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Stars need to act fast to be a relevant team

By Mac Engel Published: July 15, 2012

Or we think they do. We have been told for the past year or so how much quality this farm system is producing, yet with the exception of Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson, we should all be a bit skeptical. Four consecutive playoff-less seasons should make everyone a bit skeptical.

But between all of this young talent and the many moves and acquisitions the team has made during the off-season -- Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, Ray Whitney -- should finally put this team into the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Mavs’ much-lamented off-season has them in a position to potentially miss the playoffs for the first time since 2000, which was the year the Stars lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Mavs’ signing free agent center Chris Kaman doesn’t really change much.

It all has the potential of replicating the days when the Stars, not the Mavs, were this town’s wintertime winner and more relevant team.

“It does feel a little like 1999 when Tom Hicks took over and got the ball rolling,” Nieuwendyk said. “We have the ball rolling here now. (Owner) Tom Gaglardi has brought some stability. The young kids are coming and I do believe the patience with our young kids is going to pay off.”

This is not about Stars v. Mavs. It’s not about NHL v. NBA. The Stars and the NHL would lose both.

It is merely about winning.

The Mavs losing while the Stars win could just make it easier for the latter to regain some of the many fans the franchise has lost over the years.

“The team is really trying to change the perception that they have around the league,” Modano said.

What is that perception?

“That they are still in transition and there is no stability,” Modano said.

The two wrenches in this grand plan are: The Stars actually have to win, and the NHL can’t have another work stoppage.

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