The NHL Trade Deadline occurs one week from today. Do the Dallas Stars need to make any moves? Here are three potential targets they could shoot for.
The NHL Trade Deadline is scheduled for February 29th at 2:00 p.m. CST, and it looks to be one of the biggest deadlines in years. Some of the league’s big names have already been dealt, including Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Roman Polak, and Raffi Torres. But it is far from over, and things will only heat up from here.
Over the past few weeks, teams have slowly begun making certain players available. It’s not only tanking teams though. Even some of the top teams in the league are extending some of their best players, looking if they can draw interest.
While the Dallas Stars have not publicly made any of their players available, they are definitely examining the market. GM Jim Nill has been talking extensively about staying cautious in this upcoming deadline and only taking the “guarantee” trade, so to speak. In other words, Nill is not looking for any risks.
This is unusual for Stars fans to hear, considering Nill’s past at the deadline. In the past two seasons as GM, Nill has pieced together some rather lucrative and interesting trades, and some have worked. But there have been others that could have aided the Stars had they never transmitted in the first place.
He’s gone for things such as backup goaltenders, both old and young and trading veteran players for draft picks and young prospects.
We’ve seen success bloom from some of the deals, like trading Erik Cole for Mattias Janmark and Mattias Backman. There have also been trades that do nothing for Dallas, like giving away Anders Lindback in order to harbor Jhonas Enroth for all of two months. Finally, there have been some borderline bad trades, like dishing Stephane Robidas for a draft pick or trading Dan Ellis for Tim Thomas.
Everyone knows that Nill is a sharpshooter when it comes to making trade and free agency decisions in the offseason. But near the trade deadline, it’s a crapshoot.
Funny enough, the NHL is looking at a full-scale crapshoot this deadline. Whether some players are truly available or not, we will not know until they are actually dealt.
What we do know, however, is that Nill will hold off until the perfect option presents itself. He has stated that he is against the idea of trading any growing prospects and believes that the Stars’ current core of players, both major and minor, are in excellent standing.
But if the Dallas Stars are looking for someone to bolster and round out their team, here are three efficient options that they could take a look at.