Season 25, Report 1
Stars coach Jim Montgomery preached “The Process” when he was the head coach at the University of Denver. His process was made up of seven individual goals the coach wanted his team to focus on accomplishing during the game. If the team won at least four of the seven then they typically won the game. Montgomery is bringing five of the seven process goals with him to the NHL level. They are as follows:
- Win 56% of faceoffs
- Win the special teams battle
- Win the net-front battle
- Zero undisciplined penalties
- Three or fewer odd-man rushes
My guess is Montgomery believes accomplishing at least three of these five goals will lead to wins. I am looking forward to tracking this and seeing how it translates at the NHL level.
First Time Caller, Long Time Listener
Speaking of the first year head coach, Montgomery is days away from making his debut as an NHL head coach. Thirty-one men have coached their first NHL game at the start of a regular season since 2005. The odds are actually better than I expected, but 58% of the first year head coaches failed to make the playoffs in Year 1. Take a look:
MADE THE PLAYOFFS
- Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 2005-06 (98 points)
- Jim Playfair, Calgary Flames, 2006-07 (96 points)
- Joe Sacco, Colorado Avalanche, 2009-10 (95 points)
- Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche, 2013-14 (112 points)
- Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings, 2015-16 (93 points)
- Kevin Dineen, Florida Panthers, 2011-12 (94 points)
- Brent Sutter, New Jersey Devils, 2007-08 (99 points)
- Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators, 2011-12 (92 points)
- Guy Boucher, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2010-11 (103 points)
- Dave Hakstol, Philadelphia Flyers, 2015-16 (96 points)
- Mike Johnston, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2014-15 (98 points)
- Todd McLellan, Edmonton Oilers, 2008-09 (117 points)
- Willie Desjardins, Vancouver Canucks, 2014-15 (101 points)
MISSED THE PLAYOFFS
- John Anderson, Atlanta Thrashers, 2008-09 (76 points)
- Phil Housley, Buffalo Sabres, 2017-18 (62 points)
- Bill Peters, Carolina Hurricanes, 2014-15 (71 points)
- Trent Yawney, Chicago Blackhawks, 2005-06 (65 points)
- Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche, 2016-17 (48 points)
- Scott Arniel, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2010-11 (81 points)
- Glen Gulutzan. Dallas Stars, 2011-12 (89 points)
- Dallas Eakins, Edmonton Oilers, 2013-14 (67 points)
- Peter DeBoer, Florida Panthers, 2008-09 (93 points)
- Bob Boughner, Florida Panthers, 2017-18 (96 points)
- Todd Richards, Minnesota Wild, 2009-10 (84 points)
- Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild, 2011-12 (81 points)
- Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens, 2006-07 (90 points)
- John Hynes, New Jersey Devils, 2015-16 (84 points)
- Scott Gordon, New York Islanders, 2008-09 (61 points)
- Jack Capuano, New York Islanders, 2010-11 (62 points)
- Wayne Gretzky, Phoenix Coyotes, 2005-06 (81 points)
- Travis Green, Vancouver Canucks, 2017-18 (73 points)
Ritchie Trade Scenarios
After struggling to score last season and not separating himself in this year’s training camp and pre-season, Stars forward Brett Ritchie may find himself on the trade block. He certainly appears to have lost his fourth line spot. The Stars could keep Ritchie and use him as a depth forward, but it may be time to move on from the former second round draft pick.
Two teams that could be interested are the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes as both teams had forwards go down with injuries this week. Anaheim’s Corey Perry is expected to miss five months after having knee surgery and Arizona’s Alex Galchenyuk is expected to miss multiple weeks with the always mysterious lower body injury.
Anaheim is the most logical fit with Brett’s brother, Nick Ritchie, already on their roster.
Did You Know
… when 19-year-old rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen makes his NHL debut next Thursday night he will be the youngest blueliner on a Dallas Stars opening night roster since 2007 when 21-year-old Matt Niskanen debuted for the Stars. Niskanen was a success early in his career after being paired with Sergei Zubov. Niskanen has had an impressive career after being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011 averaging over 20 minutes of ice time and more than 30 points per season. He also won his first Stanley Cup last season as a member of the Washington Capitals.
The last word this week goes out to Sports Radio 1310 (and 96.7 FM) The Ticket as it was announced yesterday that the Stars and The Ticket have agreed on a five-year broadcast rights extension. The new agreement will run through the 2023-24 season. The Ticket has a limited number of segments dedicated to the Dallas Stars, but does a good job of delivering the biggest names to its audience. During the hockey season, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh appears weekly on the Dunham and Miller morning show, Tyler Seguin appears weekly on BaD Radio, and The Hardline has had a regular segment with both Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock over the last few years. The five-year extension is good news for Stars fans, but it’s time for a dedicated radio broadcast. The simulcast makes no sense in 2018 as a TV broadcast rarely translates into radio gold. Bonus Did You Know … the Stars are the only team in the NHL without a dedicated radio broadcast team. The team has gotten away with this arrangement because of the popularity of Reaugh, but it’s time end the simulcast.
Brian Roe is the founder and head writer of The Roe Report. He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars and has been a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, NHL Intel, and more. Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.