A shortened season gives Dallas the edge.
The Roy family (Scott Roy, brother of Stars Center Derek Roy, skates with the Stars prior to the NHL lockout) looks to make their name well known in DFW.
After the moves made by the Dallas Stars this past off-season, many had written them off as too old to be able to compete for the Stanley cup. Although the veterans that Dallas acquired may have been a little long in the tooth (Jaromir Jagr had 2 Stanley Cup wins and won the Art Ross trophy before fellow Czech Republic and Dallas Stars first round pick, Radek Faksa, was even born), their leadership is something that the Dallas Stars were in need of. Now that an agreement has been reached to complete a hockey season, or at minimum 48 games, Stars fans everywhere are excited to see the revamped team after a facelift over the summer including the departure of Adam Pardy, Sheldon Sourray, Mike Ribeiro, and fan favorite Steve Ott.
Steve Ott's lifelong career with the Stars was ended with a trade to Buffalo along with Adam Pardy for alternate captain Derek Roy, a move that saw many fans sad to see the teams main enforcer leave the metroplex. This situation only became more disturbing once it was clear that Roy had a lingering injury that would need surgery and have him miss the beginning of the season. His surgery and his recovery were scheduled assuming the NHL season would begin on time. With the extra length of time static for Roy during this NHL lockout, we can only hope that his recovery is complete, and he is without the risk of re-injuring or favouring the injury that a speedy return may have created. Derek Roy has great speed and is known for his agressiveness against the boards, which is why his recovery from shoulder surgery is so important.
With an NHL season looming that will be roughly 35 games shorter, or around 60% of a regular season sans lockout, the Dallas Stars are poised to make a great run for the playoffs. After missing by a mere game or 2 the past 2 seasons, the fact that our veterans have less hockey to pound their bodies and have had a longer rest and recovery from last season, gives this years team more than just a fighting chance.
Although these past few years has seen the departure of Neal, Richards, Ribeiro, and Ott, the names we will be rejoicing in the spring are Roy, Jagr, Whitney, and Benn.