Now is the time for every player to prove himself, but some prominent names have a little more to prove.
While the Stars have improved as a team, Mike Modano is suffering through the worst season of his 15-year career.
Alex Tanguay leads his better-known teammates and all but one other NHL player in scoring this season.
Marian Gaborik has his contract and the Minnesota Wild finally have their superstar back.
The Stars payroll slashing has not trickled down to Mike Modano, who will make at least $9 million this season.
Mike Modano has had success this preseason with wingers such as Brenden Morrow, Bill Guerin or Jere Lehtinen.