It’s been clear over the past couple of weeks that the Dallas Stars were going to look at unloading some players before the trade deadline. Fan-favorite Brendan Morrow was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins while Jaromir Jagr found himself with the Boston Bruins. Derek Roy was traded to the Vancouver Canucks.
Stars CEO and President Jim Lites wrote a letter to the fans explaining the recent decisions and reasons for the trades. Lites explained that management decided to move forward and build around Jamie Benn, Louie Eriksson, and goalie Kari Lehtonen. A letter is nice, but what is really going to change the minds of the fans are W’s. The Stars haven’t made the playoffs in five seasons and are in danger of missing them again this year. Fans will forgive a lot of things, but constantly losing and constantly missing the playoffs is something fans cannot and will not forgive.
The new-look Dallas Stars started tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. The quirky NHL schedule has the Stars and Ducks playing three games in a row. The first one was played Monday night in Dallas. The next two, including tonight’s, will be played in Anaheim. Anaheim beat the Stars on Monday night 4-0.
Although they got beat tonight by a score of 5-2, the Stars did show some promise. The goals were scored by Eric Cole and Lane MacDermid. With the trade deadline behind them, perhaps now the players can stop worrying if they will get move and can concentrate on playing some hockey.