FRISCO, Texas-- After the Dallas Stars found themselves missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season thanks to dropping their final five games of last season, new owner Tom Gaglardi and other organizational brass knew some changes had to be made.
So, it wasn't a shocker to see longtime stars like Mike Ribeiro, who was traded to Washington on draft night, and Steve Ott, who was dealt to Buffalo in the early stages of free agency last summer, head out of town. Dallas picked up center Derek Roy in the Ott trade from the Sabres while also adding Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney, both 40, via free agency.
All three were brought in to give the Stars some stability and consistent scoring in their top six and they were also acquired or signed to help bolster a power play that ranked as not just the NHL's worst last season but was also the worst in franchise history.
Jagr, who is set to turn 41 early this season, clearly brings the most impressive NHL pedigree of this talented trio. I...