Dallas Stars training camp gets underway Friday and along with it comes the sense of optimism that the regular season is just around the corner. The past fades into the rear-view mirror, and it's time to look ahead.
It's a new season and a fresh start.
After making some big splashes in the offseason in previous years, the Stars were relatively quiet this summer. No flashy signings, no flashy trades. There was some quality time in the rumor mill though, and the rumors and speculation continue to pop up now and then.
But the Stars made some tweaks to the lineup, are counting on some youth, and the big change came behind the bench where Jim Montgomery will take over after establishing himself as one of the top coaches in college hockey at the University of Denver.