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NHL Lockout 2012: Joe Nieuwendyk's Last Stand

The fifth in a series looking at how a potential year-long lockout would affect the Dallas Stars as a team and an organization.

GM Joe has only been around since 2009, but he's been in a number of controversial moves already: The non-trade of Brad Richards, letting Mike Modano walk away, trading for Alex Goligoski, trading away Steve Ott. He was handcuffed at the start of his GM career by the Tom Hicks mess, but he's still not getting a lot of leeway with the fans.

The moves he made this past offseason really signaled the changing of the guard and the beginning of the Nieuwendyk stamp on the team as the young players on the team would be brought in under his tenure. This looked like the critical year in his plans and a lockout could shoot that all to hell.

What happens in the next couple of seasons will determine whether the team extends him or whether his time is up as GM of the Stars.

For more coverage of the Stars as well as further NHL lockout news and analysis, check out Defending Big D as well as the SB Nation Dallas StoryStream.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.