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This shocked many Stars fans, as Ryder was a fan-favorite to Stars fans and had been producing good stats for the Stars throughout the shortened season. On the ice, Ken Hitchcock's first season proved to be a good one. Initially successful both on the ice and at the gate, the North Stars fell victim to financial problems after several poor seasons in the mids.

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This would be the first of four playoff meetings between the Stars and Avalanche in the next seven years. In the playoffs, the Stars met the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, battling back-and-forth through the first four games, with each game decided by one goal, including three going into overtime. As a result, the team announced that head coach Lindy Ruff's contract would not be renewed. Hull had already had a magnificent career with the St.

Winger Jere Lehtinen was also awarded the Frank J. The Stars further shocked the hockey world by sweeping the St. The Stars ultimately won the Pacific Division for the second year in a row, and were seeded second in the Western Conference.

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