The Dallas Stars are in the midst of trying to find their next head coach this offseason. One of the main things that they are looking for in the next coach is someone who could generate some consistent offense. The top two coaches that the Stars might take a look at are the Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern and Windsor Spitfires Head Coach Marc Savard. Here is why either coach could send a strong message to the entire NHL next offseason.
Dallas Stars Coaching Candidate Jeff Halpern
Tampa Bay Assistant Coach Jeff Halpern has one strong resume that the Dallas Stars should seriously consider. Right now he’s a two-time Stanley Cup Champion as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning who are now going for their third straight title this season.
According to Bryan Burns, Manager of Communications for TampaBayLightning.com, in Halpern’s first season as an assistant coach, he was responsible for a top ten power play unit in the NHL with a 28.2 conversion rate. That is something drastically that the Dallas Stars need after all the extra man opportunities they failed on in the postseason.
Also according to the article, he likes to work 1-on-1 with players that he coaches. Maybe he could rekindle the flame of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and they could become top ten players once again. He’s a coach that the Dallas Stars should really consider.
Dallas Stars Coaching Candidate Marc Savard
Windsor Spitfires head coach Marc Savard is turning heads in the Ontario Hockey League right now. According to Windsor Star Reporter Jim Parker, Savard should be in the running for Coach of the Year in that league.
According to Parker’s article, Savard turned the Spitfire’s penalty kill which was last in the league during the 2020-21 season and turned it into the league’s second-best penalty kill this season. The Spitfires finished with a 36-9-2-1 record and finished the season on a 13 game winning streak.
The reason why he will probably get an interview is Savard currently coaches Wyatt Johnson who is one of the Stars’ top prospects. Since he turned Wyatt Johnson into one of the best players in the league, I can only imagine what he can bring out of this Dallas Stars roster we currently have now.
Now there is a chance that neither candidate could end up being the Dallas Stars’ next head coach. If the Stars want to turn this team around quickly and become a threat in the Western Conference, these are two candidates that they should take a hard look at.