The Dallas Stars have had a big offseason. They went out and added big name players while keeping most of their solid corp in tact. We asked Josh Clark, the editor of Blackout Dallas, a few questions about the Stars and the season ahead. Here is what he had to say…
Q: Who were some key additions to the Dallas Stars this offseason?
A: Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky, Anders Lindback. Spezza and Hemsky will add to the already dominant first line and really push the Stars offense to one of the top 5 offenses in the league. Lindback will come in and play as the Stars best backup since Kari Lehtonen served Marty Turco.
Q: Who were some key departures from Dallas Stars this offseason?
A: None, really. Whitney and Thomas were dropped and they haven’t been picked up yet either, which shows how much they were truly worth. Alex Chiasson was sent away for Spezza and replaced by Hemsky, so nothing major was sucked out of the Stars arsenal.
Q: Does the Dallas Stars look better this season compared to last season?
A: Much better. As long as the new talent lives up to expectations, the Stars will thrive in the offensive and goaltending arsenal, with the defense being young and about the same as it was throughout the postseason.
Q: What else does your team need to do this offseason in order to really improve?
A: They could search for another addition to the blue line, but they won’t. Jim Nill has already clearly expressed that the Stars offseason hunting is over. Cody Eakin and Brenden Dillon‘s new contract negotiations are all that remain for the Stars to settle until October.
Q: Which player on the Dallas Stars is the key to the team’s success in the upcoming season?
A: It’s a toss up, but a lot of players could end up being the key. Erik Cole, in our opinion, seems to be the biggest key. He will most likely get a spot on the second line with Spezza and possibly Nichushkin or Hemsky, and after a hot-and-cold season, Cole needs to prove that he is still a valuable veteran asset.
Q: How would you grade the Dallas Stars’ offseason so far?
A: A+, plain and simple. Would you disagree?
Q: How competitive do you expect the Dallas Stars to be next season?
A: Very competitive. They competed and fought well in the Central division last season and proved it with a postseason berth. A deep playoff performance this year is almost imminent, as long as the Stars stay healthy and continue to produce.
Q: Will the Dallas Stars be a playoff team? If so, are they a Stanley Cup contender?
A: Yes and Possibly. It may take more than just this year. But the Stars will definitely be there in the next 3 years.
Big thanks to Josh Clark of Blackout Dallas. Check out BlackoutDallas.com for up-to-date news, rumors, and opinions surrounding the Dallas Stars.