It was a summer of change in Dallas, as the Stars lost their top offensive weapon in Brad Richards, added a new coach from their AHL club in Glen Gulutzan, and waited through a still-unresolved ownership change. The Stars will be hard-pressed to compete in a stacked Pacific Division, but they won’t be an easy out by any means. They will have a tough, physical squad with a pretty solid defensive corps, as well as a solid keeper in Kari Lehtonen. They won’t be anyone’s favorite to win the Cup, but they’ll still have a competitive club. Austin Waldron from Blackout Dallas has more:
“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.”
Check out the rest of his season preview here.