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NHL Lockout: Dallas Stars Could Benefit From Work Stoppage

Hockey fans aren't actively rooting for an NHL lockout -- they'd be borderline insane to. If there is a work stoppage in the NHL this year, though, it could benefit the Dallas Stars.

Jeff Angus over at Defending Big D, SB Nation's Dallas Stars blog, has three reasons why the lockout could benefit the Stars.

1) Derek Roy's injury

The Stars lack depth up the middle. It is no secret - after Jamie Benn and Derek Roy, things fall off very quickly. Roy had his shoulder cleaned up this summer (a procedure that was pushed for by the Dallas management and ownership), and because of that he is on the mend until mid-to-late November. If the season is pushed back a few months, he should be returning around the same time as the rest of his teammates.

Angus also cites less wear and tear on veteran players, as well as more developmental time for young players, as other reasons why the Stars would benefit from a delayed start to the season.

This assumes, of course, that the entire season wouldn't be cancelled.

The read is well worth the time for any Dallas Stars fan, so be sure to check it out over at Defending Big D. Sign up and join the discussion while you're there.

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