There are 11 days until the NHL trade deadline, which for some of us is way too soon and for others of us can't come soon enough.
But until we get there, there will be loads (and loads and loads) written about what every team in the NHL should do, and the Dallas Stars are no exception.
Bob Sturm, host of BaD Radio on The Ticket and guest on this afternoon's podcast, made his opinion known Wednesday in his column on Fox Sports Southwest. He makes the case that the Stars should make all reasonable assets available to anyone who will listen.
And while fans may keep the optimism alive in their hearts until the bitter end, Nieuwendyk needs to move swiftly to plan for 2012-13. As much regard as any of us has for the core that has been assembled for the last several years in Dallas, it seems that a roster with this much age must look to unload veterans and find players well south of 30 years old to move the franchise forward.
With the exception of Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Alex Goligoski, and Kari Lehtonen, I would listen to offers on the rest. There are some that I would resist the urge to move unless I was blown away with an offer (Steve Ott, Trevor Daley) and there are others that I would be happy to flip for any reasonable offer.
He'll go into more detail about this on the podcast this afternoon.
After the jump, more on today's game against the Calgary Flames, the Stars crash local radio and a gaffe that will make you appreciate NHL refereeing.
- In this paywalled story, Mike Heika takes a look at how Joe Nieuwendyk is still trying to work both sides of potential trade deadline deals. [DallasNews.com]
- Mark Fistric has had a chance to play consistently after Sheldon Souray suffered "splintering" of a bone in his foot in a recent loss. That's a boon to the big defensemen who's been trying to find a regular spot in the lineup. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Stars made an area radio blitz Wednesday, sending nearly every member of the team out to do liners, interviews and other fun things. The DMN had a list of who went to which station (you can read into the assignments what you will), and the Stars posted one of the interviews on the site from when Steve Ott, Trevor Daley and Adam Burish crashed The Ticket's mothership. [DallasNews.com/DallasStars.com]
- Burish talks a little about this at the end of the radio interview, but the Stars are still promoting their Hockey and Heels event, which is scheduled for the end of the month. [NBCDFW.com]
- If you want to talk more about the merits of trading for Rick Nash, and our web traffic says you do, here's a nice article that lays out the point-counterpoint of trading the farm for him. You can apply this to selling the farm for any superstar, really. [Five Minutes For Fighting]
- The NHL to... Seattle? A West Coast gazillionaire is apparently going to announce plans for a pro-caliber arena today if all the details can get worked out. [Seattle Times]
- Oh Montreal Canadiens fans. I don't have any love lost for Zdeno Chara or the Boston Bruins either, but it's never nice to cheer when someone gets injured. [Backhand Shelf]
- I'm not sure this clip from Brad Marchand is nearly as bad as the one that got him suspended earlier this year. But given that he's now a repeat offender for this exact penalty and it happened as time expired in the period (meaning the hit was all about sending a message and not a legitimate attempt to separate the player from the puck), I expect to see more games for this hit. [Puck Daddy]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: The Calgary Flames are also on the quest for a playoff spot, and they've been getting a lot of their offense from the first line of Olli Jokinen, Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. [Canada.com]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Several of the Flames youngsters have also made an impact recently, and the team is trying to make those young players feel comfortable. [Calgary Sun]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Anaheim Ducks just keep winning and winning, this time posting a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. [NHL.com]
- Other scoreboard watching: The Vancouver Canucks (who still, still!, haven't played the Stars) did Dallas a favor Wednesday as they scored a pair of third-period goals to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. [TSN]
- Oh Internet, you are so helpful when scouring for the absolute latest in trade deadline information. The only problem is when the people who post the information are fake. [Backhand Shelf]
- When you think NHL refereeing is bad, just remember what happened in the ECHL in a game between the South Carolina Stingrays and Florida Everblades. The fun starts about one minute into the video.