Summer Report: Dallas Stars 

July, 28, 2006
Since the Stars suffered a second straight first-round playoff exit, GM Doug Armstrong has been reshuffling the deck around core players Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov and Marty Turco.

Armstrong hopes the changes will make the team a little more resilient in the playoffs without hindering its regular-season success. After all, the Stars captured the Pacific Division crown with 112 points. That success is probably the biggest reason team owner Tom Hicks signed Armstrong to a three-year contract extension.

Financially, the club's biggest offseason move was to buy out the final year of Bill Guerin's contract. He was due $6.5 million for the 2006-07 season. The buyout pays Guerin two-thirds of that total (approximately $4.5 million) over the next two years. The move opened up about $4 million of cap space for the upcoming season. However, the Stars will take a $2.25 million cap hit for Guerin in each of the next two seasons. Guerin subsequently signed a new deal with the conference rival Blues.