For a team that underwent massive reconstruction in the wake of a fifth straight season out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it's fair to say there are more than six questions the Dallas Stars will need to answer coming into the season. But following some major additions to their roster and an overhaul of the front office and coaching staff, Dallas will be an intriguing team to watch entering the 2013-14 NHL season.
It starts with the hiring of Jim Nill as general manager and Lindy Ruff as coach. Each enjoyed successful stretches with the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres, respectively, and are among the most-respected men in the game. They'll likely have to harness all their expertise to lead a team that is very different from the one that finished 2012-13 seven points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot.
Despite the changes, Dallas will have stability where it counts. Jamie Benn, easily the team's best all-round forward, will be expected to take the next step toward becoming a franchise player, and goaltender Kari Lehtonen again will be expected to carry the defense as far as he can.
Other than that, there will be plenty of questions surrounding an intriguing Stars team. Here are six of them: