselves. Shapiro also examined Laxdal’s chances:

Before the Stars hired Jim Montgomery, Laxdal was the only other candidate interviewed for the NHL head coaching job in Dallas. The hope is that as teams look to fill NHL vacancies this summer, the Texas Stars coach’s name will re-surface after AHL graduates helped Dallas pull within inches of advancing to the NHL’s final four.

“I feel I’m on the right track,” Laxdal said. “It’s opportunity, right? You’ve got to find an organization that’s willing to give you a chance to coach at the NHL level, head coach or assistant coach… I feel my four years and what I’ve done in junior and the pro level, I’m ready for the National Hockey League game.”

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

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