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So, What's Up With Gonchar, Cole, and Horcoff?

So with the free agency going down in favor of the Stars, there was a conundrum I brought up earlier today in my article. And that conundrum is that the Stars simply have too many NHL-only forwards to put into a limited amount of spaces. Also, there seems to be one defenseman who no one wants anymore after having a beyond horrific season. So the question is, how will Jim Nill fix his problem?

The majority of people think that Shawn Horcoff and Erik Cole are the two forwards that could most likely be moved, while Sergei Gonchar is the one player holding the defense back from ultimate success.

So with the plethora of offense recently acquired, what’s the Stars next step? Most say trade Horcoff or Cole to make room for Eaves and Fiddler, along with one or the other. And rumors about buying out Gonchar’s contract have surfaced once again, but don’t hold your breath over it, he’s gonna stick around for another year or so, case closed. But the Stars options on offense are unlimited with the recent signings. So what to do with Horcoff and Cole? If Nill re-signed Fiddler and gave a contract to Eaves, that basically shows you that he is planning on playing both of them next year. Is trading Horcoff or Cole, two veterans who had good years, more or less, the best option? Well, I’m not sure. If anyone, I would trade Horcoff because Cole held the slight edge this past year, stat-wise.

But I know Nill has a plan, and these three names are hot on the going-going-gone list. What do you think the Stars are planning on doing with ALL the new names? Tell Blackout Dallas below in the comments! Who knows, maybe your suggestion could be mentioned in an article to come? But think through how Fiddler, Eaves, Horcoff, and Cole will share 2 spots, and then tell what you think should be, if anything, done with Gonchar.

Comments below and Go Stars.

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