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Offense: Dallas was 20th in scoring last time out and Modano, usually one of the game's great players, managed just 14 goals. Off-ice problems were a part of that (bad investment management), but with Bill Guerin and Jason Arnott pushing him, and some young faces taking more responsibility, Modano should rebound.
Defense: Not nearly as good as the Ken Hitchcock-coached unit that was awarded the Stanley cup in 1999, but still pretty solid with All-Star Sergei Zubov and the steady Philippe Boucher in the top two spots. It's steady enough in creating offense though not quite physical enough in its own end.
Goaltending: Marty Turco is as good as any goalie in the league during the regular season (it's not quite the same in the playoffs), and that's where this team will need him. He's an outstanding athlete with one of the best glove hands in the league and he knows how to make the game-saving stop.p>
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|Comings & Goings|
D Martin Skoula; G Johan Hedberg; D Stephane Robidas; LW Garrett Burnett.
D Teppo Numminen; C Pierre Turgeon; RW Valeri Bure; D Chris Therien; RW Aaron Downey; RW Scott Young; RW Rob DiMaio; D Mark Wotton.
|When we last saw them|
Guerin had 34 goals and 35 assists in 82 games.
Turco posted 37-21-13 record, the second-best wins total in the league. He was also third overall in goals-against average (1.98) and shutouts (nine).
“The numbers might not match up with the other deals, but I think in the long run, this will be better for me.”
— Mike Modano on his new deal with the Stars