It’s the last week of July 2022, and the Dallas Stars still have a lot of weird offseason tension in the room. But one of the biggest sources is new head coach Pete DeBoer – or rather, what he will have to work with and what he will do as a result.
This, at least, can be examined and understood. Saad Yousuf from Athleticism examined DeBoer’s history and hires at length, and he offered his own interpretation of what they will mean for the Victory Green Gang, starting with the offense:
DeBoer understood upon taking the job that there would be little room for roster upgrades in his first offseason at the helm. In addition to adding [Mason] Unfortunately, the Stars haven’t done much to improve the roster this summer. It sheds light on how DeBoer will choose to use the plays he has differently in order to be more effective, especially offensively, than the Stars have been.
A notable change from past years is that DeBoer does not consider a designated line of control. In recent seasons Radek Faksa has centered a line of control that featured Blake Comeau and Andrew Cogliano at one point and last season included Luke Glendening and Michael Raffl. DeBoer’s approach is to build lines that provide enough confidence to be on the ice in both offensive and defensive situations.
Special teams could be trickier. With the departure of top-tier defender John Klingberg all but assured at this point, DeBoer has some juggling to do:
Klingberg is the longtime power-play quarterback in Dallas, so his departure will be a big change. Miro Heiskanen will be part of the best power play unit. [Jason] Robertson, [Roope] Hints and [Joe] Pavelski is also expected to keep his place in the top unit. [Tyler] Seguin is a decent bet for fifth on the top unit, but that’s something that will be settled in training camp.
The second unit contains much more plot. For a, [new assistant coach Steve] Spott prefers to use one defender and four attackers on both units. While that doesn’t mean it will always be structured that way, especially depending on the situation – such as a late change – that will be the preference. Last season, the Stars had four viable defenseman options for the power play and the solution of the previous regime was to hand the keys to the top unit to Klingberg, allow Ryan Suter the point on the second unit and make play Heiskanen on the half wall. on the second unit. Thomas Harley was the odd one out.
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During this time, the team’s outreach to underrepresented communities was noted and honored.
around the leagues
The Hockey Canada scandal is exploding, and it’s making a nasty noise.
Rick Westhead, who has made it his mission to escalate player safety issues, has been there from the start. It’s a great tracker if you want to keep track.
MPs preparing to question Hockey Canada officials on Wednesday about their response to an alleged sexual assault in 2018 do not know how much HC paid to settle a lawsuit.
I am told that this detail was redacted before MPs received the settlement documents and related NDA.
—Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) July 26, 2022
Speaking of player safety, this might sound like a “Pope is Catholic, 10-year-old story” moment, but it’s a pretty (read: really) big deal.
In the UK, the dominoes are already falling.
More than 100 former rugby players are taking legal action against World Rugby and the national governing bodies of England and Wales over what they say was a failure to protect them from permanent injuries from repeated concussions . https://t.co/XMxt7lRfLH
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) July 25, 2022
Greetings from Scenic Cedar Park
You know how your parents always said that you should plan ahead for your future happiness? Good….
The 2022-23 regular season schedule is here! Check out all the upcoming dates, times and opponents this season!
We look forward to seeing you all #IsItOctoberYet
— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) July 21, 2022
Meanwhile, the Cedar Park team also won those offseason awards. Congratulations, Stars of Texas!