Nill is a wily executive who has pretty much made over the entire Stars roster in his 33 months on the job, so he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a big deal. But he also knows that building the youth of the team can bring dividends that last for years.
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Assuming the Stars plan on being sellers at the trade deadline, who could we expect to be available? Obviously Patrick Sharp has been thrown around as a possibility, but are there any other names you’re hearing about?
Heika: Because so many teams are up against the cap, I think players like Patrick Eaves ($1 million), Lauri Korpikoski ($1 million) and even Jiri Hudler ($2 million) could be gold at the trade deadline.
That is one thing they might do at trade deadline if they start to make a push. My guess would be speedy winger on expiring contract. https://t.co/zvMSMYqq60
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 9, 2017
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 27, 2016
#Stars Val Nichushkin reportedly on trading block. Would be hard for some GMs to straight up say nyet on acquiring him.
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A Loui Eriksson reunion is just what the Stars need, but I doubt it’ll happen through a trade with Boston
Could Loui be in the mix to make return to Dallas to play alongside Spezza? We desperately need a true second line winger.
Heika: I would love Loui Eriksson to return. He is exactly what the Stars need. But I can’t imagine Boston trading him back after the Seguin deal. Maybe if he hits free agency.
The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly been engaged in trade discussions again this season, and talks could pick up steam between now and the trade deadline.
Do you think the Stars will make a play to get Dustin Byfuglien? What’ll it cost? Also, do the Stars start looking for a new goalie prospect since Jack Campbell isn’t doing too well?
Heika: I do think the Stars are in the market for a high-end defenseman, and they will be in talks with any that are available. Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers and Jordie Benn can all become UFAs in the summer, and Jim Nill is in the process of assessing those players. He also has two capable youngsters in Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleskiak, as well as three great prospects in the minors.
If Boston is open to it and hasn’t re-signed Loui Eriksson, I think he would be a player that would be a good fit as a rental. (although making that deal after the Seguin trade might be tough to pull off). If San Jose or Vancouver is struggling, I’d inquire about Brent Burns or Alex Edler and put up some of the young guns as bait. That’s just barstool talk, but now I can say that I said it first if it ever happens.
Mike Heika writes … Shawn Horcoff is a strong candidate to be moved, and teams might try to pick players like Fiddler or Patrick Eaves.
Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun writes … With Vermette out of the way, the attention can turn to Buffalo winger Chris Stewart and Dallas’ Erik Cole.
tsn.ca writes … According to Garrioch, the Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks have all shown interest in the 29-year-old.
The Dallas Morning News … Players who typically are trade bait on deadline day are unrestricted free agents-to-be who can help playoff teams, and Stars Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff are such players.