Howdy there Stars fans! We are currently in the dog days of summer without much noteworthy information from the Dallas Stars. From now until camp opens in September, most of the Stars related information will be rough ideas of how lines should look, how defensive pairings should be made, and on and on and on.
We only received a couple questions about the Stars within the past week. The questions were actually answered by Dallas Stars personnel themselves. Here are the questions and what GM Jim Nill and President Jim Lites had to say about them.
Will Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky find themselves on the same line this season?
Here is what Elliote Friedman (Rogers Sportsnet) had to say when he talked to Stars GM Jim Nill about the possibilities of re-uniting the former Sens teammates:
“The Stars’ plan for Ales Hemsky is to start him with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. “They are shooters,” GM Jim Nill said. “We need a passer with them.” Asked who Spezza gets, Nill first mentioned Valeri Nichushkin. After living with a local family much of last year, he is now on his own. Nill expects a similarly big step on the ice in the player’s second season, and lining up with Spezza could do that”
Based on this small piece of information from Nill and Friedman, the Stars like the potential combination of Hemsky with Benn and Seguin, while Spezza will centre young forward Nichushkin to begin the season.
Will Dallas get alternate jerseys?
When I first saw this question asked on Twitter, I thought that there was no way the Stars would consider adding another jersey so soon after the rebranding effort of last summer. Stars President Jim Lites had an interesting take on the whole situation in his “Ask The President” interview that was posted on the Stars official website earlier in the week.
“Discussions about a third jersey have begun. I tend to be of the opinion that we don’t even think about it in the short term because we need people to understand that that logo is our logo and that color and those uniforms are our uniforms. So the best way to make those uniforms important is to win in them and to get people used to that being our look. … with that said, we’ll look into it for sure.”
In short, Lites says that alternate jerseys are likely still a couple years out. The Dallas Stars must first cement themselves as a consistent playoff contender in order for an alternate jersey to be seriously considered.
Thanks for the questions this week Stars fans! Continue to send questions via Twitter (@BlackoutDallas) and leave your comments below.