As the author of this article points out, general manager Joe Nieuwendyk only missed the playoffs four times as a player, but he's on a run of three consecutive seasons of missing the playoffs as a GM.

So while the Stars have definitely been trying to set themselves up for the future with their offseason moves, they are trying to address the present at the same time.

And while the quotes in this article aren't that new, it is nice to see a bit of a positive spin on the offseason that focuses less on the age the Stars brought in and more the direction they're trying to go as a franchise, priming for a run this season while also leaving openings in future seasons for players coming up the system.

"We've been able to remake our team a bit and we like it," Stars owner Tom Gagliardi said. "It fits very well with our long-term direction. We had to give up a couple of assets to get there, but we like who we've brought in and the deals we made. We feel fortunate we got done what we wanted to get done in pretty short order. We're a better hockey team today."

After the jump, some inside information on Jamie Benn, fans from other teams take on the Stars moves and a 15-year flashback to Reunion Arena.