PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores his second goal of the game at 15:15 of the third period and gives his signature salute against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
We've been discussing potential big changes for the Dallas Stars ever since Tom Gaglardi took over as new owner of the franchise, an owner who has stated he is committed to winning hockey and doing whatever it takes to bring back successful seasons to Dallas. What we never expected was such a sweeping and sudden shift in direction for the franchise, an obvious push to move away from the core players of the past few years and move forward with a focus on youth.
That focus on the youth is what has been preached by Nieuwendyk and company all summer long and when Mike Ribeiro was traded for two assets that might not be much help in the immediate future -- fans readied themselves for what could have been considered a lost season.
Instead, the Stars made a commitment not just to the future but to the immediate success of the team as well. They know that this franchise needs a boost of attention, both nationally and locally, and winning is also a big part of that. As such, the Stars could arguably be a much better team than last season after signing Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr, and trading for Derek Roy.
So the question we have for you is this: How do you feel about the offseason so far? Do the Stars still need to be aggressive in trade and the remainder of free agency? Have the Stars restored faith that this is a franchise newly committed to success? Let us know.
How do you feel about the Stars offseason so far?
Very good. The Stars are showing they are willing to make changes to improve. (328 votes)
Encouraged. It's good to see the team make changes, but it might not be enough. (365 votes)
Reserved. Let's see how the team fares this season before making judgment. (116 votes)
Frustrated. Stars should have focused on Suter and Parise instead of the veterans. (16 votes)
Horrible. Stars made a bad choice by blowing it up. (52 votes)
877 total votes