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2005-06 Finish: 53-23-6, 2nd West
General Manager: Doug Armstrong (4th Season)
Head Coach: Dave Tippett (4th Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 265
2005-06 Goals Against: 218
2005-06 Power Play: 17.7% (19th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 83.7% (12th)
Points Leader: Mike Modano (77)
Goals Leader: Jere Lehtinen (33)
Assists Leader: Sergei Zubov (58)

Offseason Moves: Acquired centre Mike Green from the New York Rangers for a 2008 conditional pick; acquired centre Patrik Stefan and defenceman Jaroslav Modry from the Atlanta Thrashers for centre Niko Kapanen and a 2006 seventh-round pick; acquired defenceman Darryl Sydor from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2008 fourth-round pick; signed right wing Matthew Barnaby, who had been with the Chicago Blackhawks, to a one-year contract; signed centre Jeff Halpern, who had been with the Washington Capitals, to a four-year contract; signed centre Eric Lindros, who had been with the Toronto Maple Leafs, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Marty Wilford, who had been with the Los Angeles Kings, to a minor league contract.

Goaltending: The Stars signed Marty Turco to a four-year, $22.8 million US contract extension in January, maintaining his status as the top man in Big D. He set a career-high in wins (41) and was the main reason for the team's regular season success. The next step for him is to elevate his game in the postseason. In 22 playoff games, Turco has an 8-14 record. With Johan Hedberg gone, it looks like Mike Smith will get the call as the backup. Smith has four AHL seasons under his belt and should be ready for the next level. Saskatoon native Dan Ellis has also gained a lot of experience over the last few seasons with Hamilton and Iowa of the AHL.

Defence: The Dallas blueline also looks very strong, with Darryl Sydor returning to the club to add an extra level of veteran leadership, toughness and experience. Sergei Zubov's numbers speak for themselves, as the Russian veteran has scored at least 40 points in each of his last 10 seasons and led the Stars in assists (5
last year. The rest of the defence features Jaroslav Modry, Philippe Boucher, Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley - all mobile blueliners who can move the puck well. But there is also a lack of toughness in the back end.

Forwards: Mike Modano rebounded well from his sub-par 2003-04 campaign, scoring 77 points in 78 games. The Stars also got a stellar season from three-time Selke Trophy winner Jere Lehtinen, who led the team with 33 goals and matched a career high in points (52). The team will miss Jason Arnott's contributions, but hope that Eric Lindros can fill the No. 2 centre spot. If he's healthy, the Big E will be a big factor and should gel well with physical winger Brenden Morrow. If not, look for centre and former first-overall pick Patrik Stefan to get more ice time with a fresh start in Dallas. Jeff Halpern will be slotted in as the team's checking centre, thanks to his solid two-way game and penalty killing skills.

Welcome to the NHL: Forward Loui Eriksson is considered the Stars' top prospect up front. The 6-1 winger had a strong season with the Iowa Stars, with 31 goals and 29 assists in 78 games. Wearing an NHL jersey is on Eriksson's mind, but it could be hard to crack the lineup unless one of the veterans gets hurt.
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