For the second consecutive summer, the Stars welcomed in a new coach, highlighting an otherwise quiet offseason in which Dallas operated on the edges of the roster.
Here’s a quick look at the new faces.
Head coach Jim Montgomery: Montgomery enters his first season as an NHL coach this season after spending five years at the University of Denver, where he won a national championship in 2017.
Assistant coach Rick Bowness: After the past five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and defensemen like Victor Hedman, Bowness arrives in Dallas. He’s also been the head coach of the Jets, Bruins, Senators, Islanders and Coyotes.
Assistant coach Todd Nelson: Nelson was the head coach of Grand Rapids in the AHL, and will assist with the Stars’ power play units.
Defenseman Miro Heiskanen: Last year’s No. 3 overall pick, Heiskanen will pay his first season in North America. The 19-year-old Finn has already garnered Calder Trophy buzz.
Forward Blake Comeau: Comeau stays within the division with a move from Colorado to Dallas. He signed a three-year deal with the Stars, and will likely move up and down the lineup.
Goaltender Anton Khudobin: One of the top backup goaltenders in free agency this summer, Khudobin inked a two-year deal with Dallas to serve as insurance for Ben Bishop.
Forward Valeri Nichushkin: Nichushkin isn’t a new face entirely, but he’ll be back in Dallas after he spent two seasons playing in the KHL. He was the Stars’ first-round pick in 2013.
Defenseman Roman Polak: The veteran physical defenseman should serve as a seventh defenseman and slide into the lineup depending on injuries or matchups.
Where are they now?
The Stars allowed some veteran depth players to walk during free agency. Here’s where they ended up.
Defenseman Dan Hamhuis: Signed a two-year contract with Nashville that averages $1.25 million.
Forward Antoine Roussel: Signed a four-year contract with Vancouver that averages $3 million.
Defenseman Greg Pateryn: Signed a three-year contract with Minnesota that averages $2.25 million.
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen: Remains unsigned.
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