Times were hard in Dallas at the end of last season, as the Dallas Stars failed to clinch a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive season. However, with Tom Gaglardi at the helm, Joe Niuwendyk was assured that he would be provided with the funds to bring in some much needed talent over the course of the off-season.
GM Joe spent his money wisely. Not only has he brought in 3 forwards through free agency, but he has brought in 3 elite forwards in the form of Derek Roy, Ray Whitney and Jaramir Jagr. In my opinion, these 3 additions have made the Stars a genuine title contending team.
Why have they turned into a title contending team all of a sudden? Well, take a look at the first 2 lines. A first line of Loui Eriksson-Jamie Benn-Jaromir Jagr is full of talent, skill and goals. On paper, it looks like one of the best in the league, and if these guys fire on all cylinders, we should expect big things from the boys.
A second line of Ray Whitney-Derek Roy- Michael Ryder looks a devastating one on paper. Whitney arrived from Phoenix, being arguably their best player, and Roy arrived from Buffalo in return for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy. These 3 guys will form a brand new second line, which may take some time to gel, but I think they will play a pivotal offensive role throughout the season.
With lines 3 and 4 containing some offense along with the nitty gritty factor, a nice blend of youth and experience in the defensive unit and a very decent goaltending unit, I think success could be right around the corner for the Dallas Stars.
The lack of success lately has meant some pretty poor crowds at the American Airlines Center in the recent past. The new signings are definitely going to attract more people to come and watch the Stars play and the AAC will hopefully become the fortress it once was.
Joe Niuwendyk and Tom Gaglardi have worked well together so far and brought in the desired players. There could be some more activity yet to happen, so keep your eyes peeled. Either way, bring on October to watch our new Stars have a good shot at the playoffs!