Part of the problem with last year's unfortunate playoff miss had to deal with the Dallas Stars' lack of tenacity. Before the Stars' final stretch of games that ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Wild, the team could not win tough, physical, playoff-type games.
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In the aftermath of that loss, there is a new trend emerging with the Stars' recent moves in the offseason.
Some of the latest additions to the Stars through free agency and the draft may go a bit under the radar for now. &nbs...
New Dallas Stars forward Radek Dvorak is not the same hockey player he used to be.
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The veteran Czech enters his 16th NHL season as a reliable utility player, and now an asset of the Dallas Stars for the upcoming season. The former Panther, Oiler, Ranger, Blue and Thrasher has gone through all sorts of team types. Winning teams, losing teams, teams that made the playoffs, teams that didn't even come close.
The now young Dallas Stars team will come to love that veteran experience. The former first round pick of the Florida Panthers in 1995 has had an...
The Dallas Stars lost Brad Richards to free agency without receiving anything in return. Not for lack of trying, anyway. Reports say that General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk repeatedly tried to trade the rights to Brad Richards for some sort of asset, but in the end, it didn't happen.
Richards is now loving life with a new long-term contract with the New York Rangers.
In the meantime, Nieuwendyk had to find a way to restructure his team by trying to find some dependable pieces up at forward and some defensive options as well. I'll be sure to take you through each o...
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The Stars' management clearly was not happy with the job that Marc Crawford did in his two seasons behind the bench. After missing the playoffs during his tenure with lackluster efforts in big games this past season, management forced Crawford to pack his bags. The objective was to find success. The Stars' brass interviewed names like Ken Hitchcock, Kirk Muller and Peter Horacheck.
However, the Stars found their successful resume from within the organization. According to several sources, including Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars have promoted Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan to take over as the bench boss of the parent club.
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Somehow, we just knew this day was coming.
Quite simply, the Dallas Stars' ownership situation is in such a mess that they will be unable to tender an contract offer to pending unrestricted free agent forward Brad Richards. With this news, we can say that in hindsight, the Richards trade did just about nothing for the Stars. The only thing that Stars' General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk can hope for now is a draft-day deal that could give a team the rights to speak to Richards right away. They might need it.
In a report by Mitch Gallo of the TEAM 990 in Montreal, analyst Pierre McGuire would be "shocked" if Brad Richards does not sign with the New York Rangers....
The Dallas Stars had a chance. But they failed.
Every single one of those Stars were assuredly glued to their locker room TV watching the Chicago Blackhawks duke it out with the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings pulled out a 4-3 victory and it opened the door for the Stars to make their unprecedented move to usurp the defending Stanley Cup Champions. And what looked even more promising, the game was against the Minnesota Wild.
It was a team that had nothing to play for except for pride. And the Stars had already won all three meetings that year. Things were looking more than good for Big D. It was time to take what was right in front of them.
They didn't. In fact, they fell f...
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Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Three huge division games to gain plenty of ground in the Western Conference standings. Six huge points to perhaps make a run at the eighth seed and make the playoffs.
They only got one point. And they were lucky to get it.
The Dallas Stars lost to the Phoenix Coyotes in a shootout 2-1, got completely destroyed in San Jose, losing to the Sharks 6-0, and finally, the coup de grace delivered by the Los Angeles Kings with a resounding 3-1 victory earlier this afternoon. So many points given away, so much to regret.
It's easy to tell where this all started, too. It started with the Stars getting too comfortable with being the best team in thei...
Tonight would have been the night to get some luck. But the Dallas Stars got none of it.
Chicago fought a tough fight against the Red Wings. The game went to overtime, and the Hawks ended up with the overtime victory, placing them at 90 points, and in sole possession of the 7th seed in the Western Conference. On a five point night by Teemu Selanne, the Ducks toughed out a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Things were looking good for the Stars when the Avs took a 2-0 lead early. However, the Avalanche have not been very good at all this season, and the feeling was there--that lead was not going to last.
The Ducks now move 3 points ahead of the Stars through 75 games. The S...
It was the best kind of hockey game, and it ended with plenty of excitement. After the Dallas Stars built a one goal lead late, the Anaheim Ducks surged back with a mad scramble at the end of the game to tie it up, and just a few minutes later, Cam Fowler jammed a huge dagger in the Stars' playoff hopes with the overtime winner.
The points in this game were remarkably crucial. The Stars went into this game tied with several other teams, including the Anaheim Ducks with 85 points and ten games to play. The fact that the Stars went to overtime should be considered a blessing on their part.
The scoring began early in the second period when Trevor Daley was sent to the penalty bo...
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Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk had a tough situation to fight through at the trade deadline. Forward Brad Richards was fighting the symptoms of a concussion, and the Dallas Stars found themselves in and out of the playoff picture day in and day out. It seemed almost unprecedented that Nieuwendyk would ship off a key piece of the Stars' offensive picture.
But he did. Neal, along with defenseman Matt Niskanen, was shipped to Pittsburgh for defenseman Alex Goligoski.
It was easy to see the reasoning on both sides of this deal. The Pittsburgh Penguins were desperately looking for two things--short term offense in the absence of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and...