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How The Dallas Stars Could Make A Trade For Erik Karlsson And Bobby Ryan

from Josh Lile of the Dallas Morning News,

Trading for Erik Karlsson is a complicated process made even more complicated by the Ottawa Senators insisting that teams take winger Bobby Ryan as part of a deal. This has been a persistent theme since the trade deadline when the Vegas Golden Knights almost acquired the duo. As far as I've heard the Stars aren't taking Bobby Ryan back despite that likely being the easiest path to completing a deal, and they have good reasons not to want any part of Ryan.

But, they should strongly consider taking Ryan back if that's what it takes to get Karlsson....

Ryan is due $7,500,000 in each of the remaining four years of his contract, which is why the Senators want to attach him to an Erik Karlsson deal. Ottawa paid a $2,000,000 signing bonus on Sunday, and he's due one every July 1st for the remainder of his deal. The price tag is hefty, particularly given what he brings production wise, but he isn't an awful player. The Stars could get some use out of him, and perhaps even revive him with better linemates with a chance of moving him next offseason.

Adding Ryan with Karlsson would push the Stars about $4,100,000 over the salary cap assuming Mattias Janmark signs, and closer to five million over with a 14th forward added to the roster. The Stars could then move Spezza to get back under the cap, but that opens up another hole at center. Martin Hanzal on long term injured reserve is an option if he isn't healthy enough to play, but even that barely would give the Stars enough room.

A more likely and reasonable option is asking Ottawa to retain some of the salary owed to Ryan.


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Morning Line- Mac Engel

The shame in this is that there is no major sport that has a collection of more approaching, or agreeable, athletes than hockey. The people who cover it want to be as big as the people who play it, coach it, and run it.

But when a sport, at least in the U.S., includes well over $1,000 in start-up costs for a kid to play it, it's not hard to see why that growth is limited.

So the NHL Draft is coming to town, and chances are good you have not heard, because the home team still can't get it together.

-Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram.  More on Dallas hosting the NHL Draft.

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Dallas Stars Announce The Hiring Of Todd Nelson As Assistant Coach

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has appointed Todd Nelsonas Assistant Coach. Nelson will serve under newly-appointed Head Coach Jim Montgomery.

"We are pleased to have Todd joining our coaching staff for the 2018-19 season," Nill said. "Todd's experience at various levels has produced a successful coaching style that is defined by his ingenuity and his ability to get the most out of his players. He brings an experienced, yet innovative hockey mind with him to the club, and we are excited for the impact he will make behind the bench."

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Ken Hitchcock On Why He Stopped Coaching

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

For those who think Hitchcock didn’t leave after one season back behind the bench on his own terms, he begs to disagree. His five-year deal with Stars owner Tom Gaglardi assured he would move from coach to consultant. It just didn’t say when.

“I think I’ve had enough," he said. “I think the coaching part...is over."

There’s a considerable pause between "coaching part" and "is over." It suggests he has come to terms with it more than he has completely embraced it. But Hitchcock talked about the physical grind wearing him down this season, that he believed he was mentally sharp but eventually could not accept the hours the job demands.

He has lost 40 pounds since the Stars’ season ended and plans to drop a few more. Life on the road wears on Hitchcock in many ways, and too many carbs becomes just a different kind of problem from too many defeats.


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Afternoon Line- Jim Montgomery

“On the ice, for the Dallas Stars fan, if you can think of an adjective of what we’re going to look like, it’s going to be relentless. We’re going to be a puck possession team and we’re going to try and make plays everywhere on the ice. When we don’t have the puck, we’re going to pressure you so we can get it back and make more plays.”

“I think you look at the championship teams that have won in the NHL,” he said. the teams play a certain way. There’s structure to their game, but there’s creativity and flair to it, too. You have to let horses run. Everyone should look the same when we don’t have the puck and when we do have the puck, everyone should play to their strengths.”

-Jim Montgomery, head coach of the Dallas Stars.  Rory Boylen of Sportsnet has more.

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Jim Montgomery Is The New Coach For The Dallas Stars

via the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the hiring of Jim Montgomery as the team's head coach. Montgomery will become the 23rd head coach in franchise history and the eighth in Dallas Stars history.

"We are extremely happy to announce Jim as the head coach of the Dallas Stars," Nill said. "He has achieved success at every level throughout his coaching career, establishing a unique culture around every team that he has led. He has created a standard of excellence by building trust with his players, while putting systems in place that allow his teams to compete for championships season after season."

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Report- Ken Hitchcock Expected Tor Retire From Coaching


added 11:04am, Dallas press release is below.

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Has Ken Hitchcock Coached His Last Game In Dallas?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There's a chance Ken Hitchcock coached his final NHL game Saturday.

He is the third-winningest coach in league history with 823 wins. After Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Hitchcock leads the Stars with 319 wins and is second in line behind Mike Modano in terms of franchise icon status. He is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.

What's more, he is a heck of a guy with a heck of a story -- and this chapter might be over.

Hitchcock is on a long-term contract with the Stars, but the coaching part of that contract is to be explored after each season. Should the Stars believe there is a better option out there to coach the team, Hitchcock can be promoted to an advisor's position. As we survey the NHL landscape just one day after the regular season, there could be better options out there.

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Changes Expected In Dallas

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News held a live chat recently,

Who are your top 3 most likely to depart from this season's team?

Heika: I would say Kari Lehtonen, Jason Spezza and Antoine Roussel. I think they need a new back-up goalie, that Spezza just isn't a fit anymore, and that Roussel will probably find a better deal elsewhere. 

What do you think Dallas could get out of a Jason Spezza trade? And how much of his salary would they have to retain do you think?

Heika: In my opinion, the best option is to eat half his salary for one season and trade him. I think a different coach in a different system could get more out of him, and a potential second line center on a one-year deal at $3.75 million should have value in this league.

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Define The Style Of The Dallas Stars

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answered some questions for the fans...

Mike, explain to me what happened. The Stars hired Jim Nill who favored the puck possession style that made the Red Wings so successful. They were one of the most entertaining teams in the league even when they lost. I remember the then coach of the Blues saying this is the future of the NHL.

Two glaring weaknesses needed to be addressed: goaltending and a defensive defenseman. These problems were addressed with the Ben Bishop and Marc Methot signings.

The Stars then hired the dump and chase, goals don't matter, boring style coach.

Was this decision made by Tom Gaglardi?

Heika: I think the owner had a hand in the decision, but the GM had to approve. Ken Hitchcock defends his style as a lot like what Pittsburgh runs or Tampa Bay or Nashville. He said he wants an aggressive offensive plan of attack that pushes the puck into the offensive zone and relies heavily on forwards winning puck battles to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

It's not that different from Detroit in theory. The Red Wings controlled the puck with skill, the Stars want to control the puck with work. They both want to spend a lot of time in the offensive end. Hitch does not like to hear that he coaches boring hockey.

The key to what he does is it requires a lot of work and talent in the forward group, and he might not have that just yet. There is a real chance that if he stays and has better talent in the forward group, his team will look a lot less boring.

Of course, that's all in theory.

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