Stars adding depth of the center position

Stars adding depth of the center position

Credit: Getty Images

TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 5: Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his third goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL action at The Air Canada Centre November 5, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Print
Email
|

by GEORGE RIBA

Bio | Email

WFAA Sports

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM

FRISCO -- The Dallas Stars are in the middle of a three-day development camp, but that's not what has been making the headlines this week.

Instead, it's the way they've been shoring up the position of center.

"The roster has been turned over, y'know," said Stars General Manager Jim Nill. "We had some weaknesses that needed to be addressed. Center ice was one of those we had to look at, and so we've added three guys to that position over the last two days, which is important for our organization."

Important, because when he was hired in April, Jim Nill said the Stars had no depth at that position. The deal with Boston brought Rich Peverly to Texas, along with 21-year-old Tyler Seguin, who still has the Stars gushing.

"He's 21 years of age, and if you go down the list of top center iceman in the game of hockey today, his name would be at the top of the list," Nill said.

Friday, the Stars added another center, 34-year-old Shawn Horcoff from Edmonton. He has been the Oilers team captain since 2010.

"We've addressed out needs," said Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff, who was hired just weeks ago. "Now it's putting the pieces in the right place and getting them to play well together, but we've definitely filled the needs."

"Shawn Horcoff will bring us a great veteran presence," Nill said. "When I came on, it’s one think I mentioned. We needed to add some veteran presence."

There are a lot of changes still possible in the days and weeks ahead, but so far, about a third of the players that were here when the season ended earlier this year are gone. Add that to the fact that there's a new general manger and a new head coach, and this is a team headed in a different direction.

"You know myself, coming from an organization for 16 or 17 years, and Jim coming from an organization for 18 years, even bringing in a player like Horcoff, who has been with Edmonton for a lot of years, so you know a lot of things have changed," Ruff said. "The dynamics of the team has changed, on the ice and off the ice."

Changes that the Stars hope will make them a contender in the not-so-distant future.

E-mail griba@wfaa.com

Print
Email
|