After the Dallas Stars failed to make the 2011 NHL StanleyCup Playoffs following a disappointing loss at Minnesota to end the season,giving them a three-year gap since their last postseason berth, Stars fans knewchanges were in order.
However, what no one knew was how quickly the wheels would get set in motion.It actually only took a few days for the first shoe to drop as head coach MarcCrawford was dismissed.
Dallas didnt fill that vacancy officially until June when Glen Gulutzan, thecoach of the American Hockey Leagues Texas Stars for the last two years, wasnamed as the 21st head coach in franchise history.
The start of NHL free agency was soon after that announcement and Stars generalmanager Joe Nieuwendyk stated from the start that he would be active inupgrading the clubs roster. The GM brought in seven new players to accomplishjust that.
One of those new faces was veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray, who had mostrecently played in Edmonton but spent the bulk of last season ...