Skate in the crease, still intertwined

The expendability of a Sabre could play into the Stars' hands this summer

Originally Published: June 21, 2010
By Philip Myrland and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Stephane RobidasTim Vizer/Icon SMIRobidas has been great in Dallas, but help on the second pairing would be nice.

Plugging Holes -- Dallas Stars

The Hole: A second-pairing defenseman

Dallas has a strong group of forwards, both in terms of established veterans (Brenden Morrow, Brad Richards) and young up-and-comers (James Neal, Jamie Benn). GM Joe Nieuwendyk has already made moves to address the team's goaltending situation by signing trade-pickup Kari Lehtonen to replace the outgoing Marty Turco. Adding some blueline depth to protect Lehtonen -- and cut down on goals against -- is the next step to putting together a Dallas team that can return to the playoffs in 2010-11.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.