Dallas Stars News and Notes

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

May 1, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns (28) skates against the St. Louis Blues during game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. The Blues win 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

By Richard Pollak

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Stephan Johns can help to assuage their worries. The 25-year-old blueliner endured a difficult 2016-17 campaign, in which his on-ice production suffered and healthy scratches eroded his confidence. But Johns has adjusted his attitude to take those obstacles in stride,
“My mindset coming into this year was if you don’t play, work harder,” Johns said. “We’re all part of the team and all part of the process, and we all have to chip in whenever possible. I think I took the ‘healthies’ too personal last year, and this year I don’t care what happens to me, just so long as we win.”
The Stars’ new, more conservative defensive system clearly works better for Johns, but he also credits assistant coach Rick Wilson with creating a good environment:
“We’re allowed to make mistakes. When you allow mistakes to happen, less mistakes happen,” Johns said. “You don’t worry about making mistakes, and when you make a mistake, you’re not worried about going to the bench and having [a coach] screaming and hollering at you. He’s just letting you know what you need to do better.”


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