The Dallas Stars made an unexpected move yesterday when they traded forward Devin Shore to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Andrew Cogliano. But the Stars might not be done on the trade front, and have also explored trading another former draft pick, Brett Ritchie.
The Stars, however, did not seem to get much interest in the struggling forward:
As recently as two weeks ago, the Stars put out feelers to other teams to gauge what type of interest there would be in the winger, who has been a frequent healthy scratch and only has four points in 24 games… Considering how Ritchie has played this season there unsurprisingly isn’t much interest.
If the team can’t trade Ritchie, he’ll likely remain on the roster instead of being waived, but, well, you know:
The Stars could put Ritchie through waivers and send him to the AHL, but they fear losing a player for nothing and Ritchie could qualify as a player not worth trading for, but deserving of a waiver claim.
You can read much more in Sean Shapiro’s recent Shap Shots here.
Here’s a rough idea of how several Stars fans feel about the Devin Shore trade:
What do you think, was this a good trade for the Stars?— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 15, 2019
Mark Stepneski breaks down what Andrew Cogliano could bring to the table now that he’s in Victory Green: [NHL]
The roller-coaster continues:
"We're doing an exercise as a coaching staff to try and create more ownership from them, and hear their words on things." https://t.co/XeizOs3Cpt— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 14, 2019
It was a busy night in the Central, with four teams taking to the ice:
- In a battle of two top teams that have been struggling recently, the Colorado Avalanche thrashed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. [Mile High Hockey]
- On the other side of the standings, the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils had themselves a homerun derby, with the Devils taking an 8-5 victory. [All About the Jersey]
- Don’t feel bad, everyone: Dallas might have lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, but at least they didn’t lose 7-4 like the Minnesota Wild did. [Broad Street Hockey]
- And even the Washington Capitals – the defending champs! – lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues. Am I making you feel better? I don’t think I am… [St. Louis Game Time]
More reason to be (slightly) optimistic: the Stars are still comfortably sitting in a playoff spot:
Should Stars fans be panicking? Maybe according to DownGoesBrown:
Last time: Counting down the top ten teams with the most reason to panic these days, plus power rankings and a random story about my kids that is certainly not a metaphor for anything. https://t.co/2gDGwzUdji pic.twitter.com/0YOPLmHo0M— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) January 15, 2019
The ESPN crew has a hard time agreeing on which team has the best line in the league: [ESPN]
Finally, we’re focusing on what the Shore-Cogliano trade means for Dallas, obviously, but it’s just as significant for the Ducks: