No doubt about it, the Dallas Stars were one of the most disappointing teams of the 2016-17 NHL season. After making a run to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015-16, the Stars fell flat on their face last year due to weak goaltending and some questionable defense.
Now, with several offseason changes including the re-introduction of former Stars bench boss Ken Hitchcock, the Stars look to be back on the right track. Team captain Jamie Benn and superstar center Tyler Seguin like what they’ve seen from GM Jim Nill this offseason and fully expect the team to do big things in 2017-18.
“I knew we had things we needed to address,” said Seguin to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. “We got Bishop, and I was like, "That's awesome. [He's] one of the best goalies you can get right now." We went out and got Methot and I was like, "OK, we got the goalie and the D-man." Then we got Hanzal, and I'm like, "Heck that's a good summer." So I called Jamie Benn and, sure enough, we got Radulov. That was the cherry on the cake. We got the feeling from the organization that, "Hey we're kind of going for this."
And Seguin isn’t the only one who thinks the Stars are going for it. The team seems to be a popular choice amongst fans to be the breakout team for 2017-18. Can they bounce back and get themselves back into the playoff race? They certainly have the offensive firepower and with Bishop taking over duties for the departed Antti Niemi, their chances look better than ever.