FHL: Baby, You're a Star Now

Updated: February 14, 2007, 2:58 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com
The Dallas Stars began addressing their offensive shortcomings on Monday, though it wasn't by acquiring Peter Forsberg, considered the most talented scorer on the market right now. No, Dallas instead picked up seven-year veteran Ladislav Nagy from the Phoenix Coyotes, parting with role player Mathias Tjarnqvist and a first-round draft pick.

For the Stars, the league's No. 24 offense at 2.61 goals per game, it's not a bad addition, even though Nagy's a lesser player than Forsberg, and perhaps every bit as much the injury risk. He's 27, in his prime, and has 21 goals and 93 points, 44 of those on the power play, in his last 100 games, and in the first year back from the lockout in 2005-06, Nagy was better than a point-per-game performer (56 in 51 contests).

In Dallas, Nagy steps right in on the first line, which speaks volumes about the depth of the Stars' offense these days. He'll skate alongside Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen, an awfully fantasy-friendly line assignment, and be a mainstay on the power play as well. Still, Modano has only 11 goals and 22 points in 33 games this season, Lehtinen 17 goals and 28 points in 51 contests, meaning it's no automatic that Nagy will see a marked improvement on his eight goals and 41 points in 55 games to date. Chemistry between these three will be an important thing, and bears watching in the next couple weeks.

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