As we move closer and closer to the Sept. 15 deadline for the expiration of the current CBA and what many feel could be at the very least a delayed season and at worst a lengthy lockout, it seems we move further and further away from analyzing the immediate future of the Dallas Stars when play actually resumes. For some it has been an exercise in futility, faced with the distinct possibility that hockey is months away instead of weeks, as it would normally be at this time of year.