10th in the west (missed the playoffs for the 4th time, 6 points out)
Record: 42-35-5 for 89 points in 82 games (Home: 22-16-3/Away: 20-19-2)
Stats: Loui Eriksson led the Stars with 71 points while Michael Ryder led the Stars with 35 goals (career high for him)
Additions: Jaromir Jagr (free agent), Ray Whitney (free agent), Aaron Rome (free agent), Derek Roy (trade from Buffalo Sabres) and Cody Eakins (Trade from Washington Capitals)
Departures: Steve Ott (to Buffalo), Adam Pardy (to Buffalo), Mike Ribeiro (to Washington) Sheldon Souray (signed with the Anaheim Ducks), Jake Dowell (signed with the Minnesota Wild) and Adam Burish (signed with the San Jose Sharks)
2012 Draft: 13th overall–Radek Faska (Kitchener Rangers–OHL)
Last season saw the Dallas Stars missed the playoffs for the 4th straight season. Everyone, including the fans, the players, coaches and myself wonder what went wrong with the Stars that made them missed the playoffs. General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk looked at the roster and wonder what was missing from the lineup. The Stars experienced the good and bad during the season: they got a new owner in Tom Gaglardi in November and then the bad came when they were in playoff contention from January till late March when they went 3-9-0 in the last 12 games of the regular season. They collapsed as a team and lost games when they needed them the most. The Stars will learn from this mistake and will move on like many Stars fans have when they realized their Stars didn’t make the playoffs.
Joe Nieuwendyk looked at the roster during the off-season and made some decisions that would alter the roster. He traded Mike Ribeiro to the Washington Capitals for Cody Eakins on the day of the NHL entry draft then a day after the first day of the free agent, he traded fan favorite Steve Ott and whipping boy Adam Pardy to the Buffalo Sabres for Derek Roy. Trading Steve Ott made the fans wonder why you are trading Ott. Some fans wanted to give their season tickets back and some fans knew that this was the beginning of a new era for the Stars. They also signed two veterans in Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney. They also signed Aaron Rome to a contract that I am not too sure of. I do not know what Nieuwendyk is going to do with Rome but I guess we will find out.
Will Kari Lehtonen be the number one goaltender for the Dallas Stars? Yes he will. Will Brenden Morrow stay healthy? That question is up in the air but maybe a shorter season might be good for the captain who missed a total of 57 games due to back and neck issues.
Next season the Stars will have a whole different roster and the rebuilding has just begun. There were high and lows from last year but the lows in the season can improve and will. The Stars future is bright and they will be will a contender showing the league that last season was just them improving their roster. Look for Jamie Benn to emerge into a super star but first the Dallas Stars need to sign him to a long-term contract. Look for the Dallas Stars to shine big and bright in Big D because hockey is back.