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The trade that brought Patrick Sharp to Dallas ranks as one of the best moves of 2015. Plus, the Stars take on the Rangers tonight, and last year's highs/lows in the Western Conference.

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As the 2015 recap articles continue, ESPN's Scott Burnside took a look at the best trades of 2015. Ranked among them was the one orchestrated by Jim Nill to bring Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns to the Big D in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt.

Sharp, a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Chicago and a member of Canada's gold-medal team at the 2014 Olympics, brings a winner's mentality to the proceedings, as does Sharp's former teammate in Chicago, Oduya, who won two Cups as a Blackhawk. So far, so good for a Stars team that leads the Western Conference by a country mile and is vying for a Presidents' Trophy as the top team in the NHL. Sharp took some time to fit in but has become a key figure with 16 goals, 34 points and a team-best five game winners.

Burnside also mentioned that Sharp's value would only be more obvious during the playoffs, and included this nugget.

Since 2009, Sharp is second only to Patrick Kane in postseason goals, so that bodes well for the Stars.

The article also mentioned how the swap affected the Blackhawks.

As for the Blackhawks, Garbutt has chipped in just one goal but his grit and versatility could come in handy in the playoffs. Daley, meanwhile, never really fit in for Chicago and was recently traded to Pittsburgh for Rob Scuderi.

For more on Sharp and to see the other top trades, head to the link. [ESPN]

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The Stars' road trip continues as the team takes on the Rangers tonight at 6 p.m. [Stars Inside Edge]

In order to snap out of their "mini-slump," the Stars' best players know they have to step up. [SportsDayDFW]

In fact, Tyler Seguin went as far as to say that a little adversity is a good thing. [NHL]

Read up on tonight's opponent and how their issues on the blue line are affecting their production on offense. [Blueshirt Banter]

If anyone missed Playing for Pevs last night, the special should be available online sometime today.

You could say it's been a pretty good season so far. [Stars Inside Edge]

Both Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin landed on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Sports list—and were the only NHLers to be named. Previous years have included Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews (2014), and Nathan MacKinnon and Evgeni Malkin (2015). [Forbes]

Speaking of Benn and Seguin, they both landed in Sporting News' predictions for the All-Star Roster. John Klingberg also got some love. [Sporting News]

Mike Heika held his usual chat yesterday, and it's packed with answers to all your Stars questions, including what trades could be in the works and what's going on with Kari Lehtonen. [SportsDayDFW]

The Stars may have had the night off last night, but the Central Division never sleeps.

  • The Senators beat the Blues 3-2, thanks to Bobby Ryan's game-winning goal in overtime. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
  • The Avalanche dethroned the Kings 4-1, and Jarome Iginla scored his 600th career goal. [NHL]

The Stars are still hanging onto the top spot in TSN's power rankings, but the Kings, Capitals, and Panthers are closing in. [TSN]

Huw has all of the World Juniors updates you need, but Stars prospect Roope Hintz is headed to today's gold medal game after scoring a goal against Sweden yesterday.

Before we move onto better and brighter things in 2016, take a walk down memory lane by reliving the highs and lows that each team endured last year. What would you have named the Stars' best and worst moment of the calendar year? [ESPN]

Never fear, the Washington Post is here to tell us how to save the Winter Classic. (If you haven't heard, last week's game was the lowest rated in the event's history.) [Washington Post]

Johnny Gaudreau, Braden Holtby, and Patrick Kane are your December Stars of the Month. [NHL]

Willie O'Ree shares his story with The Players' Tribune.

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury. [NHL]

Asking for trades just ain't what it used to be. [Sportsnet]

And speaking of that, if Jonathan Drouin does end up with a ticket out of Tampa Bay, what will his destination be? [The Hockey News]

The Panthers' decision to draft Aleksander Barkov second overall in 2013 is paying off for Florida—who, by the way, is currently leading the Atlantic. [Puck Daddy]

And finally, here's your Bud Light Frozen Moment of the Week.