Just as we resigned ourselves to a quiet offseason, Jim Nill delivered. In what's becoming the annual Dallas Stars Blockbuster Trade of the Summer, Dallas sent Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt to Chicago for Patrick Sharp and prospect Stephen Johns. The Stars will retain half of Garbutt's salary, and you can see how all of this affects the cap situation right over here.
So what's left to do now that you've gotten over the initial shock? Catch up on what everyone else thinks of the trade, of course.
Mike Heika starts us off, first with a look at Sharp's "Stanley Cup Swagger," and then with a breakdown of how the forward feels about his impending debut in Victory Green.
First things first — Patrick Sharp didn't want to leave Chicago. He loves it there, he won three Stanley Cups there, he became a part of the city's heartbeat.
But if you peel away all of that, Sharp to Dallas is a move that could really work for the player and his new team. Sharp is a goal-scoring winger who plays a solid two-way game and can help everyone from young Val Nichushkin to veteran Jason Spezza handle the pressure of the playoffs.
Sharp had this to say about his familiarity with the team and its players.
"I've played with Jamie (Benn) at the Olympics and World Championships. Jason Spezza and I have representatives with the same agency, so we've been in touch. Antti Niemi is there now," Sharp said. "I can just tell you that playing against the Stars, they're very tough to play against and they're dangerous in a lot of ways. To be able to go there is exciting for me." [DMN]
Up next, Jim Nill shares his thoughts on the trade. Spoiler alert: He thinks it's going to help the team.
Blackhawks beat writer Mark Lazerus, however, was slightly less positive about the outcome for Chicago.
No, I don't think this was a good trade for #Blackhawks. But from what I heard, the pickings were awfully slim. Had to move Sharp. Had to.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) July 11, 2015
Lazerus also explored how losing Johns affects the team and talked about the trade in greater detail. [Chicago Sun-Times]
The folks over at Second City Hockey have a wealth of info about the trade, including a look at Chicago's "underwhelming" return. [SCH]
While Sharp is (obviously) the big name in the trade, Johns' inclusion in the deal has drawn a lot of positive feedback.
On trade: We all know about Patrick Sharp. Stephen Johns is a good defense prospect. Was impressive for Rockford in 2015 playoffs vs. Texas.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) July 11, 2015
Wrong Side of the Red Line went into more depth about Johns, what he brings to the table, and why the Stars won the trade. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
If nothing else, the defenseman himself has a good attitude about heading to the Lone Star State.
Thanks to @NHLBlackhawks and @goicehogs for a great year! Couldn't be more excited to join the @DallasStars organization!— Stephen Johns (@stjohns28) July 11, 2015
Puck Daddy gives the Stars the edge in the whole "Who won the trade?" argument, but acknowledges that Daley could still help Chicago. [Puck Daddy]
If you want to learn more about Sharp before he dons Victory Green, here are 10 things that you can start with. [DMN]
Sure, it remains to be seen how the whole defense situation is going to play out, but if nothing else, Stars hockey is gonna be fun hockey, right?
If you're a fan of offensive hockey and high-event games that have a lot of goals and a lot of scoring chances, I suggest you check out the Dallas Stars as much as possible in 2015-16.
Adam Gretz has more to say on that right this way. [CBS Sports]
Rather than getting Garbutt or Daley, The Hockey News contends that the best part of the deal for the Blackhawks is simply losing Sharp's contract. [THN]
TSN breaks down the numbers, which seem to tip the scales in the Stars' favor. [TSN]
Meanwhile, someone thankfully remembered to ask the hard-hitting questions.
Patrick Sharp & Jason Spezza are now teammates in Dallas. Wonder if they will talk about this: http://t.co/vJlAIjy8d3
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) July 11, 2015
Finally, best of luck to Daley and Garbutt as they start their new careers in Chicago. And remember to mark your calendars for preseason action against the Blackhawks on Oct. 3, then get ready for the first regular-season tilt at the AAC on Dec. 22.