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Stars, captain Brenden Morrow and Jagr seek end to 4-year playoff drought in short season

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    Dallas Stars left wing Brenden Morrow trades out a hockey stick during NHL hockey training camp in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The Associated Press

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    Dallas Stars right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) watches from the bench during NHL hockey training camp in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The Associated Press

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    Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (3) listens to right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) during NHL hockey training camp in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The Associated Press

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    Dallas Stars Cristopher Nilstorp comes off the ice during NHL hockey training camp in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The Associated Press

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    Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan speaks to players on the bench during NHL hockey training camp in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The Associated Press

The Dallas Stars are a long way from playoff relevance after four straight years without a postseason trip.

Such a drought was unthinkable when team captain Brenden Morrow was a rookie in 2000 and Dallas was in the middle of a four-year stretch that included 73 playoff games.

Getting back to the playoffs will require the Stars to navigate the NHL's version of a short season — a 48-game schedule trimmed by the 113-day lockout.

The Stars think they upgraded their offense by adding Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney, a pair of 40-year-old forwards who went through the NHL's last 48-game season in 1994-95.

The long-delayed opener is Saturday night at home against Phoenix.