Dallas Stars News and Notes

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Marc MethotBy Richard Pollak

Veteran Methot’s return could not have been soon enough
Marc Methot is bringing a lot of energy and attitude to the
Dallas Stars after missing 26 games this season because of knee
surgery .
The veteran defenseman’s impact has already been felt. Methot was
acquired from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in a trade last
summer and paired with Stephen Johns…Dallas’ third defensive pair.
Methot had two shots and was plus-1 in his return, earning plaudits
from first-year Stars coach Ken Hitchcock.
“That (Methot and Johns) was good pair for us. They’re big,
they’ve got size and they can make plays,” Hitchcock said. “I thought
they did a good job.”
That victory marked the first time Johns and Methot have been
paired together. Earlier this season, Methot mostly skated alongside
John Klingberg, a potential NHL All-Star for the first time this
season.
“Yeah, it was good,” Johns said of skating alongside Methot. “We
were working off each other and playing physical. I think that’s what
we need to do to be successful, try to be that pair that nobody wants
to play against.”
But should Hitchcock reunite Klingberg and Methot later this
season, it’s a reunion the young Swede would welcome.
“He’s a big part of our D core,” Klingberg said. “First game back
after 26 games out, you could tell he made a difference right away
just with his presence and his leadership. He’s a big part of our team
and it’s great to have him back.”
Hitchcock feels Methot’s return to that unit should provide an
immediate lift on special teams.
“There’s a lot of goals that have gone in on the power play that
wouldn’t go in if Marc was there because Marc knows angles and he
knows positioning better than anybody on our team on PK,” Hitchcock
said. “He’s a great player on PK and knows exactly how to play.”

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