With a 1 6 0 preseason record creating predictions of a battle just to make the playoffs back in October, the Stars took off in the regular season, won 50 games for only the fourth time in franchise history and took first place in the Western Conference.
When the season opens in the fall, the Stars will hang their first banner since winning the Pacific Division in 2006.
Jamie Benn finished second in the scoring race and is one of three finalists for MVP. Lindy Ruff is a finalist for coach of the year. And Tyler Seguin was a top 10 scorer before he was sidelined by two lower body injuries in March and April.
Dallas was able to push St. Louis to Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs Wednesday, but a 6 hockey jerseys form china
1 defeat at the hands of the Blues creates all sorts of questions heading into the offseason. What will General Manager Jim Nill do with his two goalie system? Is he prepared to commit to young players and change out several of his veterans? Does he have another big deal up his sleeve after adding Seguin, Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp in three consecutive summers?
Look back and look forward, as the Stars celebrate a 50 23 9 season and also realize they can be even better.
Jamie Benn’s rise
Benn followed that last season by being the first player in franchise history to win the Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer in the NHL with 87 points.
This season, he topped his own personal best with 89 points but finished second to Chicago’s Patrick Kane in the scoring race. He is one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy and the Lindsay Award, given to the most valuable and most outstanding player in the NHL as voted on by the media and players respectively. No player in franchise history has been a finalist for either award.