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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 05: Mike Ribeiro #63 of the Dallas Stars wiats for play against the Los Angeles Kings during the game at the Staples Center on March 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
In mid-May, the Dallas Stars announced that Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Bob Gainey, who had once served as head coach and later general manager of the club during its glory days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, was returning to the organization as a consultant to the hockey operations department. Once Gainey was introduced at the press conference at American Airlines Center, he, new owner Tom Gaglardi, club president Jim Lites and GM Joe Nieuwendyk took questions from the press and one of the more interesting queries came when Gaglardi was asked how active the Stars would be in free agency this summer. The new owner was adamant in his belief that while free agency was definitely one avenue to right the ship of a franchise that has now gone four years between playoff berths, he said that free agency carried with it considerable pitfalls. Gaglardi went on to declare that he felt the best way for the Stars to turn things around was to do it from within, mainly by drafting, acqui...
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