Many Questions Posed, Important Answers To Come, And I Have A Dream (A Mishmash Love Story)

Tuesday, 04.2.2013 / 8:01 PM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Many Questions Posed, Important Answers To Come, And I Have A Dream\r\n(A Mishmash Love Story)\r\n

In two days the NHL Trade deadline will have come and gone. In four weeks the 2013 Regular Season will have exhausted itself. Which date will have a larger impact on the future of the Dallas Stars?

Big philosophical question, eh. Well here are a bunch more to ponder, debate and spitball:

Should the Stars move their soon to be unrestricted free agents at the deadline?

Should they be looking to add a piece or two at the deadline?

Are there 'untouchables' on the current roster? In the system?

With the Cap retreating to $64.3M from $70.2M for next season should they be opening up space to allow them to take other team's Cap 'problems' off their hands?

Would the wise thing be to trade assets, play the youth and finish with a top three to five draft pick this summer?

Is making the playoffs a must from a season ticket, business, bottom line perspective?

What is the most pressing need to fill in order to be jockeying for home ice advantage in future rather than 7th or 8th?

What path, personnel changes, and degree of patience puts this franchise on a trajectory to sustained greatness again?

What is the identity the team/franchise desires?

I could fill pages with such questions, but the real importance is the answers.

"One idiot can ask more questions than ten wise men can answer"

When I look at the current state of the Stars it appears to be one of transition and ambiguity - one that could use a clear, distinct mission statement. Is it a youth movement with a core of players in their early 20s that will be the foundation of a championship team in the next 5 or 6 years? Is it to be a rare mix of 40 and 20 year olds working the schedule from both ends? Or is it a roster that will have its youth harvested by others in order to build a veteran team that can win in shorter order? Or, is it something else?

"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

Right now they are this: A team led by an antiquity offense (Jagr and Whitney) and platinum netminding (Lehtonen). They succeed through great individual performances but not with any real consistency. Other than that they are a very difficult team to categorize.

Having spent almost two decades embedded in Dallas Stars life (And having thoroughly enjoyed the journey/education along the way) I have come to believe this: To be successful in Dallas the franchise has to aim high, build toward clear and publicly stated championship aspirations, and do so with an entertaining and believable brand of hockey.

Yes it's true that for an individual, or group of individuals, to say such things opens the window for criticism and accountability reviews, but the best way to achieve dreams is to tell someone what those dreams are - it casts them. I dream of a second Cup in Big D, I bet you do too. I bet others do as well.

"To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing"

So maybe as a franchise we need to shout from the top of the Reunion Tower Observation Deck that we desire a second Stanley Cup, that that is the goal, and that all will work tirelessly to achieve it. It might take some time but maybe by doing that a suddenly illusive playoff birth might again become habitual and expected, because just like my daughter's high jumping aspirations; the higher the bar is set, the easier it is to clear heights once perceived as unattainable below it.

"To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it."

I want to see us mark off our steps, visualize, knock the bar off a few times trying...and then clear the bastard, again!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 6 4 6 5 10
J. Spezza 6 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 6 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 6 3 1 0 4
C. Eakin 6 0 4 1 4
A. Goligoski 6 2 1 -4 3
J. Klingberg 6 1 2 -3 3
A. Hemsky 6 1 2 1 3
J. Demers 6 0 3 5 3
M. Janmark 5 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 3 1 0 .911 2.27
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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