Nov 21, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars new owner Tom Gaglardi poses for a photo with his family after being introduced at a press conference at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Gaglardi, Jim Nill Set High Expectations For Dallas Stars

Nov 21, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars new owner Tom Gaglardi poses for a photo with his family after being introduced at a press conference at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars are entering a new era. An era filled with hope and hype. A “New Star is Rising.”

So far, new management has done a fantastic job generating excitement around the Dallas Stars. Whether that be with rebranding, the new direction of the team with GM Jim Nill, or a new coach with the hiring of Lindy Ruff. Either way, this is a different Dallas Stars team and Tom Gaglardi wants everyone to about know it.

Two years into owning the team, Gaglardi has surrounded himself with like-minded personnel. Along with new management, the Stars organization has a surplus of young talent with great potential. With those tools, Gaglardi is making the moves to get the Stars back on the front page.

The Stars enter a new era behind their young star, Jamie Benn. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

However, Gaglardi should be careful what he wishes for.

Gaglardi is selling the idea of a Stars franchise ready to make a statement. The fans in Dallas appreciate the promise of successful results. Yet, in this city, you have to succeed. He’s starting to sell more tickets, which is good. But, he’s selling those tickets through newly generated high expectations instigated by, you guessed it, Tom Gaglardi. The rest of the hype is carried by newly appointed GM, Jim Nill.

This city is starving for a playoff berth after five straight non-playoff seasons. Fans have seen the team get close, but fall short in the final scene of the season. Looking to make those seasons a thing of the past, Gaglardi and Nill are telling the city of Dallas to jump in.

For the first time in a long time, the Stars are making noise. The future appears bright and the synergy is continuously building. Gaglardi is changing the atmosphere in the American Airlines Center and the belief is the Stars finally get back to the playoffs in 2014.Yet, there is potential for a huge let down if the Stars miss the post-season in 2014.

Luckily for Gaglardi and Stars fans, the expectations are high for a reason. There’s finally a sense of believing. The addition of Nill is the cornerstone of that belief. With Nill, there’s finally a feeling that the Stars are on the brink of success. Just knowing there’s that hope means Gaglardi has done a heck of a job so far. But can he continue building on that?

Simply put, Gaglardi knows what he’s doing. In a short time, he’s become a very liked owner, especially in Dallas (which isn’t too hard to do when you’re competing with Jerry Jones). In a short time, he’s taken a franchise from the verge of irrelevancy to a force soon to be reckoned with. Gaglardi is selling the idea of success and raising big because he thinks he’s holding the winning hand. For the sake of Stars fans, I hope he’s right.

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