from Mark Stepneski of DallasStars.com,
When Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill signed defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year contract Wednesday, he called it the last piece of the puzzle for the team this offseason. Other pieces added included forward Patrick Sharp and goaltender Antti Niemi.
While Nill has been busy acquiring pieces, Stars coach Lindy Ruff has been busy pondering the possibilities of how the pieces will fit. And reflecting on the commitment from ownership.
“It’s really important for us to take that next step. These guys have been winners and know how to win. They should help us get there,” Ruff said. “Ownership has really stepped up and said we can make this team better. I’ve got to give Tom [Gaglardi] and his family a lot of credit for making this team better with the last couple of pieces here. It’s been tremendous.”
The Stars’ three key acquisitions own six Stanley Cups between them, all with Chicago. Sharp leads the way with three.
“When I talked to him, he felt he had a little bit of an off year last year. He is really excited to come to Dallas. He seemed to be a real pain in our side when we played them. He’s got a great goal-scoring touch,” Ruff said. “Obviously, he brings the experience of winning Stanley Cups in Chicago. That kind of experience is tough to duplicate. He’s a veteran guy that has been there, knows how to win and should help with the youth of our team.”
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