5 Stars Playing Their Final Postseason in Dallas

Regardless of how the Dallas Stars' playoff run goes, offseason changes are inevitable. Here are five players who are likely experiencing their final postseason in the Lone Star State.
Matt Duchene is likely playing in his final postseason with the Stars.
Matt Duchene is likely playing in his final postseason with the Stars. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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4. C Ty Dellandrea

While plenty of Stars are exceeding expectations this offseason, Ty Delandrea isn't one of them. After setting a career-high in goals (9), assists (19), and points (28) last season, the former Flint Firebird has posted a 2-7-9 stat line through 42 games this year. Even if he played all 82 games again, he was still only on pace for about four goals and 14 assists.

Additionally, Dellandrea ranks dead last among Stars forwards when it comes to on-ice goal percentage and on-ice goal differential, highlighting how he's been doing more harm than good. His poor play even resulted in his being a healthy scratch multiple times.

While Dellandrea's output is "fine" for a fourth-liner, it isn't the type of play you want to see from someone who was drafted 13th overall in 2018. He's only 23 years old and has more than enough time to turn things around (in theory), but it's hard to watch a player regress that much this early into his career.

Dellandrea is a restricted free agent this offseason and all eyes are on the Stars to see how they handle the situation. They can attempt to re-sign him for cheap or even bring him to arbitration later in the summer, but a trade could also be in the cards. At the end of the day, Dallas might not be a good fit for Dellandrea and it could be mutually beneficial for the sides to work on a trade.

Unless the Stars see something in the Toronto, ON native that I don't, I won't be shocked if he's not on the 2024-25 opening night roster.