With the roster of the Dallas Stars currently jam-packed with players, allowing little wiggle room for roster moves such as giving a prospect ice-time and so forth, there are already large limitations being inherently put on the Dallas Stars team.
That said, it will also be very difficult for the Stars to trade to make room or to upgrade thanks to every player on the team being at a premium now that Brad Richards isn’t around.
In the past you could see trades such as the James Neal move for Gologiski as a positive move, we had a middle of the pack scoring and a defensemen could make the overall team offense better, technically.
However, now that Richards is gone the offense has taken a hit that will be hard to repair. Even with the addition of Michael Ryder and teh depth-improvements that Fiddler and Dvorak bring to the bottom 2 forward lines, the Stars are going to struggle to hit the middle of the pack this year.
That said, now players like Ribeiro, Morrow, Benn and Eriksson are even more important and trading any of them away will be a damaging blow to what little offense the team has left.
So, assuming you can’t afford to lose any of our skill-players in a trade even if it is for a top-tier defenseman or an all-star forward, how would the Stars acquire anyone?
It’s difficult no matter which route you go. You would essentially be trading a 1st or 2nd round draft pick with a prospect for any all-star worthy player at this point if you aren’t planning on giving away a top-tier player already on the roster. Not only that, you would likely be limited to targetting a team that is worse off than the Dallas Stars and need more picks in the draft more than they need the talent they currently have moving forward.
And moving forward as a team that is half-way rebuilding, that wouldn’t be productive, especially if you believe all of the analysts who put the talent pool at the AHL/Junior levels so low for the franchise.
So, it’s hard to really expect any moves. That said, getting inventive has been something that Joe N. has had a eye for so far in his brief tenure.
If you were in Joe’s shoes, what moves would you try to make?