Dallas Stars Daily Links: Polak’s Role Moving Forward

Polak played top-four minutes last season, but will he continue to do so next year? Plus, Jeff Skinner re-signs in Buffalo, walking down memory road, and more.

When the Dallas Stars re-signed defenseman Roman Polak, perhaps the biggest question that came to mind was, “where in the lineup will Polak to play?”

Polak wasn’t meant to play top-four minutes this season but ended up playing them anyways. This time around, the hope is that he won’t have to:

“He shouldn’t be playing No. 4 minutes, he shouldn’t have to,” [Jim] Montgomery said. “But if we could slot him and have him and Jamie Oleksiak playing against (Patrick) Maroon in the (Blues) series, then I think we’re in a much better place.

Polak gets a lot of heat for his awful possession stats, but that’s also to be expected for defensive defenseman. Besides, he also brings in intangibles, and you can’t put a price on that:

“He’s someone who helps you win,” Montgomery said. “The life and energy he gives to our team is something analytically that you can’t judge. I’m ecstatic to have him back.”

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