If the NHL Playoffs were to start today, the Dallas Stars, for the fourth season in a row, would be on the outside looking in. While fans in Phoenix, Long Island or of recent, Edmonton might not take that so harshly, the Dallas Stars were constant winners all throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
The team's woes on ice, has also resulted in a decline of interest in DFW, though the recent purchase of the team by Tom Gaglardi has spurred some life back in the team. The Stars cannot continue to sell seats to their games for nine dollars. They shouldn't have to. The ultimate way to get Dallas rockin', like it was for the past 15 years, is to be a winner. Dallas is a great sports town, but much like all cities, they love a winner, and right now, the Mavs and Rangers are winning.
The Stars have made it clear, they do not want to trade their young players for veterans such as Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan, but will try to grow from within the organization, and sign key free agents. The Stars have some young talent in the prospect pool, and an emerging superstar in Jamie Benn, but clearly it is not enough.
These are the free agents the Stars must pursue in order to get back to the playoffs, and to get the people of Dallas interested in hockey again.