5 Stars Players Leaving Dallas in the New Year

The 2023-24 NHL season is nearly halfway over and the Dallas Stars are heading towards a playoff appearance. But just because the team is on the right path doesn't mean these five players are guaranteed to last the New Year in the Lone Star State.
Matt Duchene is one of five Stars players who could leave Dallas in 2024.
Matt Duchene is one of five Stars players who could leave Dallas in 2024. / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Radek Faska

It doesn't feel like it but it's been nearly 12 years since the Stars used the No. 13 pick to select Radek Faska in 2012.

The Czech forward's tenure has been mixed, to say the least. On one hand, he began his stint with 30-point performances in each of his first three full-length seasons and has also finished top-25 in Selke Trophy voting four times since 2018, highlighting his status as one of the league's better defensive forwards.

On the other hand, Faska's offense has been lacking. After scoring 54 goals across 306 games (0.18 goals per game) from 2017 to 2020, the 29-year-old has only registered 24 goals in 242 games (0.9 GPG) since the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign. In fact, he's only scored twice in 29 outings this season, putting him on pace for about five goals.

The Stars are right up against the salary cap and if they want to make some deadline deals, Faska — who carries a $3.25 million cap hit this season and next — is a prime trade candidate. He has a five-team modified no-trade clause, but chances are that at least one of the 26 teams that aren't on his list could use a defensive bottom-six forward.

Barring an unexpected turnaround, I'd be shocked if Faska isn't in another jersey once the 2024-24 season begins. After all, it was only in the summer when the Stars were looking for a trade partner to move him.