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Offseason Report: Dallas Stars

Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

Stars Ice Girls in Jaromir Jagr jerseys

From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

42-35-5, 89 points. 10th in Western Conference, fourth in Pacific Division.

Additions

Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney, Derek Roy (trade), Cody Eakin (trade), Aaron Rome

Departures

Steve Ott (trade), Adam Pardy (trade), Sheldon Souray, Mike Ribeiro (trade), Jake Dowell

2012 Draft

13th overall – Radek Faksa (C – Kitchener Rangers – OHL)

Looking back

Dallas’ season started off with the team looking like one eager to avenge their missed opportunity to make the playoffs.

They were on top of the West after a month, on top of their division after two months, but once the calendar flipped to 2012, things got very average. The Stars ultimately finished six points out of the playoffs in what turned out to be tougher-than-it-appeared Pacific Division.

Loui Eriksson proved he’s the team’s best player while Jamie Benn is their emerging superstar. Michael Ryder also stunned many by potting 35 goals. Unfortunately for Dallas, those three along with Mike Ribeiro turned out to be most of their offense. Eric Nystrom’s 16 goals turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Looking forward

Dallas is going back to the future by adding a pack of 40-plus guys. Jagr and Whitney should help pick up the offense and Roy will provide them with a solid playmaker. A healthy year from captain Brenden Morrow would be a major plus.

Where Dallas has the most questions is in their depth. Young defensemen like Philip Larsen and Brenden Dillon may get a chance very quickly to prove their worth. Alex Goligoski may be a man on an island when it comes to generating blue line offense otherwise.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of the Stars’ 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

(Photo: Dallas Stars’ website)

  1. mattryannolan - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Seriously, please ban this guy. I mean he sounds like a 7th grade boy who just learned what his penis is.

    Aside from that? I think the Star will be better. This Brandon Dillion guy will Larsen are going to be a good tandem. Along with that the sky’s the limit for Eriksson and Benn I see them having monster years. Again it’s what it has been for the past 4 years…. If the defense can step up it’s there. Kari will be great again with Bachman. BIG things from the Stars this year hopefully.

    • mattryannolan - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Also getting ride of Ribiero and Ott were solid moves. Ribiero was past his time here and honestly half assed it a lot. Ott was a tougher pill to swallow but we need more depth scoring and hopefully a young guy can step up.

    • polegojim - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      PHT – thank you thank you thank you!!!

  2. DED - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Hey PHT,

    Get this guy under control. You’re just losing viewers. In fact, I’m taking the rest of the month off from this site. I’m going back to BleacherReport. See you in a month. Hope you figure out a way to get rid of this jerk.

  3. hockinj25 - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Is that the only picture of the Stars you could find?

    • kotteintheslot - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      i personally clicked on this story soley because of the picture

      • hockinj25 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        I didn’t say it was a bad picture. I’m sure they used that one to get more clicks.

  4. mattryannolan - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    You’re almost too funny. You’re like Carlos Mencia. You’re like the everyone wants to kill themselves when listening to you funny.

  5. polegojim - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Folks –

    Don’t respond to his posts, no matter which screen name he uses.
    Don’t even ‘thumbs down’ his comments.

    Some people thrive on attention, negative or positive. Even a thumbs down is validation to them.

    Ignore and don’t rate.

  6. mclovinhockey - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I like how they didn’t know who to put in the cover picture so they were like these two ladies are more interesting than any of the stars right now haha.

  7. anarchist9027 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    For real tho, Jagr is like a sleeze, he will go to who ever is willing to give him as much money as he thinks he’s worth. Im surprised that old dinosaur can still skate let alone score goals

  8. chubbedjox - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Guess what, u can keep trying to ban the Soup Can Army, but we will ALWAYS return! U CANT KEEP A GOOD CAN DOWN!

    • anarchist9027 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Can an Admin, I mean technologically advanced admin, block this idiots IP Address from getting on to the site or something. This is really getting annoying with this as*hole already……

  9. ron05342 - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Why did you guys show two women in Stars’ jerseys?

    Really?

  10. scaisunstoppable - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    thank you jim for making the army grow stronger!!!! muhahhahahahhhaahah GIRTH USA

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