The Dallas Stars hope to become a permanent Stanley Cup team and believe new head coach Peter DeBoer can make it happen.
DeBoer was named head coach on June 21, replacing Rick Bowness, who resigned on May 20 after the Stars were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Calgary Flames in seven games. Dallas missed the playoffs in 2020-21 after reaching the Cup Final the previous season.
“He’s been a huge hit and I think he’s the right guy for our team at this time,” Stars general manager Jim Neal said on June 22. Good transmission. We have a great group of players and we have a great group of young players coming in.
“The organization is in a good position. The key is finding the right person to be able to bring all this together.”
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Since the 2011-12 season when he led the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Final, DeBoer’s teams have made the playoffs seven times in his ten full seasons, and he’s reached the Cup Final twice (also 2016 with the San Jose Sharks).
The Stars were led by their top attacking line from the left wing Jason RobertsonCenter Rob Hintz and the right wing Joe Pavelsky Last season. Pavelski led them with 81 points (27 goals, 54 assists) in 82 games, Robertson, a restricted free agent, was second with 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) in 74 games, and Hintze was third with 72 points (37 goals and 35 assists) in 80 games. Subsequently, a sharp decline in production occurred; straight ahead Tyler Seguin He was next with 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) in 81 games.
“Our challenge in Dallas is to become more of a one-liner team, which I think a lot of people out there last year,” DeBoer said.
The Stars, who scored 2.84 goals a game last season (21st in the NHL), need more secondary goals and will look to veterans like Seguin and forward. jimmy benWho scored 46 points (18 goals and 28 assists) in 82 games.
Dallas signed forward Mason March to a four-year contract on 13 July in the hope that he can strengthen the offense. He had 47 NHL points (18 goals, 29 assists) in 54 games with the Florida Panthers last season.
“Mason checked a lot of boxes for what we felt our needs were initially as a group,” said Stars assistant general manager Scott White on July 13. “He’s big (6-foot-4, 209 pounds), he can skate. “He’s produced a good team, and he’s got a lot of 5-on-5 time as well in his production. We think there’s a lot of ceiling, he’s kind of a late bloomer. It’s been a great year, and it’s been a competitive market for him. We feel like we’ve upgraded our group up front.”
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The Stars’ biggest loss was a defenseman John Klingberg, who signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on July 29 as an unrestricted free agent. but with Miro Hiskanen Up front, the Stars are content with their defensive depth. Heiskanen scored 36 points (five goals and 31 assists) in 70 games and led them in ice time per game (24:53).
“The nice thing about Dallas is that Heskanen is the number one guy on defense,” DeBoer said. “You can only get these guys if you’re lucky in the draft. That’s a great cornerstone with him and I’m excited to find another level, get him a step further. And that, for me, is where he starts.”
The Stars still need to sign a goalkeeper Jake OettingerHe is a restricted free agent. He was 30-15-1 with a 2.53 goals against average, 0.914 save percentage and one shutout in 48 games (46 starts) last season. Oettinger had a 1.81 GAA and a . 954 save percentage in seven playoff appearances.
Scott Wedgwood (3-1-3, 3.05 GAA, . 913 save percentage, one stop in eight games) and Anton Khedubin (3-4-1, 3.63 GAA, . 879 in nine games), who is recovering from an arthroscopy of the right hip and labrum repair he underwent on March 14, is expected to compete for the backup role.
Khodobin was the first choice goalkeeper for the Stars when they reached the cup final in 2020.
“or not [Khudobin] He gets ready for camp and is on the snow for camp. On July 13, White said That’s the Goal, “I know he wants to come back, so we’re looking forward to that competition.”