After one of the worst seasons in Dallas Stars history, fans put their faith in management to be active in the off-season and do whatever it took to get the Stars back on track. It wasn't a rebuild the team needed as much as a reload.
The Stars brought back Stanley Cup winning head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Former Frisco High School graduate Ben Bishop was brought in to be the Stars #1 starting goalie.
On the eve of the draft Ken Hitchcock announced his staff. Assistant coach Rick Wilson returns to head up the defense, and former Stars player (and fan favorite) Stu Barnes will run the power play. Curt Fraser was retained from the previous staff.
With the #3 pick in the draft the Stars selected the top defensive prospect Miro Heiskanen, then they traded up to nab the top goalie prospect Jake Oettinger.
After the Expansion Draft, the Stars acquired top-pairing defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a goalie prospect and a second-round pick in the 2020 Draft. Methot will most likely partner with John Klingberg as the Stars top defensive pair.
On day one of free agency the Stars signed top-6 center Martin Hanzal to a three-year, $14.25-million contract. Hanzal could slot anywhere in the top 6, most likely second line center between Jason Spezza and Mattias Janmark
The final exclamation to this "RAD" off-season came Monday when the Stars signed the top forward available in free agency, Russian Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25-million contract. I would expect Radulov to play on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
Check out some highlights of Radulov below, it oughta make you feel pretty good.
So the Dallas Stars have won the off-season, now that success must translate on the ice. The front office (and more specifically owner Tom Gaglardi and GM Jim Nill) have done their part. Now, it's up to Hitch and his staff to fit the pieces together.
I can't wait to get back at it. Is it October yet??