The Dallas Stars are officially eliminated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They finish 3rd best in a valiant effort to claw their way back in the Western Conference Final. The Vegas Golden Knights proved too good of a foe as they moved on to play the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup Final. The Golden Knights Dispatched the Stars in 6 games to send them home with a 10-9 playoff record.

Hopes of a Stanley Cup fell short, but it was a successful season for the Stars as they finished 3rd best. A post-mortem of the season is now necessary. What went right, wrong, and what needs to happen moving forward as the Stars begin their offseason.

Season Over

Game 6 of the Western Conference Final is the last game of the season. The Stars couldn’t force a Game 7 after losing 6-0 with their season on the line. Trailing 0-3 to Vegas is the ultimate death blow. Two consecutive wins in Games 4 and 5 were a nice effort, but they needed to double it.

The Stars finish 3rd out of 32 teams which is better than expected if you look back before the season. The Stars had a good year but couldn’t finish the job.

A Good Season

Finding positives in a loss is sometimes difficult to do. The Stars needed to win a playoff series this year, and they won two. Jason Robertson is the Stars’ player of the year with his incredible regular season. Roope Hintz is the player of the Playoffs with 24 points in 19 games. 14 Western Conference teams didn’t make it to Round Three, and the Stars made it further than any team in the Central Division. Now it’s time to look forward to next season with even better expectations.

Next Season

The Stars are a team that can do damage in the playoffs. The goal now is to do better than their current position. Next season’s goal is to make it to the Stanley Cup Final. This team has lots of potential with large amounts of talent. There is one missing puzzle piece that can fill the need for the Stars to make it to the Stanley Cup Final. The potential for players like Roope Hintz, Jason Robertson, and Jake Oettinger are only getting better as they get more experience.

The next season begins the second a team’s previous season ends. The Stars have 5 months of offseason to figure out what went wrong. Lots of cap space is on the table to make a splash in Free Agency. Players like Evgenii Dadonov, Max Domi, and Joel Kiviranta are upcoming free agents. The Stars can re-sign them or choose to go to the market on July 1. They have money to play with, so possible activity in Free Agent Frenzy will find the Stars’ way.

The final grade on the season is an A-. They could have gone farther, but Vegas is too good of a team. The Stars had lots of potential but ultimately fell 6 wins shy of the ultimate Chalice of Champions. It’s no Stanley Cup for the Stars this year, but a top 3 finish is a solid effort.

Hope for next season begins now, but it’s farewell to the 2022-23 Dallas Stars. The final words for this season are a great team whose hopes ended shy of the big dance. Until next season Stars fans, the Stanley Cup is not far away.

Final Playoff Results

First Round vs. Wild: 4-2

Second Round vs. Kraken: 4-3

Third Round vs. Golden Knights: 2-4

Photo: Dallas Stars Twitter

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