The Dallas Stars got an early start addressing the needs of an underachieving 2016-17 team when they signed recently-acquired goalie Ben Bishop to a six-year deal on Friday, but it would behoove them for the signing to be just the first of several offseason steps.
Another need for a team that scored 43 less goals this season than the year before is to replenish its scoring depth.
Of the Stars’ 222 goals -- good for 16th best in the NHL -- 83 came from forwards outside of the top six. And three of those forwards may not be in Dallas next season: Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp and Jiri Hudler.
Another forward could be exposed in the expansion draft.
Any combination of the aforementioned names could come back, but whether it’s them or a free agent acquisition -- T.J. Oshie, for example, the sweepstakes for whom are officially underway with the Washington Capitals’ exit from the postseason -- the Stars need to fill the roster with guys who can find the back of the net.
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