Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill pulled off his 4th trade in 6 days yesterday sending forward Lauri Korpikoski to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a defense prospect Dillion Heatherton. Julius Honka and Heatherton were together in juniors on the Swift Current Broncos (WHL).
"It's busy for the wrong reason to tell you the truth. You'd like to be a buyer at this time of year. But it's the situation we put ourselves in, and we know we have to get better," Nill said. "When you have the [pending unrestricted free agents], you have to decide to re-sign them or try to get some assets for them. It's all about asset allocation right now. The other part that comes into play is the expansion draft, and that came into play in a lot of these moves. You can only protect some players, you know you're going to lose some players, so you're better off to get something for players before you lose them and that was our mindset going into this week."
Earlier trades included Patrick Eaves, Johnny Oduya and Jordie Benn all being shipped to new teams. (Stars Inside Edge)
More from Nill (Ruffled Lines)
In just another example of how absurd things have been for the Stars this season, it was announced Patrick Sharp, who many experts thought would be traded, has been playing with an injury that will require surgery after this season and so could not be traded. (Sports Day DFW)
Sean Shapiro recorded a special NHL Trade Deadline podcast:
NEW PODCAST: Trade Deadline 2017 and Patrick Sharp's injury https://t.co/lwYT7YHM0x up in iTunes later tonight.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 1, 2017
On Monday Jordie Benn was traded to Montreal here is his 3 greatest moments in Victory Green. (Blackout Dallas)
Remi Elie was returned to the Texas Stars yesterday to make room on the roster for Ales Hemsky:
Goalie Justin Peters turned aside all 4 shots he faced in the shootout to help Texas in a 2-1 shootout win over the San Jose Barracuda. The Stars keep their slim playoff hopes alive snapping a 6 game losing streak while also stopping San Jose’s 14 game winning streak. (Texas Stars)
Former Stars forward Brendan Ranford was traded by Arizona to the Colorado and will now play for the in-state rival San Antonio. (San Antonio Rampage)
A total of 18 trades were made prior to the deadline yesterday.
Dallas gets a B minus in the SB Nation grading of deals done at the deadline. (SB Nation)
Down Goes Brown looks at who were the winners and losers in deadline moves. (Sportsnet)
Veteran Jerome Iginla was traded to Los Angeles by the Avalanche. Currently the Kings are just outside a wild card spot but have added Iginla and goalie Ben Bishop to help make a final push.(DenverSports760)
A historical look at the best trades in the history of each franchise. No brainer it is the Tyler Seguin trade for the Stars. (ESPN)
The Vegas Golden Knights can now start making deals. A breakdown of what they can and can’t do prior to the expansion draft.
Now that Vegas is officially a team look for them to hire a coach before the season ends. (NHL)
Predators rearguard P.K. Subban returns to Montreal tonight for the first time since his blockbuster trade last summer. Subban known for his charity work was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal on Wednesday. The Meritorius Service Decorations were created to honor people who bring honor to Canadians. (CTV News Montreal)
This is the last season for the arena known as “The Joe”. Detroit will move into a new arena next season. Relive these 10 greatest Joe Louis Arena moments. (CBS Sports)
Finally “Goon” Director Jay Baruchel trying to make sense of the complicated stipulations in the Kevin Shattenkirk trade: