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DBD On Recent Stars Happenings

Brandon Worley has a piece on Defending Big D today that discusses the departures of Mike Modano and Marty Turco, and how the decisions to not pursue them in free agency fits in Joe Nieuwendyk's plan.

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As a part of that apparent plan, he looks at what the team will look like as it features its promising, young players.

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He wants his young players to gain experience and to development and realize their potential. This season may not look too promising, but a key trade or a key free agency acquisition (once the budgetary restrictions are lifted) could be the key to setting the Stars back on the path towards the top.

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Imagine a team with James Neal, Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Tom Wandell and Steve Ott that is more experienced and more dangerous, that Nieuwendyk has placed select skilled, veteran defensemen and several young and skilled forwards. In front of a revitalized Lehtonen, that team could be dangerous.

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It's a good perspective on a Turco-less, Modano-less Stars roster, check it out.

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