Dallas Stars Fixing Weakness on Defense

For the tenure of the last 2-3 seasons, the Dallas Stars have been the equivalent of a run and gun style football offense. You might score 4o points, but you end up giving away 50 points of your own. Same goes for hockey, the Stars can put the puck behind the net 3-4 times like it’s nobody business, yet find themselves in the loss column by the time the final buzzer sounds.

Spearheaded by great talent such as Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, the Stars are a dark horse to win the central divison, but their defense has held them back from truly finding the team’s potential.

That might just change now thanks to some fine offseason upgrades. Trying to improve on their runner up league worst 3.21 goals allowed, the Stars are patching up some weaknesses by placing Ben Bishop in between the pipes.

Bishop has great history in goaltending offensive minded teams while also bringing knowledge of pressurized playoff energy, something the Stars have not had of late in their team history. Bishop has a share of injuries which might need to be worked around, though Kari Lehtonen can handle regular season moments.

He wasn’t the only free agent signing the Stars made. To make sure the burden isn’t carried by just Bishop, Dallas also now have the services of defenseman Marc Methot. What you need to know about him is he is all about hardcore defense, your body normally hurts after playing him. That’s exactly what the Stars need.

It’s not a complete makeup change but there should be an uptick in keeping those goals allowed numbers down.  They won’t be shutting people out left and right either, the Stars don’t need that.

Strong offensive right winger Alex Radulov was another move made, so the Stars have done their due dilligence in striving for a playoff appearance. Things are moving and shaking over in Dallas, lets just hope there’s the right choices.

Also, condolences to the friends and family of longtime Stars and hall of fame announcer Dan Strader, who sadly passed away at the age of 62 from a battle with cancer. RIP

 

Matthew Matera is a contributing writer for gmbsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @matty4_matera2, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your Google network

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