The news that the Dallas Stars are looking to hire veteran head coach Peter Bebur to replace Rick Bowness on their bench should come as no surprise.
This is a team built by GM Jim Neill to win now, and while DeBoer has had his fair share of ups and downs as an NHL coach, he will need to hit the ground running with the Stars and avoid facing Jakell. -Hyde’s results that plagued Dallas last season.
In the 2021–22 season, the Stars flew out of the gate after winning just three of their first nine games (3–4–2). A seven-game winning streak was a big relief for Dallas fans shortly thereafter, but that streak was followed by a five-game loss. Consistency remained a problem for the Stars throughout the season, but their defense, especially goaltender Jake Ettinger, helped them make the playoffs. However, playing against a Calgary team that Edmonton would field on defense in the second round, the Stars simply didn’t show enough offense—scoring a total of five goals in their four losses to the Flames—and lost in seven games. .
That gave the Stars just three home-ice playoff games, not enough for team owner Tom Gaglardi. In the highly competitive Central Division, which formed five playoff teams last year, Dallas can’t afford to take a step back, or even a step to the side, for that matter. Three of the four teams behind them in the center scoring (Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks) could do better in 2022-23, and four post-season teams could rebalance in the Pacific Division . unlike the three teams that did so last year.
With all this competition, DeBohr and the Stars will have to squeeze every last drop out of longtime franchise cornerstones Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Séguin, 30, had just 25 assists and 49 points in 81 games, his worst offensive record since 2012/13, when he had 16 assists and 32 points in 48 games. Seguin’s days of scoring points per game may be over, but he’s signed to a $9.85 million salary cap for five more seasons.
Meanwhile, Benn’s performance drop was even more dramatic; The 32-year-old scored just 18 goals and 46 points in 82 games in 2021/22, better than in 2020/21 (11 goals and 35 points in 52 games), but otherwise the worst result of the entire season. the results of his 13-year career in the NHL. Benn signed for the next three seasons with a $9.5 million cap and there will be no team lined up to take on that cost.
So together, Benn and Seguin make $19.35 million in the cap. Unsurprisingly, Neill was unable to re-sign defenseman John Klingberg for a contract extension. Neill has $19.5 million of free space this summer but only has 17 players under contract and some rival GM will be more than willing to give Klingberg a substantial boost in his 2021-2022 salary of $4.25 million. so the Stars either match that or lose the key gear in their protection case. In addition, Neill needs to re-sign with restricted free agent Jason Robertson and find a suitable backup for Ettinger.
That’s what DeBoer should be working on this year. An aging core of strikers, an above-average group of blueliners (with or without Klingberg) and a dynamic young goalkeeper. In three seasons, DeBoer won far more than he conceded with his previous team, the Vegas Golden Knights (with a 98-50-12 overall), and the Stars expect him to be at least as good a player for them. , At once.