2014 Dallas Stars Season Preview
The Dallas Stars had a breakthrough year in 2013. The young Stars were one of the surprise teams in the NHL Western Conference, compiling a 40-31 record and finishing in the 8th and final playoff spot in the West. The Dallas Stars trip to the NHL playoffs was the first for the team since 2008 and shows the fruits of the team’s multiple year rebuilding effort. This success has the Dallas Stars booming with confidence coming into the 2014-15 NHL season. Young team leader Jamie Benn returns and only promises to continue to evolve into one of the top players in the Western Conference. He will have plenty of help from Tyler Seguin and the addition of Jason Spezza has the Dallas Stars primed to be an offensive juggernaut in the Central Division. In a tough Western Conference the Stars look to be on the rise and should be a strong contender to make the playoffs for a second straight year.
2013 Dallas Stars Season Preview
The Dallas Stars are trying to rebuild once again, as they missed the playoffs in 2013 and traded off some big veterans in the process in an attempt to get younger and more robust for the next few years. Lindy Ruff is now in charge of the team after spending 15 years as manager of the Buffalo Sabres, and new general manager Jim Nill has brought in a litany of new players to compete for positions on the lines. Sergei Gonchar, Rich Peverly, Shawn Horcoff, Chris Mueller and Dan Ellis have come into the Stars organization, while Loui Eriksson was the biggest offseason departure. The Stars will be at home for much of the month of January, and will need to excel at the American Airlines Center if they want to make the Western Conference playoffs this season. On January 2nd, the Canadiens come into Dallas, followed quickly two days later by the Red Wings. Also on the menu for January are the Islanders, Bruins, Wild, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Avalanche.
2011 Dallas Stars Season Preview
Last season’s fantastic start, which saw the Stars sit atop the Western Conference standing for a little while, spun out of control toward the end. They lost out on the last playoff spot to the Blackhwaks, as well as their franchise center Brad Richards to free agency. However, General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk didn’t sit on his hands during the offseason, and his hoping these moves translate into a consistently excellent 2011-12 season. It may be tough to lose your star center, but Nieuwendyk’s hoping former Bruin Michael Ryder will continue to score the way he did in last year’s Stanley Cup chase, where he contributed 17 points in the 25 games it took Boston to win the Cup. Ryder also has a history with Dallas’ Mike Ribiero, and their years in Montreal resulted in season highs in scoring and points for both. The team also brought in Adam Pardy, Radek Dvorak, Jake Dowell and Vernon Fidder for depth’s sake because of the loss of so many players in the offseason. Defensively, the blue line will rely on the 34-year-old legs of Stephane Robidas, who will continue to log big minutes for the Stars. However, if they are to make the same type of push similar to the first 2/3rds of 2010-11, then Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski will need to step up on power plays to help Robidas and spread the TOI to fresher legs.
2010 Dallas Stars Season Preview
The Dallas Stars are in the middle of a transition process, and as such finished well out of a playoff spot last season. Stalwarts of the franchise, such as Mike Modano and Sergei Zubov, have moved to other teams, and Dallas will likely miss out on the postseason again as they look to climb their way back to the level of prominence they occupied earlier this decade. The Stars' offense will be led by last year's leading scorer Brad Richards. The standout center amassed 91 points with an impressive 67 assists, and while it will help having him run the scoring attack, he will not have much in the way of offensive help. Although Loui Eriksson has potential on the left wing, and James Neal may be a reliable option, they may not have a potent enough line up to compete with a strong Western Conference. Defensively, the Stars have a number of question marks, most notably in goal. The departure of Marty Turco to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks is a big hit, and it will be difficult to find a solid replacement. Kari Lehtonen appears to have the starting job, but he is injury prone and they have little depth at the position.
2009 Dallas Stars Season Preview
The Dallas Stars have new stuff on their mind as they head into the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Stars opened up a new minor league franchise in Cedar Park, Texas - the Texas Stars in 2009. Dallas also hopes to improve upon their record last year and grab one of the Western Conference playoff spots in 2010. Stars Head Coach Marc Crawford and captain Brenden Morrow are going to be pushing Dallas to make sure they do achieve their goals this year.