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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5. C Joe Pavelski

Joe Pavelski has been nothing but a fan favorite ever since arriving in Dallas ahead of the 2019-20 season. During that time, the 39-year-old center leads all Stars players in games played, assists, and points while ranking second in goals, proving how he continues to be effective at this stage of his career.

But as much as Stars fans love Pavelski and vice versa, his time with the franchise might not last much longer. For starters, the former 2003 seventh-rounder is also a UFA this summer. While that doesn't guarantee a departure, he already had his next contract extension signed by this time last season, meaning the situation isn't as concrete this year.

Secondly, Pavelski's age must be taken into account. He's still playing at a high level as he nears his 40th birthday in July, but that doesn't mean he'll want to return for a 19th NHL campaign. Some players want to retire on their terms when they're on top, so I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to hang up the skates before his play falls off a cliff. The Stars winning the Stanley Cup would only increase those odds.

It's hard to imagine the Stars' roster without Pavelski going forward, but it's clear that a future without No. 16 could come to fruition as early as this offseason.