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Stars have to be creative to improve

Without financial flexibility, it will be a challenge for Nieuwendyk to fill holes

Updated: April 11, 2010, 10:48 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday without an appearance from the Dallas Stars, who didn't earn an invitation for the second consecutive season.

A non-postseason streak is a rarity for the organization, which hasn't missed the playoffs two straight years since the team moved from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993.

"It's not where we want to be," general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "No one is happy about not making the playoffs for two years. We have some good, ...

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