2021 2022 NHL Trade Deadline series: Saying goodbye to players

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars attends the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars attends the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Well Dallas Stars fans, we made it to the end of February of the 2021-2022 NHL season which means the Trade Deadline is approaching. This is the time where NHL teams who are currently in or on the verge of the playoffs trade players to get better down the stretch.

This will be the start of Blackout Dallas’s NHL Trade Deadline series. Over the next 3-4 weeks, we will break down trade rumors that you might here for certain Dallas Stars players and if that trade is reasonable or not. I thought we would start off our series with a down to earth talk about the deadline. That is the departure to some of our favorite players that currently play for the franchise.

This is a tough time for most hockey fans as the owner or general manager might trade away a fans favorite player. Sometimes players can be traded because it will save salary cap down the road. Some might be traded because a team close to making the playoffs might need an extra scorer or defender.

While the Stars have been very quiet at the deadline for quite some time, this year might be different. The Stars have players with expiring contracts such as: Braden Holtby, Joe Pavelski, Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg.

Here’s a scenario to ponder which could happen to the Dallas Stars near the deadline. The Stars could be out of a playoff spot and a playoff team could call asking about any of those players. Would Jim Nill hold on to that player hoping to resign him or trade him to get something for him before his contract expires.

I know Joe “Captain America” Pavelski and Alexander “Mad Russian” Radulov are some of the fan’s favorite players. Those fans have to realize trading them at the deadline could really help the franchise out in the long run with picks or prospects.

Saying goodbye to players can be tough for fans, trust me it sucks. Sometimes that trade could allow a new fan favorite to join the team either from the trade or from their prospect system. Next week we will be talking about trades that could be a disaster for the Stars if they were to go through with it.