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Stars add speed, scoring with Bure acquisition

Monday, 03.08.2004 / 12:00 AM / News
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Stars add speed, scoring with Bure acquisition



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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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