This year was a lot different than other years at the NHL Trade Deadline for the Dallas Stars. Fans are used to a Jim Nill press conference after the deadline passes and him saying “I like where the team is at.” The Stars made three trades at the deadline this season in order to improve their roster before their playoff run. They traded for Evegenii Dadonov, Max Domi, and Scott Reedy. Let’s take a look at the trades to learn more about the new players joining the Stars.
Dallas Stars Trade for Evegenii Dadonov
The Star’s first trade this season was trading Denis Gurianov for Evegenii Dadonov. The reason why they went after Dadonov was both players in the trade just needed a change of scenery. It seems to have worked out for both sides already as both players are thriving on their new teams. Dadonov has felt right at home on Jamie Benn’s line with Wyatt Johnston. Dadonov has already made some new fans with his first goal as a Stars player against the Vancouver Canucks.
Dallas Stars Trade for Max Domi
This was a trade I think every Stars fan wanted to have happen but wasn’t expecting due to the price tag ask. The Stars were able to acquire Max Domi and AHL goaltender Dylan Wells for Anton Khudobin and a 2025 second-round pick. It’s kind of funny how this trade went down after Domi walked all over the Stars two weeks before the trade was made. It was also funny that it happened when we went there to take on the Blackhawks for the final time this season.
The 28-year-old center has 19 goals and 31 assists so far this season. This trade was made to make sure Tyler Seguin had another scoring threat on his line before we got to the playoffs. I know it hurt because Khudobin was a part of the trade, but someone had to go to Chicago to make this trade work and Nill was able to do it without dipping into the prospect pool.
Dallas Stars Trade for Scott Reedy
The final trade that the Stars were able to pull off right before the deadline ended was trading for Scott Reedy for Jacob Peterson. This was another trade where both players needed a change of scenery. Peterson never really impressed Pete DeBoer during training camp before this season and I had a gut feeling he was going to get traded sometime during the season.
After looking back at the trades that Nill made before the deadline, he did really well this year. He got some veterans that could really boost the offense on a couple of lines that were somewhat struggling to produce without dipping into the prospect pool. I can’t wait to see how these players do down the stretch before the Stars get ready for the playoffs this season.