Dallas Stars Issues: Team leaders failing their teammates
When Dallas Stars Captain Jamie Benn first took the “C” in 2013 he was a young, tough, 5 tool player that would become a top winger in the NHL. Jamie Benn encapsulated the “whatever my team needs” mentality that a Captain has to have. Being a power forward archetype, however, is a grueling task that wears the body down. This is an explanation for what we’ve seen as of late. Benn seems almost passive on the ice, like he doesn’t know how he can find the skill he once had. His play, and subsequently his teammates play has suffered for it. Jamie Benn can still be an asset for this team, he could even wear the “A” for a while, but his days with the “C” should be numbered. The time has come for someone else to take the mantle. We should always be grateful for what Benn has done during his time as Captain, he is one of the best in Stars history. A new Captain, however, would inject life into this team. Losing the “C” would also take the burden off of Jamie and let him play his game again.
The Stars also have an issue with having road and home Alternates, which should be done away with expeditiously. The Stars need consistency in their leadership, which will come with a changing of the guard. There are plenty of eager younger players and some Vets with gas in the tank that will compose the leadership core they need to push for excellence game in and game out. Miro Heiskanen being solidified with his new contract as the future of this organization could step into that role soon, Esa Lindell’s calming presence on the PK as he enters the prime of his career could be an option as well. If the Stars can put these into motion, it could be what shakes the team up and allows our players to get back on track for a deep playoff run. The Stars have their struggles, but they’re always resilient and can bounce back given the proper nudge.