As we all know the Dallas Stars are in the midst of of a complete overhaul as of late. Glen Gulutzan was the last in the musical coaching charade. The coaching vacancy comes as no surprise as Gulutzan failed to lead the team to the playoffs. In his defence though, it might have been hard dealing with some of the decisions Joey Nieuwyndyk made but, I digress.
The coaching position of any hockey team is never an easy one (unless your Dan Bylsma. Let’s face it, he had it in the bag.); it’s an extremely daunting task. Hockey players have attitudes and like to speak and let their opinions be known if the team isn’t heading in the right direction. And don’t forget about management breathing down your throat. You need somebody with the right balance of each (and a strong hockey sense obviously) to have your team flourish.
Enter John Tortorella.
Let’s go over a couple of things. The Dallas Stars strive and are proud of their American hockey history. Case in point Mike Modano, Derian Hatcher, Jamie Langenbrunner etc. Why not have an American-born coach who currently, as of March 17th of this year, he holds the most wins in NHL history to lead your team. (Most wins for an American born coach.) That in itself is an unbelievable accomplishment and sure to be one he hold for a while.
The Dallas Stars are going to be very scary. They are a very young team with an incredible amout of depth. The AHL affiliated Texas Stars are phenomenally doing their jobs in shaping and moulding the Stars of tomorrow. Although a lot of the players didn’t play up to their standards this year, they need a proven leader and one who is not afraid to, mind my french, pussy-foot around and instill some discipline.
Tortorella’s take no guff style and his intimidating demeanor behind the bench is something the Dallas Stars need. They need to be taken seriously in order to become a contender in the already strong Western Conference. They already have enough talent to go a long way.
In this writer’s opinion, Dallas could deeply benefit from a guy like Torts. Along with the hiring of Jim Nill as General Manager, this could be a coach/GM tandem that could last. The fieriness of Torts and determination of Nill will and should motivate the players to play at their best.
The future is bright for Dallas. They just gotta wear shades.
Anyway, just my two cents.
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