Without wanting to be an ass, you could argue that Dallas' performances last year virtually without Zubov (and others, for sure) is rather an argument in itself, and that his important role on your playoff team of two seasons ago is another?
After all, playoffs notwithstanding, it seems to me that 26-16-4 with Zubov (35 points in 46 games) is somewhat better than the 19-15-3 without him.
Originally Posted by Brownies
They didn't make the playoffs last year and I don't think I'm the only one who tought they'd do better with a healty Richards + Zubov.
Of course Dallas is a better team with Zubov. However, I don't think last season was simply a product of Zubov's absence. Other key players like Morrow, Lehtinen, Ott, and others were gone for signifigant amounts of time. The Avery debacle. Plus, Turco having his worst season of his career. Despite all of that, the Stars were actually 5th in the West before Richards broke his wrist and the wheels basically fell off.
The 2007-2008 season, the Stars made the playoffs without Zubov for the latter half of the season.