Talk of Ribeiro trades
In talking to people today, the Stars are indeed trying to move Mike Ribeiro.
They believe that if the Stars want to improve the team, they need to open up space in the budget (Ribeiro makes $5 million a year for the next three years) to acquire a defenseman, and they believe the Stars have replacements at center with Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell.
So the shopping is being done.
I’m not sure what the market is for Ribeiro right now. Ideally, the Stars would probably just take a draft pick or prospects and then choose how they want to use the $5 million a year on a defenseman. However, they might have to take a defenseman back if that’s what the trade partner wants.
I’m not sure the Stars are that excited about Edmonton’s Sheldon Souray because of his injury history and age (33). I’ve actually heard they like Tom Gilbert, who is under contract for four more years at $4 million a year, but is only 27. I’m not sure Edmonton is that excited about Ribeiro because of his lack of size (they already are perceived as a small, soft team).