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The Dallas Stars are hoping to become a Stanley Cup Playoff team and new coach Peter DeBoer can do just that.
DeBoer was hired on June 21, replacing Rick Bowness, who resigned after the Stars were eliminated in seven games by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs on May 20. Dallas missed the playoffs in 2020-21 after reaching the playoffs last season.
Stars general manager Jim Neal said on June 22, “He’s had a lot of great success and I think he’s the right guy for our team at this time.” Good transfer: We have a great core of players and we have good young players coming in.
“The organization is in a good place. The key was finding the right person to bring it all together.”
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Beginning in the 2011-12 season when he led the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals, DeBoer’s teams made the playoffs seven times in 10 full seasons and reached the Cup Finals twice (also in 2016 with the San Jose Sharks).
The stars were leading on the upper front line with their left wing. Jason Robertsoncenter Roope Hintz and the right wing Joe Pavelski Last season. Pavelski led them with 81 points (27 goals, 54 assists) in 82 games, free agent Robertson was second with 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) in 74 games, and Hintz was third with 72 points (37 goals, 35 assists) in 80 games. But after that there was a huge drop in production; in the future Tyler Seguin He had 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) in 81 games.
“Our challenge in Dallas is to be more than one lane, which I think a lot of outsiders have considered last year,” DeBoer said.
The Stars, who averaged 2.84 goals against last season (21st in the NHL), need more secondary scoring and look to veterans like Seguin and forwards. Jamie Benn.He had 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 82 games.
Dallas signed the forward Mason Marchment July 13 to a four-year contract in hopes he can fuel the offense. He had an NHL-high 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists) in 54 games with the Florida Panthers last season.
“Mason checked a lot of boxes in terms of what we felt was our need up front as a team,” Stars assistant GM Scott White said July 13. “He’s big (6-foot-4, 209 pounds), he can skate, he’s produced on good teams and we think there’s a lot of 5-on-5 time and a lot of ceiling in his production, he’s a late bloomer. He’s had a good year and he’s competitive.” It was a market. For him, we feel like we’ve improved our team up front.
Video: David Pagnotta on Mason’s March to the Stars
The biggest loss for the Stars was defense. John KlingbergSigned a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on July 29 as an unrestricted free agent. But in Miro Heiskanen Leading the way, the Stars feel good about their defensive depth. Heskanen had 36 points (five goals, 31 assists) in 70 games and led him in ice time per game (24:53).
“The good thing in Dallas is Heskanen is a true No. 1 (defenseman),” DeBoer said. “Unless you get lucky in the draft, you don’t get these guys. This is a big cornerstone with him and I’m excited to get another level. For me, this is where it starts.”
The Stars still need to sign a goaltender Jake OttingWho is a restricted free agent? He was 30-15-1 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 48 games (46 starts) last season. Oettinger had a 1.81 GAA and .954 save percentage in seven playoff starts.
Scott Wedgewood (3-1-3, 3.05 GAA, .913 save percentage, one shutout in eight games) and Anton Khudobin (3-4-1, 3.63 GAA, .879 in nine games), who is recovering from a right hip arthroscopy and labrum repair on March 14, is expected to compete for a backup role.
Kudobin was the Stars’ No. 1 goalkeeper as they reached the 2020 Cup final.
“Hopefully [Khudobin] He gets ready for camping and is on the ice for camping. That’s the goal, White said on July 13: “I know he wants to come back, so we’re looking forward to the tournament.”