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2012 was a year of change for the Dallas Stars. Tom Gaglardi assumed ownership of the organization at the end of 2011, and he started to put his fingerprints on operations soon after.
On the ice, the Stars once again faded down the stretch, falling short of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Gaglardi promised change, and he delivered. Off the ice, he brought in some fresh blood (and a familiar face) to help get things back on track.
When Dallas acquired Derek Roy this summer, I thought the move was a great one for the team. Not only did they massively upgrade the second line center spot, but they added an accomplished top-six forward still in his prime. And the best part – they bought low. Continue reading
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Regardless of what is contained in the new yet-to-be-agreed-upon CBA between the NHL and NHLPA, the contract landscape in the league is going to be very different than it was between 2004-05 and 2011-12.
Regardless of what you may think, neither the owners nor the players want the ongoing CBA negotiations to result in a lockout, but both sides have made preparations to remain off the ice for the first few months of the 2012-13 season.
Dallas, perhaps more than any other team in the NHL, is in the middle of a significant transition. Off the ice, a new ownership regime has brought with it renewed hope and optimism, and that has translated into a busy summer with regards to the on ice product. On paper, the top six forward group is as strong as it has been in a long time. There are still holes to fill at forward and on defense, but an underrated prospect group will have something to say about that.
Here are a few reasons why I see the Stars benefiting from a delayed start.
Since the 2011-12 regular season concluded a few months ago, the Dallas Stars have overhauled their top six forward group. Gone are Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott. Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney, and Derek Roy have joinedJamie Benn, Michael Ryder, and Loui Eriksson as the players that Dallas will reply upon th supply the bulk of the offense.
The potential bottom six forwards were analyzed in my debut piece last week – you can check that out here.
Will the Stars be a better team with the changes? Let’s find out.
When I went to watch the visiting Kelowna Rockets play the Vancouver Giants during the 2007-08 WHL season, I was excited at the opportunity to see two of the top draft-eligible defensemen for 2008 – Tyler Myers and Luke Schenn. It was impossible to miss either of them on the ice – Myers, a 6-7 behemoth, controlled the play with his rangy skating and incredible wingspan. Schenn was a physical specimen who made forwards think twice of dumping it in to his corner. However, I left the game that night with one Kelowna Rocket fresh in my memory, and it wasn’t either of the defensemen. Number 14 dominated with his size, skill, and offensive instincts.
I asked a question that night that was likely repeated by many amateur scouts that season:
“Who the heck is Jamie Benn?”