One of those options? Giving 34-year-old center Jason Spezza some time on the wing.
That’s what the Stars’ head coach told the Dallas Morning News on Friday:
Q: How do you see Martin Hanzal and Jason Spezza in regards to the center position?
Hitchcock: To me, Hanzal is a center. The role Jason will have is a split duty role, and if I play Spezza on the wing, it will be a left wing. Jason will play a lot of center and some wing. We need to start with the puck, so he’s definitely going to be taking draws on his strong side.
Q: So will Spezza and Hanzal play on the same line?
Hitchcock: Probably not. You could see Faksa on a line with Hanzal. I think those two could fit well together.
Having Tyler Seguin, Spezza and Hanzal gives the Stars a pretty good 1-2-3 punch up the middle, if that’s what Hitchcock chooses to do, with the possibility of Seguin centering a line with Jamie Benn and Alex Radulov, another big free agent signing this summer for Dallas.
The Stars have made a number of significant moves this off-season with the intention of getting back to the playoffs and back into contention for top spot in the Western Conference after a disappointing 2016-17 season.
Spezza was among those that struggled last year in Dallas, as he scored only 15 goals and 50 points in 68 games.