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1Dallas - strong as bull Empty Dallas - strong as bull on Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:02 pm

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How can you go wrong with the Dallas Stars? There's very little to nit-pick about.

Their offense hasn't changed that much - and this was an offense that pounded pucks into the net last year (almost 3 goals per game average). They have Richards, Morrow, a rejuvenated Ribeiro, Lehtinen, Eriksson, Avery, Lundqvist, Modano...you'll have some issues outscoring this bunch. Not to mention that they have the highly touted rookie prospect Brunnstrom who they sign over 20 other teams.

There's a chance at some point this year that the Dallas Stars make a similar move as last year, bringing in another high caliber winger at the deadline to try to put them over the top. But, if they don't, they should be just fine. I'd like to see another year of them scoring 2.9 goals a game before I make a final judgement, but it looks real good.

On defense, it's the same old story. Zubov, Robidas, Boucher and Daley make up a great top 4. Zubov is still one of the best D-men in the league, despite his injuries. Robidas is one touch customer - and Boucher when healthy can put up a plethora of points.

Marty Turco has now proved himself as an elite goaltender who is able to carry a team on his shoulders. Now the Stars need to pay him back with a little playoff magic.

Team Grade: A
Prediciton: 4th in the West (up from my previous 5th).

2Dallas - strong as bull Empty Re: Dallas - strong as bull on Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:08 pm

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Dallas are my 2nd favorite western team to watch this year without a doubt (with #1 being Phoenix - can you say DARKHORSE).
As you mentioned, even though Zubov gets his fair share of injuries, he is a D man on a mission, and handles the puck with poise.

I actually see them going deep, deep into the post-season. Their only issue is if they run into Detroit again...

3Dallas - strong as bull Empty Re: Dallas - strong as bull on Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:40 pm

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Cronenbergfan wrote:Dallas are my 2nd favorite western team to watch this year without a doubt (with #1 being Phoenix - can you say DARKHORSE).
As you mentioned, even though Zubov gets his fair share of injuries, he is a D man on a mission, and handles the puck with poise.

I actually see them going deep, deep into the post-season. Their only issue is if they run into Detroit again...
You have to love Morrow!!! MAn what I'd give to have that guy. Fisher has the potential to turn into a Morrow, I surely hope he does.

4Dallas - strong as bull Empty Re: Dallas - strong as bull on Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:17 pm

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I think depending on how Fisher does this year, we could be comparing the two of them by 2010!

5Dallas - strong as bull Empty Re: Dallas - strong as bull on Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:20 pm

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Cronenbergfan wrote:I think depending on how Fisher does this year, we could be comparing the two of them by 2010!
I really think this will be a break out year for Fisher. The big contract comes with big expectations and he isn't one to disappoint. If he keeps his game simple, I really think he can get close to 30 this season.

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