The Dallas Stars made massive changes in their ranks this week before the trade deadline.
Are the Dallas Stars still the Dallas Stars?
It sure doesn’t seem so.
Are they giving up?
Yesterday, the Stars traded Jaromir Jagr to Boston, Derek Roy to Vancouver, and Tomas Vincour to Colorado. This comes just a week after Brenden Morrow is traded to Pittsburgh. And since the Morrow trade, the Stars have lost three of their last four games, and don’t get me started about the 4-0 loss to Anaheim Monday night.
In return to a seasoned pro who made goals like Jagr and for Roy who also contributed to the scoring, what did we get?
For this year, not much at all. For next year, maybe a lot.
For Jagr, we get Lane MacDermid, who will be glad to get on the ice because in Boston, MacDermid has been a healthy scratch for the last 21 games. We also got a junior prospect, Cody Payne, who’ll get sent to the Texas Stars, and a second-round draft pick, unless Boston wins the Cup, then we’ll get a first round pick.
For Vincour, we get Cameron Gaunce, from Colorado, who will also play in Austin. And no draft picks.
So, run that by me again?
The Stars trade their star players and get one player who’s been benching it for almost two dozen games?
I don’t know that it will matter much. We can’t lose any worse to the Ducks tonight than we did last time with zip goals.
Matt Fraser, Colton Sceviour, Tom Wandell, and Alex Chiasson were called up from the AHL for tonight’s game.
Back from injured reserve is Ryan Garbutt. Garbutt has missed the last nine game siwth a wrist injury.
For the Ducks, Nick Bonino is still out with the flu.
Tonight is game 2 of three-in-a row with the Anaheim Ducks. Third-best record in the NHL at 24-7-5 and are 13-4-0 at home, the Ducks rank sixth in scoring at 2.95 goals per game. The poor Stars are 16-16-3 overall and 8-7-1 on the road.
In this abbreviated season there are 13 games left to play. Can we battle back two spots to the top eight with the guys we have? Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney, Loui Eriksson, Cody Eakin, Antoine Roussel, Eric Nystrom, Erik Cole? Tonight will tell.
The Stars play the Ducks in Anaheim at 9pm central.