The Stars had a fantastic year on the ice, which ended with their first playoff appearance in almost 6 years.
But their entire team wasn’t helpful. Some of the players turned out to be a potential bust.
This is a poll for YOU to vote on who you think the Stars’ biggest bust was this past year:
Ray Whitney truly had a downfall of a year. Though his numbers were sort of acceptable with 9 goals and 23 assists, he found himself falling quickly from the second line to the fourth line. He was the healthy scratch multiple times and the Stars have decided not to send him a new contract in the upcoming offseason and he will become a free agent. Whitney, 42, feels as though his legs are still there and that the Stars really didn’t give him a chance throughout the season. But overall, Whitney was a pretty decent-sized bust.
Shawn Horcoff turned out to be a bust as well. Horcoff found himself coming to Dallas off of a Nill-formed trade that sent Philip Larsen to Edmonton. Horcoff started on the second line this season but soon found himself starting on the fourth line along with Whitney. He never overcame his slump and ended the season with 7 goals and 13 assists through 77 games. With 1 year left on his contract, the 35 year old is potential trade bait for the Stars in the upcoming offseason. With his slumping numbers, the Stars found themselves picking up an irrelevant player last offseason.
Alex Chiasson had at best an average year. Chiasson had a tremendous short-rookie year showing. He pulled off a magnificent season in 2012-2013 and everyone was expecting a similar performance this past year. He found his way from the second line to the fourth line soon and only found his way back to the top lines when the playoffs showed up. Chiasson ended his year with 13 goals and 22 assists, which isn’t bad, but his play was so random that no one knew when he was going to act. He wasn’t a complete bust, but the Stars might be into trading a home-grown player like Chiasson this offseason.
Sergei Gonchar is an easy choice for this list. After the Stars acquired him from the Senators, the fans expected him to be a helpful leader and veteran presence on the blue line. The Stars and fans were wrong. Gonchar finished his season with 2 goals and 20 assists, both ugly stats. And the Stars defense truly struggled throughout the season, with Gonchar not being able to offer any help because he was too busy trying to find his own feet. Gonchar was a bust but the Stars don’t really have any choices with him.
So, it’s YOUR turn! VOTE now on who you think was the Stars biggest bust and if you vote other, tell me who and why in the comments! GO STARS.