Jan 16, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) and center Tyler Seguin (91) and defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) and right wing Erik Cole (72) and left wing Jamie Benn (14) celebrate a power play goal against the Boston Bruins during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Bruins defeated the Stars 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars: The New Team To Play For?

What a difference a year makes, am I right?

From June 30th of 2013, were any of y’all expecting the Stars to qualify for the postseason this year? (Hint: this was before the Seguin deals and what not, so you probably didn’t, at least at this point in time).

So at this time last year, no one was had anything to say about the Stars except how ugly their new jerseys were and how a new logo won’t help them stop sucking. Take a second here like I am, to give a hearty old laugh at that! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

One year later the Stars are a dynamite team with a full arsenal of talent, all under the age of 30 except the true veteran leadership of Erik Cole, Shawn Horcoff, Rich Peverley, Sergei Gonchar, and  Trevor Daley and Kari Lehtonen, who just hit the magic 3-0. But other than that, the talent is on the young side with no retirement homes in sight, including the Top 2 scorers on the team that found their way in the Top 15 of the NHL. But honestly, THEY’RE JUST GETTING STARTED.

This team is the new name being tossed around the horn. This is the new team to be afraid of every time you walk into their barn, or if they walk into your barn. This is the team that is ready to push the envelope on their playoff run next year and find the Cup that’s eluded the franchise for going on 16 years.

The Stars are a newly-born team and that’s every NHL team’s nightmare. A good team with no age showing. So, the Stars will walk into next season with a lot of respect being given to them in contrast to the start of last season, when no one gave them the slightest chance of reaching the postseason, the 40 win mark no less. But with this newly found publicity, the Stars will look to feed off of it. If they can pull off another miraculous season this year, they will definitely earn the title of “The Team To Beat”.

But are they “The Team To Play For”?

I still think yes, but apparently NHLer’s don’t. I mean a team on the rise with a growing fan base and Stanley Cup intentions close down the road, why WOULDN”T you want to play for these green-sweatered beauties? I still can’t figure out the answer to that. But who would you rather play for? A rebuilding team like Buffalo or Edmonton, or a new team that’s ready for the Cup? I guess that’s actually a difficult question…

With neither Thornton nor Spezza biting at Nill’s offers, as mentioned in my earlier article, it looks as though the Stars are going to be forced to go swimming in the free agent pool in order to find a second line center. But the Stars should have no problem dragging in the recruits, unlike in years prior.

Stars fans are also popping up all around. Heck, I just went to Oklahoma last week and surprisingly met a few Stars fans there! And I converted people from Atlanta, New Mexico, and Missouri! Wow, crazy right? But the Stars are on the rise and that should back them up in the search for centers and defensemen to add to the team!

But that’s less than 24 hours away. So get ready Stars fans, there’s a storm coming (reference to the Missouri person mentioned earlier, she’s gonna hate me for it), and we better be ready.

I’ll keep y’all updated but it’s basically Christmas Eve. So the most wonderful time of the year is almost here.

Comments below on how successful you think the Stars will be in this upcoming offseason! GO STARS.

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