The Dallas Stars made a few slick signings on the first day of free agency, adding veterans Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry and Andrej Sekera to their roster. For a team that shocked everyone by upsetting the Predators in the first round last year before falling in Game 7 to the eventual Stanley Cup champs, the moves certainly feel like they bolster Dallas' chance at success.
The Stars essentially swapped out Jason Spezza and Mats Zuccarello for Pavelski and Perry. The two forwards have phenomenal track records, with Pavelski having more success than Perry recently, but the addition of these two players does not push the Stars into the realm of Cup contenders.
The Stars added aging players whose top production is behind them. Perry missed the majority of 2018-2019 with injury and Pavelski had a rough go of things in the playoffs, missing time due to a concussion.
Pavelski has seen his point totals drop each of the last four seasons, while Perry's production has virtually fallen off of a cliff. The two players will benefit from having Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov on their team, but their production still will not boost the Stars to the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
The Stars will also miss the presence of a pass-first guy in Zuccarello in their lineup. Zucc meshed will with the Stars and was a key component to their playoff success. Sometimes chemistry is more important than star power, and that will be the case for the Dallas Stars.