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It’s Dallas Stars day on PHT

Aug 17, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Jamie Benn, Mike Modano AP

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Dallas Stars.

Last season marked yet another disappointment for the Stars. They finished last in the Pacific Division and missed out on the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Doing that while trying to bring fans back to American Airlines Center is rather counterproductive.

This season, they’ll have a lot of new things going for them. New uniforms, a new division, a new coach, and a new set of forwards including a potential star forward who ran into some troubles with his previous team. Is it all going to be enough to get Dallas back to the playoffs? That’s why they play the games.

Offseason recap

Things were a bit busy in Dallas this summer.

Coach Glen Gulutzan was fired and Lindy Ruff now takes over behind the bench. GM Joe Nieuwendyk was ushered out of office and replaced by former Red Wings guru Jim Nill. Meanwhile, top forward Loui Eriksson was dealt to Boston in a blockbuster deal that netted them hotshot forward Tyler Seguin and steady veteran Rich Peverley.

Speaking of steady veterans, the Stars also traded for Edmonton center Shawn Horcoff and Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Veteran goalie Dan Ellis was also brought on board to give Kari Lehtonen more consistent support.

The Stars went the veteran route the previous offseason adding Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr only to see that not exactly work out for the best. This time around they solved issues up the middle and added a real X-factor in Seguin. If his off-ice distractions were a real issue and they’re put aside, the Stars may have found the perfect young guy to team up with their own stud forward Jamie Benn.

After making so many moves, no matter what the Stars will be a team to watch. As they dig into the new Central Division, if things break right they very well may be back in the playoffs.

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  1. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Besides the Flyers, this is the team I’m most interested to see play. I love what Nill is doing down there and Ruff is a solid coach. Very interested to see how the young guns (Benn, Seguin, Nichuskin) develop.

  2. beaver15 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Nichuskin will be a treat to watch. Seguin paired could be a dangerous pair. It’s a bit easier to play in Dallas where expectations aren’t as high as Boston. Poor Eriksson will be eyed like a Hawk from Bruins faithful

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