Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: The Curious Case of the Dallas Stars’ Struggles

February 10th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

This has not been the 2014-15 Dallas Stars season many expected.

“We’re not as good as everybody thought we were going to be and we’re not as bad as we are right now,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said Sunday afternoon in New York.

Following the team’s 3-2 overtime victory against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, which came one day after a horrendous 3-2 loss in Buffalo, the Stars are 11th in the West with 56 points, five behind the final wild-card spot. After reaching the playoffs in 2014 and adding Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky in the summer, at minimum, another postseason berth seemed to be in the cards.

Three weeks from the deadline, the Stars play 10 games that will decide Nill’s plans for the March 2 trade deadline. Nill said if he feels the playoffs aren’t realistic, he will look to unload pending unrestricted free agents—Shawn Horcoff and Erik Cole fit that bill. If the Stars are in the mix, Nill said he plans to stand pat and treat the pending returns from injury of Valeri Nichushkin and Patrik Nemeth as the team’s deadline improvements. 


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