Dallas Stars Daily Links: Bowness Tells All

The Stars’ head coach talks about tweaks to the system, playing opportunities for prospects, and more. Plus, the top goaltending prospects around the league, the importance of NMC and NTC clauses, and more.

A contract hasn’t been signed yet, but Rick Bowness will be the Dallas Stars’ full-time head coach next year. His return provides some stability to what has unfortunately been a tumultuous coaching carousel in Dallas the past several years.

Just because Bowness is returning, however, doesn’t mean that there won’t be any changes:

“I think there is room for improvement on both specialty teams... We’ll continue to address the offense. And with all that being said, we’ll never lose our identity; team defense wins. And we’re going to continue to stress that, but we are also going to continue to improve in those other areas that give you a chance to win. You can’t just rely on winning 2-1 every night. There are some games you’ve got to score some goals, and we need to be able to do that.”

One way Bowness could improve the Stars’ offense would be to lean on some of his younger players. With the Stars staying quiet in free agency, prospects like Jason Robertson and Ty Dellandrea will have a chance to make an impact:

“The young players will all be given a really good chance so they can help us. Maybe not immediately, but show us as the season progresses they are going to improve to the point where they are going to help us get into the playoffs or help us in the playoffs. But they’ll all be given a good opportunity and real good look. They deserve that.”

You can hear more from Rick Bowness, including injuries in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, his coaching staff, and more, in his interview with Sean Shapiro here.

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