3:28 AM EDT, Sun June 26, 2022
Stargazing, Episode 176: Future Considerations

Stargazing, Episode 176: Future Considerations

SOON. | Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Derek Neumeier joins Wes and Mark to talk about the Stars’ best prospects, the 2022 NHL Draft, and why you need to be very, very excited about Wyatt Johnston. What have the last few seasons of Dallas Stars hockey taught us? That speedy puck movers are the wave of the future (provided your team hasn’t decided to play throwback puck)? That right-handed defenders must be protected at all costs (until they aren’t)? That there’s never really a logjam in goal?... Derek Neumeier, head Western scout with FC Hockey...
Defending Big D Jun 23, 2022
What We Learned: Jim Nill’s “Succession Planning”, Pete DeBoer’s Three Prong Approach To Improving Offense

What We Learned: Jim Nill’s “Succession Planning”, Pete DeBoer’s Three Prong Approach To Improving Offense

Glenn James/Dallas Stars Some thoughts after general manager Jim Nill introduced Pete DeBoer as head coach to the media Wednesday. Come what may, the Dallas Stars have committed to their (next) new direction when they hired Pete DeBoer as head coach officially on Tuesday. DeBoer signed a four year deal, and many wondered if the fact that Jim Nill was entering the last year of his five-year contract extension signed back in 2016 that ends after the 2022-23 season had influence on who he hired. The answer, based on the introductory press conference on Wednesday, is that...
Defending Big D Jun 22, 2022
Wednesday Links: Pete DeBoer Officially Hired as Head Coach

Wednesday Links: Pete DeBoer Officially Hired as Head Coach

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via The long-time NHL head coach was officially hired by the Stars yesterday for 4-years, $4.25M annually. Plus, analysis on the hire, the NHL Awards winners, and more. It’s official — Pete DeBoer is the 25th head coach in Dallas Stars history: “Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we’re thrilled to name him our next head coach,” [general manager Jim] Nill said. “Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultra-competitive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs... His...
Defending Big D Jun 20, 2022
Report: Pete DeBoer Set To Be Named Next Stars Head Coach

Report: Pete DeBoer Set To Be Named Next Stars Head Coach

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via If this is the hire, what will the Stars look like next season? It has been reported by several outlets in the past day that the Dallas Stars are expected to hire Pete DeBoer as their next head coach. Hearing that Peter DeBoer will be the next head coach of the Dallas Stars.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 20, 2022 It’s not quite done yet, and something could still happen to keep DeBoer’s hiring from becoming official. However, it seems that this is the direction things are trending for the Stars. Dallas Stars and Peter...
Defending Big D Jun 17, 2022
Stargazing, Episode 175: The Bench Press

Stargazing, Episode 175: The Bench Press

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now? Taylor and Mark discuss what the Stars need in a new coach - and what they may actually be looking for. It’s mid-June already, and it may be safe to say that the Dallas Stars’ search for a new head coach is going to be longer and more comprehensive than rumor would lead us to believe. But what can we expect from the successful candidate...and how might the Stars’ definition of “successful candidate” differ from what you expect? Can the Stars find a bench boss who can integrate their veteran talent with...
Defending Big D Jun 17, 2022
Friday Links: Learning From the Finalists

Friday Links: Learning From the Finalists

Photo by Derek Leung/ What lessons can the Stars takeaway from the Avalanche and Lightning? Plus, head coaching hires, looking ahead to the offseason, and more. The Stanley Cup Final is underway, which means it’s time for the annual tradition of examining what teams can copy from the finalists to improve their own Cup chances next year. For starters, both teams have done a great job at acquiring new, inexpensive talent in not only free agency, but also via trading, something the Dallas Stars haven’t done much of for awhile: It helps that [Joe] Sakic and Lightning GM...
Defending Big D Jun 15, 2022
Wednesday Links: With Or Without You

Wednesday Links: With Or Without You

Photo by Derek Leung/ Saad Yousuf examines one of the offseason’s most important questions in his latest mailbag. Plus, Finals fever, the Flyers make their move, and more. The 2022 NHL Draft is nearly a month away – so what do Dallas Stars fans do to pass the time until then? Why, chat online endlessly about the Dallas Stars, of course. The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf has been taking plenty of questions since the Victory Green Gang’s first-round playoffs exit. And he leads off his latest mailbag with something many Stars die-hards will find very hard to take. He...
Defending Big D Jun 10, 2022
Friday Links: Stars Search – Head Coach Edition

Friday Links: Stars Search – Head Coach Edition

Photo by Courtney Kramer/NHLI via GM Jim Nill discusses what he’s really looking for in the next bench boss. Plus, Vegas’ odds on the next coach, Trouba buys trouble, and more. The Dallas Stars have a fairly consequential to-do list for the 2022 offseason, and Job One is identifying the next leader behind the bench. Where will the Victory Green Gang find their next head coach, and what will they face once they get here? The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf talked with Nill about the Stars’ future – including the major task of finding a bench boss who can help define...
Defending Big D Jun 6, 2022
Monday Links: Moving Forward With Benn And Seguin

Monday Links: Moving Forward With Benn And Seguin

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The Bennguin days are past, but both players can - and must - be factors on the ice. Plus, the Lightning strikes back, Bergeron makes history, and more. However excited you may be over the Dallas Stars’ current and rising prospects, their future success will probably depend on the activation of their talented (and highly paid) veterans. The paradigms for this picture are Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin – whose very best days are behind them, but who can and must be more of a factor on the ice next season. The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf took a...
Defending Big D Jun 1, 2022
Wednesday Links: Gurianov’s Future

Wednesday Links: Gurianov’s Future

Photo by Derek Leung/ Will the divisive forward be back in Victory Green next season, or might the Stars use him as a trade piece? Plus, prospects updates, the Conference Finals are underway, and more. The Dallas Stars have several pending restricted free agents to decide upon this offseason. A couple of them — Jason Robertson and Jake Oettinger — are in for a nice payday, but perhaps the most intriguing one is Denis Gurianov. The 2015 first round draft pick has always been a divisive player, adored by many fans for his offensive flair but a source of frustration...
Defending Big D May 27, 2022
Friday Links: Flames Fans Now Know What Sabres Fans Felt Like in 1999

Friday Links: Flames Fans Now Know What Sabres Fans Felt Like in 1999

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Controversy in the playoffs? Never heard of it. In 1999, the Dallas Stars lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup. As they celebrated, the Buffalo Sabres thought that the goal shouldn’t have counted because of the infamous foot-in-the-crease courtesy of Brett Hull. To this day, Sabres fans are still bitter about the ruling that it was a good goal even though the rule had changed in the season. It appears that Calgary Flames fans now find themselves in the same boat. Late in an exciting game, tied 4-4, Dallas native Blake Coleman appeared to score...

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