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Jeff Blashill On Ken Hitchcock And The Dallas Stars

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Although the Stars are in the Western Conference, there are plenty of ties that bind them to the Wings in addition to Daley.

First is general manager Jim Nill, who spent 19 years with the Red Wings, the last 15 of those as the assistant general manager.

Gemel Smith, a young center on the Stars, is the brother of Wings prospect Givani Smith, who is currently playing for the OHL's Guelph Storm.

Ken Hitchcock, the Stars' head coach, has faced the Wings many times as an opponent and has advised Wings coach Jeff Blashill.

"I got a chance to talk to Hitch a number of times last year, after he was let go in St. Louis," Blashill said. "He's a brilliant hockey mind, I don't think there's any doubt about that. He'll go down as one of the better coaches of all-time. It was really fortunate for me to have that time, I really appreciated it. He was a really good resource for me.

"They're going to not give you anything easy over time. They're going to reload like crazy. They're going to be a hard forechecking team. they're already heavy, so they already spend tons of time in the O-zone, that's what they'll be for sure. That's been whatever team he's coached has been."

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added 4:04pm, Mark Stepneski at the Stars website...

Ben Bishop will get the start in goal, and the Dallas Stars will inject some youth into the lineup when they take on the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center.

Bishop will be making his second start for the Stars. He stopped all 19 shots he faced in Friday's season opener, but was forced to leave the game early in the third period after getting hit in the mask with a puck and getting cut above his left eye. He received eight stitches, but he is fine now and looking to help the Stars get on track after an 0-2-0 start.

"It was our first two games together, and there were going to be some growing pains, but at the same time we've got to find a way to get points," Bishop said. "It just puts an emphasis on [Tuesday]. It's not a must-win, but we've got to find a way to get points."


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The Meal's avatar

“Although the Stars are in the Western Conference, there are plenty of ties that bind them to the Wings in addition to Daley.” 

Are we not missing the most obvious one?  Jim Lites

James R. Lites (born 1953 in Pentwater, Michigan) is an American sports executive who currently serves as President of the Dallas Stars of the NHL…
Lites had previously served as an executive in the front office of the Detroit Red Wings during the 1980s. He was instrumental in bringing Czech defector Petr Klima to the NHL.
Lites holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School.
Lites was formerly married to attorney Denise Ilitch, the daughter of Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. Lites left the Red Wings organization following the divorce.

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 10/10/17 at 05:19 PM ET

Paul's avatar

I thought of him too TM. Wonder if his name is off limits within the organization?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/10/17 at 05:21 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

I’ve always thought of the Stars as Detroit-light.  The Jim Nill thing made total sense.

FWIW, the Lites family had a summer home about three blocks away from the house where I grew up in Charlevoix.  When he moved onto Dallas, someone (a family member or well-intentioned prankster, I assume) put a big “Don’t Mess With Texas” bumper sticker on their mailbox which was there for years.

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 10/10/17 at 05:26 PM ET

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