It could be when health finally intersects with youth to create offense. It could be when questions in the crease finally find answers — whether the answers are ones Dallas wants or not. It could be when the Stars discover a third scoring line. But, most of all, it could be the final year of the current contention window.
The 2021-22 season provides the Stars a natural stopping point should they choose to take it. John Klingberg, Joe Pavelski, Alexander Radulov and Rick Bowness (along with Andrej Sekera, Blake Comeau, Braden Holtby and Michael Raffl) all enter the season in the final year of their contracts.
The Stars are two seasons removed from going to the Stanley Cup Final, two wins away from winning it all. They are also months removed from missing the playoffs. The next seven months will determine which direction the Stars organization heads from the crossroads.
“Obviously, we all know our situation with our team,” Stars forward Tyler Seguin said. “We’ve got quite the balance of a lot of older guys and younger guys, and kind of have the perfect mix.
“We know there’s some core pieces who are coming to the end of their deals right now. That’s not lost on us. Again, we know we have something special here. We’ve got a great team on paper. Obviously, paper doesn’t mean anything.”
Klingberg is the only member of the Stars core that general manager Jim…