Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/1/13
After the ending of the 2012 NHL lockout Dallas Stars fans were among the most eager of NHL fans to see the productivity that the Dallas Stars would have in the 2012-2013 season. The Stars had a busy offseason during the summer of 2012 preparing for the upcoming season. Although they had traded away the talented Mike Ribeiro, they had acquired Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres, the experienced Ray Whitney, as well as the Czech sensation, Jaromir Jagr. Picking up these veterans was intended to bring experienced leadership to a somewhat young Dallas Stars team, which had failed to make the playoffs since the 2007-08 season. The results were not as expected, making the fans and staff unsatisfied. Past the halfway point of the season and approaching the trade deadline, there were changes needed to be made. The days prior to the trade deadline it would be an underestimate to say that there were changes that had been made to the roster. Fans were hoping for the trade deadline to bring in another star player, possibly to fill in the defense that had been subpar in hope of making a push to the playoffs. We were mistaken. The Stars front office shocked the hockey world when they ended up trading Captain Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy, and Jaromir Jagr. It seemed that the Stars organization had given up hope on the season and was going to aim for a higher draft pick in the upcoming draft.  It would be expected that without their Captain plus the loss of two experienced NHL players, the Stars would be in a race to the bottom of the league. We were mistaken again. Brenden Dillon’s physical presence being noticed Led by new players such as Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin, Brenden Dillon, as well as some experience coming from Ray Whitney (Assistant Captain), Loui Eriksson (Assistant Captain), and Stephane Robidas; the Stars made a strong playoff push despite all adversity they had faced. The Stars also looked to young players who had recently been playing for their affiliation team, Texas Stars. Antoine Roussel, Reilly Smith, Alex Chiasson, and Lane Macdermid stepped up to the plate and became clutch. With that young of a roster it raises the question of whether they could have kept up for a whole season, or whether they would’ve crumbled without the strong presence of ‘star’ players in the line-up. The trades have brought potential for the future of the Dallas Stars franchise by receiving draft picks from various teams. They are going to have ten draft picks in the upcoming NHL draft, four of which are in the first two rounds. They also have made changes to the management of the organization, hiring a new General Manager, Jim Nill, and currently searching for a new head coach after the firing of Glen Gulutzan. The firing comes after only his second year as the head coach. Aside from the new crop of high prospects, a new general manager, and a new head coach, they are also announcing the look of their new jersey on June 4th. This will be a new look for the Dallas Stars organization on and off the ice, something that is sure to generate new fans and maintain a fan base in the Dallas area. Things are looking bright for the future of the Big ‘D.’

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

PLAYERS: Ray Whitney
TEAMS: Dallas Stars
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