Has it really been a year?

So one year ago, this happened.

The year in between passed by all too quickly.  It’s crazy to think that Mike Modano hasn’t played a game in Dallas for an entire year, when it feels like just yesterday that he was tearing up the AAC ice, jersey flapping in the wind.

Times change.  Teams change.

In the past year, the Stars have undergone some massive changes.  In the past offseason, they let go of beloved veterans like Mo, Jere Lehtinen, and Marty Turco.  They acquired our current good luck charm, Adam Burish.

In the past year, the Stars have improved.  A lot.

At the beginning of the season, most Stars fans would have been delighted that we made it this far: so, so close to a playoff spot; completely in the race.  Now, though, our expectations are greater.  Just missing out isn’t an accomplishment; it’ll be heartbreak if that happens.  There’s a feeling around these parts that the Stars are perfectly capable of making the playoffs. We won’t settle for outside looking in.

Tonight will either be the nail in the coffin or a sign of hope.  All that has to happen is a Stars win and a Chicago loss.  Sounds easy enough, right?  Not quite.  Theoretically, it should happen.  That doesn’t mean it will.  But it might.

And while we’re just setting ourselves up for despair, I can’t help but think that we’re still in better shape than we were this time last year.  Even if we don’t make the cut, there’s no denying that we did work this season.

One can’t help but wonder, what’s next?


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