By Alex Weinstein on April 4, 2014
The Dallas Stars are currently fighting for the final wildcard spot in the Western conference, just ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes. The team is led by superstars Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Both have more than 70 points, yet no other forward on the team has more than half that total. This raises questions that the Stars must answer in the offseason in order to grow as a club. Here are five players to improve the quality of the Stars.
There's nothing bad about a familiar face. Matt Niskanen is a former Dallas draft pick and spent the first five years of his career with the Stars organization. He has improved his overall game after being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and would be a great asset to sign. He can play the power play and slowly take over Sergei Gonchar's role along with Alex Goligoski.
The Stars need veteran players to help with the development of young guns such as Alex Chiasson and Valeri Nichuskin. Though he hasn't produced behind the vast depth of the St. Louis Blues, Derek Roy has been healthy this year and still has the playmaking ability and hockey IQ to have an impact in a second line role. He would be a cost effective move that benefits the team now and in the future.
Ales Hemsky has shown that his skill can actually put up points. Though he struggled this year with the lowly Edmonton Oilers, he has been rejuvenated after he was traded to the Ottawa Senators. He has scored two goals and posted 12 points in 14 games so far, including a fantastic highlight reel goal. He would boost the overall skill of the Stars and provide much-needed scoring depth.
If Dallas wants to make a bigger splash in the free agent pool, Paul Stastny is the player to sign. He doesn't fit in with the current depth of the Colorado Avalanche and their long list of centers, yet he is productive and a very skilled player. He will fetch a premium fee as the top center available in free agency but would boost any club that signs him. Dallas would be wise to invest in a good player to improve their scoring ability.
The Stars don't lack for star power with Seguin and Benn up front, yet adding an elite sniper such as Marian Gaborik can only do good things and create an incredibly dangerous line. The former 40-goal scorer is one of the top offensive players available on the market and would have a big impact with Dallas. Having a top line featuring those three players would turn the Stars into contenders next season.
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