On Sunday, June 2nd, the 2024 Dallas Stars’ season came to a disappointing close—for the team and one of the veterans on the roster.

Let’s look back at the highlights from both the regular and postseason.

#1 Seed in the West

2024 saw the second-best Stars’ regular season with 52 wins and 113 points, one point behind the 1999 Stanley Cup-winning team. It was also the Stars’ second central division and regular season Western conference titles since the 2013/2014 realignment (both also came along in 2016).

One of the biggest highlights of the Stars’ season was their eight-game winning streak. In franchise history, seven games was the ceiling that Dallas would hit over and over again. And that winning streak came at the best time—late in the season/early spring when Dallas was seeking home-ice positioning leading into the playoffs.

Youth Movement Continues

Wyatt Johnston had no sophomore slump. Forwards Logan Stankoven, Mavrik Bourque, and defenseman Thomas Harley becoming NHL regulars or getting their feet wet in the major league.  Bourque is the new guy for whom the Stars have high hopes. And for a good reason, given recent team history and what Bourque (and Stankoven) did down in Austin this year.

This may also sound controversial to Stars fans. While it was sad to see Joe Pavelski, in all likelihood, retiring, it may be best for the Stars heading into 2025. Pavelski will be 40 before the end of the year and was slowing down this past postseason. It also doesn’t mean Pavelski can’t become a future Stanley Cup champion as a trainer, coach, or front office position.

In the meantime, Dallas needs to bank more on their youth.  Not that the vets can’t still contribute.  Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Matt Duchene still looked good at times during the 2024 playoffs.

Bittersweet Postseason

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After the first two rounds of the playoffs, Stars fans were feeling pretty good about their team.  They got payback vs the team that eliminated them last year, the Vegas Golden Knights.  After that thrilling seven-game series dethroning the defending champs, next, the Stars were up vs the champs from 2022.  Drawing the Colorado Avalanche in round two, the Stars beat their long-time rivals in six games. They were winning convincingly, to boot.

Then, the Western Conference finals happened. While the Stars were up 2-1 in the series vs. the Edmonton Oilers, they would go on to lose the series in six. Oilers’ coach Kris Knoblauch made adjustments prior to game four. Stars’ head coach Pete DeBoer had no answer going forward, with Dallas seeing their 2024 Stanley Cup come crashing down.

Despite that bittersweet end to 2024, Stars fans have many reasons to be excited about the upcoming 2024/2025 season, which will begin in just four months.
Stars’ GM Jim Nill knows how to build a team year after year.

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