Dallas Stars Aiming to Raise the Stanley Cup This Season

Avery Klatsky, Senior Editor

A new season of the National Hockey League (NHL) is quickly approaching, and all 31 NHL teams are looking for a chance to raise the Stanley Cup in 2019.

Unfortunately for hockey fans in the state of Texas, the Dallas Stars, Texas’ only NHL team, missed the playoffs for the second time in two seasons. Despite good seasons on behalf of Captain Jamie Benn (36 goals, 43 assists), Tyler Seguin (40 goals, 38 assists), Alexander Radulov (27 goals, 45 assists), and John Klingberg (8 goals, 59 assists), Dallas was not able to secure a playoff spot.

The Stars were able to notch 92 points last season, winning 42 games, losing 32, and having eight losses in overtime. However, that was not enough to surpass the Nashville Predators (117 points), Winnipeg Jets (114), Minnesota Wild (101), Colorado Avalanche (95) and St. Louis Blues (94). Of the aforementioned teams, all but the Stars and Blues made it into the postseason. Had St. Louis beaten the Avalanche in their final game of the season, they would have replaced Colorado as the second wild-card team in the Western Conference.

Though the Stars were sent packing early from the 2017-18 season, they did make a few moves in the offseason. Here is a short look at their transactions:

June 2018:

Extended D Stephen Johns to a three-year contract

July 2018:

Signed RW Blake Comeau and LW Adam Mascherin (three-years), G Anton Khudobin, RW Valeri Nichushkin, and LW Michael Mersch (two-years), G Colton Point (three-year, entry-level contract), D Joel Hanley and RW Erik Condra (one-year), D Roman Polak (one-year) and C Joel L’Esperance (two-years).

Re-signed C Jason Dickinson (one-year), G Philippe Desrosiers (one-year), C Devin Shore (two-years), D Dillon Heatherington and Forward Mattias Janmark (one-year).

August 2018:

Re-signed C Gemel Smith (one-year).

The Stars also hired a new coach, Jim Montgomery, who was the head coach of Denver University’s hockey team from 2013 to the end of the 2018 season. Montgomery led Denver to win the NCAA Championship in the 2016-17 season and took them to the Frozen Four (semi-finals of the NCAA Championship) the year before that. In his five seasons as Denver’s head coach, he registered a 125-57-26 record.

The Dallas Stars’ first home game of the 2018 season is against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m at the American Airlines Center.