2012 Offseason Thread II: The Offseasoning
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05-21-2012, 10:18 AM
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I have questions to the die-hard Stars fans.
After all these interviews with our owner, president and GM do you think we have good chance to make the playoffs this year? Of course we have to wait after the draft day, 1st of July and trades, but how is your feeling for the 2012 - 2013 season?
I am in the optimist camp. I think the team should have made the playoffs this season, and would have done so if the pp had been average instead of historically bad.
For next season, the team needs more scoring. I expect Ryder and Nystrom to regress back towards their career averages, but I think there are UFAs that can help make up the difference. I think the pp can be fixed by coaching as well.
Unfortunately, it's hard for me to see a playoff team that the Stars can overtake. I would say the Kings and Blues are on their way up, Chicago has a ton of talent and would be scary if they had goaltending, and some team has to make it from the Northwest so it may as well be Vancouver. Detroit and San Jose are aging, but it is hard to see either team miss the playoffs. Phoenix has some older players, but with an owner (maybe) and Mike Smith/Dave Tippett, they will be right back in the mix. Nashville might slip back if they lose Suter, but they have the same solid coaching and goaltending as Phoenix.
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