A week after trading for goaltender Curtis McKenzie, the Stars are trying to get it done on their own terms.
The team is hoping to avoid the fate of the Buffalo Sabres, who lost out on Boushian, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL draft, in a deal that sent defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Justin Dowling to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Alex Goligoski, defenseman Erik Cole and forward Mattias Janmark.
It’s not a great look, but the Stars think they can pull it off.
It was a bold move by the team, but it’s also one that could have a lot of benefits for the organization.
“The fact that we’re going to be able to make this trade, which we think is the right thing to do, it’s going to open up a lot more space,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday.
“We’ve got a bunch of talent up front, we’ve got two very good defensemen on the back end, we have a goalie on our team that’s proven, we’re able to play a very physical game and it opens up a whole new world.”
With the trade, the Dallas team could now be the first to the Stanley Cup Final since the 2008-09 season, a feat that was only possible thanks to the power of the Stars blue line.
And it will be a tough fight to keep up with the other teams that have had their playoff hopes dashed in recent years.
The Stars’ goalies, for example, lost their starter, Craig Anderson, to a season-ending injury in February.
They lost goaltender Antti Niemi to an ACL tear in March.
They also had to deal with injuries to center Travis Moen, left wing Cody Eakin, center Cody Eaves, left winger Patrick Sharp and right wing Jason Spezza.
The list goes on.
The Dallas Stars could have gone through a lot in this deal, but this was the right move for them.
“I think this is the kind of team that we need to be.
This is the type of team we need our fans to be,” Ruff said.
“This is the sort of team where we can compete in the playoffs.”
For the Stars, it will take a lot for them to make it back to the postseason.
The win streak they have since the start of the season is the worst in the league, which could help with that.
The last time they reached the playoffs was in 2008, the year after the Bobcats won the Atlantic Division.
That was a team that was struggling on defense.
The problem with that team was that it lacked an offensive threat, something that will be harder to find with the Stars.
Ruff acknowledged the loss of Anderson.
But he also said the loss was a big one.
“It’s a huge blow to the organization, and it’s a big loss for our team,” Ruff added.
“You know what, Curtis is a big part of our team, he’s a good guy.
But we’re a young team.
And we have to move on.
But I think it’s something we’ll be able bounce back from and we’re very, very grateful for Curtis.” “
So yeah, it was a huge loss.
But I think it’s something we’ll be able bounce back from and we’re very, very grateful for Curtis.”
The Stars will also be hoping that this is just the beginning.
They’ll be hoping to get their best player back in the lineup and get to the Western Conference Final.
That’s a goal that they’ve never been able to accomplish in their history.
“As long as you can win, it’ll always be a goal,” Ruff noted.
“There’s a lot that goes into winning and we know that.
But right now, we need one win.”
With all that said, the Blueshirts have a chance to make a run in the Western Final, too.
They have won eight of their last nine games, and they’ll be without forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who’s suspended the first three games of the playoffs.
Tarasko has two goals and two assists in his last four games.
“They are going to have a tough time getting back into the playoff picture, and if they can’t do that, then we’ve still got some good teams in the West that are going do it,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.