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Dallas Stars Have Many Options To Replace Head Coach

Dallas Stars Have Many Options To Replace Head Coach
Published On: Sat, Apr 14
Mar 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) and defenseman Stephen Johns (28) celebrate a victory following the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Dallas won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Its only been 24 hours since Dallas head coach Ken Hitchcock announced his retirement, but what coach might replace him has been a popular topic as multiple names have come up. While the job may not have the flashiness of the New York Rangers opening, the new head coach of the Dallas Stars will get an opportunity to work with top forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn as well as the talent of top defenseman John Klingberg and goaltender Ben Bishop. In fact, one could make the case the Stars might be the best team not to make the playoffs (outside of the New York Islanders).

While the Stars only got a one year out of Hitchcock, SportsDays Mike Heika writes general manager Jim Nill believes he laid the groundwork for the teams younger players to learn how to win in the NHL.

I think Ken Hitchcock did some great things, and I dont want that to go unknown, Nill said. There was a lot of growth here. I think what Ken Hitchcock has done in one year, the wealth of knowledge, how to play the game the right way for our young kids to understand what it takes to win, I think thats a big influence of Ken Hitchcock, and I think our next staff coming in is going to be rewarded because of the groundwork he did.

Heika is quick to point out that a top candidate to replace the 66-year-old coach could be former New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

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