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Stars add speed, scoring with Bure acquisition

Monday, 03.08.2004 / 12:00 AM / News
Dallas Stars



March 8, 2004

By J. Douglas Foster

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If the Stars wanted another potential front-line forward, they certainly found him late Monday night.

Just at the moment when the NHL allows roster expansion for the playoffs, the Stars expanded in a big way, acquiring veteran right wing Valeri Bure from Florida in return for Dallas' compensatory draft pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (awarded to Dallas for Derian Hatcher's free agent signing with Detroit last summer) and defenseman prospect Drew Bagnall -- the Stars' sixth round selection (195th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

For Stars fans wanting a splash, General Manager Doug Armstrong certainly gave it to them.

"We were looking for player with offensive skill, and the thing he brings to our team is dynamic speed," Armstrong said. "I never mind adding that to our group.

"He's a good player. His assets are his quickness, not only straight-line quickness but also the ability to dart in and out of holes. He likes to shoot the puck, so whoever he plays with will have good options. I think he's a good fit for what we are trying to accomplish."

Armstrong said the initial thought was to put Bure, who has 20 goals and 45 points this season with the Panthers, on the right wing with Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen.

"That's an option to give them some more scoring pop," Armstrong said. "We're getting very good play now out of (Jason) Arnott's group, so some secondary scoring punch would be great. I've talked to Val, and he's excited about potentially playing with one of our three centermen, either Modano, Arnott or Turgeon. That's something he looks forward to, and I think our team could use another offensive player with the way we are right now."

The big plus, as it was earlier in the day with the acquisition of defenseman Chris Therien, is that the Stars did not give up a roster player to acquire Bure. With a conditional pick and a prospect, the close-knit group which has helped lead the Stars become arguably the league's hottest team with a nine-game unbeaten streak stays in tact.

"We've tried to accomplish a few things here," Armstrong said. "One is that the players here, for the last eight to 12 weeks, have earned the right to stay together. We collectively dug ourselves a hole through the middle of December, but the players have gotten us out of that hole. We're fighting in areas now where we're competing for a Pacific Division crown, and our players have done a good job getting us back in that fight.

"These two acquisitions are just giving our group some depth so we can absorb whatever lies ahead."

Armstrong said Bure, who was in Toronto with the Panthers for a game Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, would fly to Dallas Tuesday morning for a physical. He will then return to Miami to pick up some personal belongings before joining the team in Philadelphia for Thursday's game against the Flyers.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 80 37 47 16 84
J. Benn 81 34 45 21 79
A. Goligoski 81 6 36 9 42
C. Eakin 81 16 19 -9 35
A. Chiasson 79 13 22 -21 35
V. Nichushkin 79 14 20 20 34
R. Garbutt 75 17 15 10 32
R. Whitney 69 9 23 -6 32
R. Peverley 62 7 23 -3 30
E. Cole 75 16 13 -17 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 20 10 .919 2.41
T. Thomas 18 24 4 .908 2.88
 
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