The Dallas Stars had a chance to make the playoffs later in the season. They were battling it out for the 7th and 8th spot with a number of teams and came up short. They won six of seven games in a two week stretch to put themselves into the race, but dropped the last five games of the season, and ultimately dropped any hopes of being a playoff team. The Stars had the opportunity and let it slip. They finished the season with 48 points and with a record of 22-22-4.
The Dallas Stars were led by Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn each with 12 goals. Alex Goligoski ended the season with a team high 24 assists. The Stars made a few moves last off-season to try and push the team into a playoff run. They added veteran stars like Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney. The moves didn’t get the team exactly where they had expected and the Stars dealt Jagr to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline.
The Dallas Stars have now missed the playoffs for five straight seasons. Only two teams have playoff droughts longer, the Winnipeg Jets (including 4 seasons as the Atlanta Thrashers without getting into the playoffs) at six years, and the Edmonton Oilers at seven years.
The Stars playoff drought led to a change at GM, and former Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill took the job after the end of the season. Nill started his campaign as the Stars GM by trading for and signing veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar to a two year deal. Nill also pulled in former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff to take over behind the benches.
The presence of veteran defender Sergei Gonchar should help solidify the defense in Dallas, and should help goaltender Kari Lehtonen out in net this next season. The Stars are ready to reload and make another push to try and break this five year playoff drought that is hovering over their heads. The team needs to solidify the offense and depth a bit more, but that’s what the off-season is all about isn’t it?
Well, with that, I just have one question that I would like you all to answer for me. Am I the only one that finds the new Stars jerseys to be absolutely God awful?