The following should be traded under no circumstances (this offseason):
Minors/college/juniors: Jason Dickinson (C/LW), Devin Shore (C), Brett Ritchie (RW), Cole Ully (LW), John Klingberg (D), Jamie Oleksiak (D), Patrik Nemeth (D), Jack Campbell (G), and Phillippe Desrosiers (G).
Potential trade bait (at NHL level):
Alex Chiasson – Chiasson has good value, but may be behind Nichushkin, Sceviour, and Garbutt at the RW position in Dallas. He also has Ritchie nipping at his heels in Austin. Behind Ritchie come Glennie, Ranford, Stransky, and Troock. Chiasson may be the odd piece out, especially considering the depth of the position. However, you don’t trade Chiasson just for the sake of opening up room, you trade him if there’s a deal that makes your team better.
Erik Cole – depends on the interest and value in him. He may have some gas left in the tank, but he’s not going to fetch a ton of value. The best option would probably be to keep him around for his last year.
Sergei Gonchar – probably untradeable unless Dallas takes salary back.
Brendan Ranford –Ranford was never offered a contract after being a 7th round draft pick of the Flyers, and this year the rookie only had an AHL deal with the Texas Stars. However, he may have played his way to a two-way contract with Dallas. The Kamloops product has been great playing alongside Travis Morin on the top line, posting 8 goals and 16 points in 20 games during the postseason, including two great passes that set up OT game winning goals in games 3 and 4 of the Calder Cup Finals. He won’t be in Dallas next season, but he should be on the long-term radar after his breakout year.
Cody Eakin – Eakin will be back with the team next year, but younger options like Radek Faksa and (maybe) Scott Glennie or Justin Dowling could make him expendable in the future. Eakin will likely receive a 1-2 year deal, and center either the second or third line. He’s much more suited for a 3rd line checking role, but he played as the #2 last year. If Dallas doesn’t bring in a better option, he’ll resume that duty.
Brenden Dillon – Dillon will receive a contract, but it’s going to be a tricky one. Lock him up now, or sign him to a 1-2 year "show me" deal? The money he receives will depend on the term of the contract.
Antoine Roussel – The pesky agitator from Roubaix, France has worked his way up to being a good checker and one of the most annoying players in the league. He’ll almost certainly be re-signed, probably somewhere in the 1.5-2 million range. He’s a speedy, two-way 3rd line winger at a fantastic price.
Dustin Jeffrey – He’s a great player with upside in the AHL, but he has not been able to make much of an impact in the NHL. Jeffrey will probably want a one-way deal, and I’m not sure the Stars will oblige, unless they don’t mind him being a frequent healthy scratch as the 13th or 14th forward in Dallas.
Scott Glennie – While he has not lived to the potential of being an 8th overall draft pick and is due a large qualifying offer, I think Glennie should be signed and given a chance to play a depth role in the NHL next year. A big key for him will be staying healthy.
Cameron Gaunce – Gaunce will have a shot to make the NHL team next year if they keep him around. He likely won’t play many minutes or even crack the line-up most nights, but you need depth players. A one year, two-way contract would be ideal.
Ray Whitney – Old age and limited use drastically reduced Whitney’s production. Whether or not he plays in the NHL again, his time in Dallas is over.
Vernon Fiddler – Dallas offered Fidds a contract and would love to have the wily center back, but Fiddler wants to explore the free agent market to see if he can wrangle more term, money, and playing time out of another organization.
Chris Mueller – Mueller is a top AHL forward and looked reasonably decent at the 4th line center position in his limited time with Dallas. It’s probably 50-50 whether they sign him or not.
Christopher Nilstorp – Nilstorp is one of the best goalies in the AHL and will probably be offered another two-way, one year deal, unless the organization feels Campbell needs to be the sole #1 in Cedar Park. He won’t play for Dallas unless there is an injury or two above him.
Maxime Fortunus – Dallas probably shouldn’t and likely won’t use up a two-way contract on the Texas captain. However, it is likely that the Texas Stars sign the veteran to an AHL-only contract.
Francis Wathier – His time in Texas is done. The organization is not going to waste a veteran roster spot on a 4th line player. The Texas fans may love him and rightfully so, but he’s no longer of any use to the organization.
Toby Petersen – Petersen won’t be back with Texas either, as age and injuries have caught up to him.