The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network are now on day nine of our NHL season preview. I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season. Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews. It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs. Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals without tearing up their city….again.
Today, Fansided writer Austin Waldron from Blackout Dallas looks at all the changes that are taking place in the lonestar state. A team that will threaten for a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference, but finds themselves in a sea of change. Besides the fact that the team could be sold, the Stars this season will have to experience a new coach, Glen Gulutzan, the loss of Brad Richards, and a roster that doesn’t contain a superstar, but a unit of hard working players.
Austin’s initial comments on the changes Dallas:
For the Stars some of the changes happened right away. A new coach in Glen Gulutzan coming up from the Stars’ AHL team and taking over as head coach after the firing of Marc Crawford (thank you Joe!) started the summer off for the team. Of course what followed shortly after was not what most of the fanbase wanted, but most of us knew it was coming. GM Joe Nieuwendyk fought and tried a wait-and-see approach with new ownership that never came, and eventually had to just let the team’s top offensive threat go. Brad Richards is now of course residing somewhere in NYC as he prepares to play for the New York Rangers for probably the remainder of his career, and the Stars are now down on all-star.
I see Dallas in a dogfight to make the 8th spot. There is a glutton of teams that you can group in the 6th to 10th spot, and I put Dallas in that mix. New to their team is the enigmatic Michael Ryder. Ryder who is coming off a Stanley Cup win in Boston in my mind is in the downside of his career. He is gifted with a great shot, but cursed with a sometimes indifferent style of play. Sheldon Souray who also possesses a blistering shot from the blue line has his own demons to beat. Staying healthy. After spending a season in the AHL at 35 years old, Souray is out to prove that was a mistake and that he can still bring value.
Brenden Morrow happens to be a player that I like a lot. Typical North American style. Gritty, plays hard, and good enough to score goals (33 last year), Morrow is a player I’d love to have. Unlike Mike Ribeiro who somehow continues to put up points while avoiding contact most of his career.
For the rest of the Stars preview take a look here.
Sunday’s preview features the Detroit Red Wings.
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