Stars' Ott, Ribeiro could move by deadline
None more so in the Stars’ dressing room than Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro, both of whom have heard their names in the rumor mill. And indeed, sources confirmed to ESPN.com that the Stars have gotten calls on both and would consider moving them for the right deal.
“It obviously makes you a little nervous,” Ott told ESPN.com after the morning skate. “I’ve been with the Stars since I was drafted. When your name gets mentioned in the rumors, it gets to you a little and you think about it. But truthfully, I do take it as a huge compliment. Obviously if there’s playoff contending teams that think I’m a puzzle piece, I take that as a compliment. But I want to stay here. I want to be part of the solution. But I can only control what I can control.”
Ribeiro, who has another year on his contract next season at $5 million, is taking the rumors in stride.
“If I’m traded, I’m traded, not much I can do about it,” Ribeiro said Tuesday. “Obviously I’d like to be here with the Stars. I want to re-sign here and stay with Dallas for the rest of my career. But you can’t control that. There’s a few more days and we’ll see after the 27th if I’m still here.”
Ribeiro’s limited no-trade clause allows him to select 10 teams he doesn’t want to get traded to, leaving 19 teams for the Stars to deal him to if they chose to do so. Ribeiro, and we’re not sure if he was joking or not, said he’d welcome a trade back to Montreal if the Stars were to move him, although I don’t think the Habs are interested.