Well, the first month of the 2011-12 NHL season is in the books and through their first 11 games, the Dallas Stars have an 8-3-0 record and sport an impressive point total of 16. So, it's safe to say the Glen Gulutzan era is off to a roaring start here in Big D. But the hiring of Gulutzan wasn't the only change for the local club this season.
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame later this fall, was also quite busy, signing guys he felt would help make the club much tougher to play against, one of Gulutzan's more oft-repeated mantas.
So, how have those newcomers fared thus far? Well, here's a look.
Jake Dowell---The former Blackhawk has settled in nicely as the sometimes center of the fourth line. A close friend and ex-college teammate of Adam Burish, who he also played with in Chicago, Dowell has brought grit and toughness to the ice whenever Gully has put him out there. In fact, that grit and determination is what his new head coach partic...