The Dallas Stars have made the first substantial trade leading up to the NHL trade deadline this afternoon. Defenseman Nicklas Grossman is on his way to the Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of picks. Reports are that the Stars are getting back a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft and a 3rd rounder in 2013 (originally belonged to Minnesota). With the news hitting this afternoon, Grossman will not be in the lineup for the game against the Calgary Flames tonight and his last game for the Stars was Tuesday’s contest in Detroit.
Rumors had been swirling that Grossman had been in talks and could be gone before the deadline. He is set to become a unrestricted free-agent this summer at 27-years old and with the trade it likely means that the Stars were not able to work out a deal with him, or just felt it was better for the team to move him and open room for younger players. Mark Fistric should benefit the most for the rest of this season, but the trade might also open up room for guys like Brenden Dillion and Jordie Benn to compete for some time later this season and for a spot next year.
Last week we discussed Grossman in the ‘Buy Or Sell’ series and it looks like the Stars found the move that fit. While it immediately brings up concern for filling out the roster this weekend, the deal looks like a strong one for the Stars long-term. They get another 2nd round pick in one of the deepest drafts in recent years, and acquire another mid-round pick for next year. The return is probably the max that could be expected for a player like Grossman.