After the Colorado Avalanche, we’re on to the Dallas Stars. This is the first look at a Division Rival (the Ducks don’t count), and the Stars are going to be interesting to watch this season. From the mouths of those over at Blackout Dallas:
All in all, it looks to be a fun year for the Stars. Will they be fighting for the Cup? Probably not. But can they try to continue building, learn Gulutzan’s changes, and aim for a return to the playoffs? Definitely. They expectations aren’t high, but the dreams of the fans are. Don’t give up yet Stars fans. New ownership IS on the way even if it is taking longer then we would like, and GM Joe has made more then a few smart moves so far. Trust in Joe, trust in Morrow, and trust in the Stars, that this is almost over and the team is on the upswing even if the outside media world thinks that we are crippled without Richards.
October 22nd – vs. Dallas
October 27th – @ Dallas
November 23rd – @ Dallas
December 10th – vs. Dallas
January 12th – vs. Dallas
February 12th – @ Dallas
The big question this season will be how the Stars handle the departure of Brad Richards. As the centerpiece of their offensive engine over the past few seasons, Richards has since departed for greener(?) pastures in New York. The Stars made a few small additions, but let’s be honest, they’re just not going to be able to fill the necessary holes. Frankly, I see the Stars battling with the Coyotes for the bottom of the Pacific Division. Hopefully they’ll fight the Ducks as well, but in all likelihood they won’t be that successful.