The Dallas Stars made a trade this afternoon to address their cap issues since Sean Avery was dropped down through waivers last week. Today the Stars traded with the Minnesota Wild, picking up winger Eric Nystrom for future considerations. Nystrom’s cap hit of $1.4 million puts the Stars back above the cap floor. His contract is for this season and next.
The side effect of the move is that Tomas Vincour has reportedly been sent down to the minors, back to the Texas Stars. For you regular readers, you might remember that early in the preseason I published a piece arguing that Vincour was ready to stay with the big club and has the tools to provide more to the team then a few of their 4th liners. Well Tomas kept the strong preseason up and did find himself earning a spot on the roster. But because of this unexpected cap situation, the Stars had to add payroll and Vincour’s low level contract made him the victim. I fully expect him to play top minutes down in Austin and that at some point this season we will see him back with Dallas as an injury call-up.
Nystrom should be down with the team before Thursday night’s game and a player being sent down means that probably either Grossman or Pardy will be ready to play after missing the first three games. Nystrom gives the Stars another 4th liner and character guy, but at first glance he is a slightly better and more expensive Krys Barch. But right now the Stars had to have the cap hit, and the rest of this is a side effect of it.