I too was surprised to see the Stars miss the playoffs this season due to what, on paper, looked like a team that should have not only made the playoffs, but possibly contend for the division.
That said, and upon closer inspection however, it seems this iteration of the Dallas Stars is like a car built from parts from varying manufacturers...all with varying degrees of quality (from top of the line down to standard parts).
Nothing working coherently, nothing optimized, nothing that takes FULL advantage of the available capabilities.
Add in a coach whose playstyle philosophies clashed heavily with what the team is actually good at (defensive clog n check coach vs. some really outstanding offensive players), AND the Stars playing in the toughest division top to bottome in the NHL and it's not hard to see why the Stars didn't quite get the formula right and instead of a race car, ended up with a nice hot rod with some serious deficiencies.
Yes, certain players didn't play up to expectations, but I have to wonder if the players available were set to play in a different manner, if Dallas perhaps meets a better fate after 82 games.
Well, now Coach Hitchcock is done and if the Dallas Stars truly know anything about the kinds of players they have, then they will get a coach that can cater to those abilities AND continue their search for good defensive type players, maybe look into getting a decent backup when Ben Bishop has his bouts of IR time.
They certainly have the cap money to play with...just gotta uses it wisely.
Absolutely not IMO. Stars' defense is too weak, and Goaltending, even with the addition of Bishop remains just average. I really laughed when they signed Hanzal after being totally useless during his stretch with the Wild.
I see the eventual whereabouts of Seguin tied in directly to John Tavares.
The Isles didn't move him and he didn't resign, they missed the postseason, if he walks, signs with someone else and the Isles lose a superstar for literally nothing I could see Nill aggressively shopping Seguin if a deal isn't reached by early summer. If the Isles poor asset management costs them a superstar for zilch, IMHO no way no how does Seguin begin the year in big D without a deal. I would say the priority is to resign him but the next priority would be to determine IF he can be resigned. Nobody with half a brain wants to be the next Garth Snow.