Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars

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The Dallas Stars have not had a decent playoff run for over a decade. They’ve only made it to the playoffs three times in the last 10 seasons.
Dallas started off the season strong and looked like the most improved NHL team. That was until the team collapsed in March. An eight-game winless streak during a critical stretch made the Dallas Stars start to fall and so did their chances of making it into the playoffs.
The Dallas Stars top forwards are Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov which have combined for 103 goals in the last season (2018/19). The Stars have ensured Tyler Seguin stays with them for a long time as they have signed the center to an eight-year extension worth $9.85 million per year on average.
John Klingberg, who led all NHL defensemen in points for most of the season, was called upon on a nightly basis to play 25 to 30 minutes, including a high percentage of all Dallas power-play minutes. Only John Carlson of Washington logged more power-play time during the regular season than Klingberg. The defender was one of the team’s most improved players this season. But he, too, seemed exhausted by the end of the regular season with all the demands put on him.
In 2017-18, Ben Bishop and Kari Lehtonen looked like a reliable tandem until they weren’t. Bishop went down with an injury, Lehtonen couldn’t smoothly transition from backup back to the starting role, and the Dallas Stars hit a serious slump that ended up causing them to miss the playoffs. On July 1st, the Stars agreed to terms with backup vetern goaltender Anton Khudobin, on a two-year $5 million contract. He will be replacing Lehtonen.
Even though the offseason for the Stars didn’t consist of much they did announce that former first-round pick Valeri Nichushkin will return. He agreed to return to the NHL after playing two seasons in the KHL for CSKA Moscow. Nichushkin signed a two-year deal, worth $2.95 million a season. After spending those two seasons in the KHL, Nichushkin has a chance to establish himself as a solid NHL forward. He has the ability to improve the pressure of the first line and play a key role on the second power-play unit this season.
Jim Montgomery was hired as coach of the Dallas Stars in the offseason. The 48-year-old has coached the past five seasons at the University of Denver and won the NCAA championship in 2017. He replaces Ken Hitchcock, who retired April 13. Montgomery said he wants the Stars to push the pace and pressure opponents.
Overall, this year’s expectations for the Dallas Stars is that they will be battling it out with the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild for the third spot in the division. It will be interesting if Montgomery can energize the team early on. Dallas Stars fans hope to see the secondary scoring becomes visible and reliable as well with the goaltending will show up this season.

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