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The Dallas Stars Now Have Offensive Options

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars coach was asked what he felt he could do with his two new “top-six” forwards Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, and he answered with bemusement.

“Well,” he said with a chuckle, “I think the options are almost limitless.”

When Stars general manager Jim Nill made a trade early Tuesday to acquire Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and then later in the day signed Hemsky to a three-year free-agent contract for $4 million a season, he solved a lot of problems for Ruff.

One, he created a real second line that will take pressure off of leading scorers Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Two, he propped up a sagging power play (23rd in the NHL at 15.9 percent) and created the possibility of two solid units on the man advantage. And three, he allowed Ruff to ponder a third line of Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt that cashed in for 47 goals last season.

“You look at what we have now, and we really have a great top nine,” Ruff said of moving the Eakin line from second line to third. “You can do a lot with that. You can create mismatches, you can get away from matchups [the other team wants], you can juggle your personnel.”


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