The Dallas Stars have not been the dominant team they were expected to be this season. The Calgary Flames however, have been RED HOT. In their last ten games, the Flames have been 7-2-1, while the Stars have struggled at 4-5-1 and sit 11th in the Western Conference.
In their most recent faceoff, the Stars showed that they need to clean up their defensive coverage. Johnny Gaudreau had two breakaway opportunities, only to score on the third try off a pretty 2-on-0 with Alex Chiasson.
The Dallas Stars need not only a goalie, but better defensive coverage as well. Is it time for the Stars to fire their head coach Lindy Ruff? Under Ruff, the Stars have a record of 141-96-36, which is just over a .500 winning percentage. His record with the Stars hasn’t been particularly great. This season, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have been good, but not the dominant duo that they’ve been known to be. Defenceman John Klingberg hasn’t producing offensively either, with only two goals and ten assists in 25 games. 2015-16 saw him score 10 goals and 48 assists, and was expected to be a lot better this season. Are the Stars struggling because Lindy Ruff’s system of play doesn’t fit with today’s NHL and a young Stars team?
If you compare the Stars to the Calgary Flames, a huge reason why the young Flames team has been successful as of late is the transition of coaches from Bob Hartley to Glenn Gulutzan.
It took time for the Flames to adapt, and now they’re looking like they could be the best team in the Western Conference. Could the Dallas Stars follow suit?
Two coaches that the Dallas Stars could pursue are Gerard Gallant and Travis Green. You might not have heard about it, but the Panthers fired Gallant last week. Gallant guided Florida to a first place finish in the Atlantic with 103 points. Travis Green is head coach of the Vancouver Canucks’ AHL affiliate, with a 119-89-31 record. Green was rumoured to replace Bruce Boudreau, only to see Randy Carlyle take over.
I’m sure Ruff is loved by his players. But it might be time for a change for a young Dallas Stars team. The only reason not to fire Ruff is the parade of injuries; Patrick Sharp, Ales Hemsky, Mattias Janmark and Jiri Hudler. If you have those four guys, the Stars would be a lot better. Maybe the first step is trading for a goalie. What should the Stars do?