Feb 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric (28) checks Minnesota Wild right wing Nick Johnson (25) during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Wild 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Fistric Departs Dallas

It was announced today that Canadian defenseman Mark Fistric will be leaving the Dallas Stars and heading to Edmonton in exchange for a 2013 third round draft pick.

During his time in Texas, Mark racked up 257 games and recorded 23 points. He also notched 220 penalty minutes.

Fistric was the most physical of the Stars’ defensive unit last campaign. He is a very big hitter and isn’t afraid to stick up

for his team. The likes of Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley are all phenomenal puck carriers, but they lack that physical edge that Mark offered the team.

There are mixed views regarding the move by GM Joe. Some people will feel that Fistric is worth a lot more than a just a third round pick. However, with lots of experience in the current Stars roster, the management need to start looking towards the future, and that is was Nieuwendyk seems to have done here.

Fistric’s departure to his native country will free up a slot for one the youngsters to fight for. I think the battle will between Jordie Benn and Brenden Dillon, two impressive young defenseman.

Jordie Benn has had a great season with the Texas Stars during the lockout. He offered the Stars a crucial bit of offense, scoring 17 points in 34 games, with a +/- of 4. Whilst offering offense he has also been solid and consistent on defense.

Brenden Dillon is now pretty experienced at pro level, having played his 100th game in the AHL this season. Like Jordie, Brenden has also added offense to the Texas Stars line-up. He has a big frame on him, standing at 6ft3in and weighing 228.

It will be interesting to see who Gulutzen opts for on Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.

I would like to thank Mark Fistric for his efforts in the green and gold of the Dallas Stars and wish him the best of luck in Edmonton.

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