Stars Poised For Bounce Back Season Next Year
By Patrick Hoffman
This past season was an absolute disaster for the Dallas Stars.
They failed to make the postseason, their starting goaltender got hurt at the wrong time, and they just simply could not get it done down the stretch when they needed to.
With all of that said, the Stars are going to bounce back next season. For starters, they will have a fresh voice in the room.
After Ken Hitchcock decided to retire from coaching, the team went out and named Jim Montgomery the club's new head coach. Montgomery comes from the University of Denver where he spent the last five seasons as head coach of their hockey team.
In Montgomery, the Stars have a guy that will bring a fresh perspective to the team. He will have new ideas to preach to his highly-talented offense along with ways to get through to youngsters as he has spent the last 13 years working with 20-somethings, which is key because this is a young man's game now.
Secondly, if starting goaltender Ben Bishop can stay healthy, this team should be able to get back to the playoffs. In my mind, his knee injury is what cost the Stars a playoff spot.
Bishop was actually really good in his first year in Dallas. He finished the year with 26 wins and posted a 2.49 GAA, a .916 save percentage and five shutouts in 53 games.
This team will also bounce back because of their offense. With the likes of Jamie Benn (79 points), Tyler Seguin (78 points), and Alexander Radulov (72 points), the team has a front three that can compete with anyone.
Montgomery will get the rest of the team's offense going. He will implement a system that will focus on puck-possession, being creative with the puck, and applying pressure when they do not have the puck, all things that made is Denver hockey club so successful.
While it's hard to think about next season right now with the Cup Final going on, Stars fans should be excited for next season and should be prepared to be contenders once again in both the Central Division and Western Conference.
Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.