Apr 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon (62) celebrates as a game winning shot by center Nick Bonino (not pictured) gets past Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the overtime period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Ducks defeated the Stars 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars: Stanley Cup Favorites? Why They Aren’t


Good morning, Stars fans! Yesterday, I took major sympathy for the Stars in my article and provided a quick explanation of why the Stanley Cup would be a snag for them.

Today, I wanted to play the devil’s advocate and point out some reasons why the Dallas Stars will not come close to winning the Cup.

Why The Dallas Stars Will Not Win The 2015 Stanley Cup Championship:

Though the Dallas Stars saw a breakout season last year and a bountiful offseason, they still won’t be able to find the Cup in the upcoming season.

The Stars defense is mainly to blame. With the uncertainty of the starting six and the inevitable lack of skill in most of the young rookies, the blue line will most likely show up about the same way as it did last year, leaving the Stars crease to hold up the zone.

But the defense is not the only reason. With all of Jim Nill’s acquisitions, the Stars have TOO much talent. Yes it’s possible and the Stars have hit a bump. Lindy Ruff will be forced to move names like Cody Eakin, Rich Peverley, Antoine Roussel, and Ryan Garbutt down in the line formations which will result in less playing time and a lack of interest from certain names. Vernon Fiddler experienced this last November after he hit a hot streak and remained on the fourth line. With key additions like Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, the top two lines will be packed and the bottom two will be a fight for position among multiple players.

The Dallas Stars will also be in a division that wreaked havoc on the offseason as well. So finishing among the top three will be a true challenge. If they are up to it, they are going to have to mesh well as a team and mesh rather quickly. This meshing may take some time between the new and old players, and the Cup does not have time to wait.

If the Stars want to win the Cup this year, these problems are going to have to be taken care of swiftly and quickly. They have a strong chance, like I said yesterday, but every team has its leaks that need to be fixed.

So, which side do you agree with? Or do you agree with both sides? Is the Cup on its way back to Big D?

Comments and questions below and Go Stars.

 

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