Dallas Stars Daily Links: Trade Deadline Passes With No Major Moves For The Stars

Jim Nill surveyed the table and held most of his cards - but why? Plus, winners and losers of the 2020 trade deadline, side-eyeing the emergency-goalie rule, and more.

The Dallas Stars didn’t make much of a splash at the trade deadline, and those who have watched GM Jim Nill for the past minute probably could have guessed that.

Getting Stephen Johns back from long-term injured reserve added a top-four defender to the Stars’ arsenal. But the team’s depleted assets played their own role, Stars staff writer Jeff Odom reminds us:

After dealing several draft picks in previous seasons for players like Taylor Fedun, Ben Lovejoy, Marc Methot and Mats Zuccarello, Nill admitted he was reluctant to part ways with more. Instead, the Stars wound up gaining an asset, giving them now five total selections entering this summer.

”We talked to a lot of teams — we had some things going,” Nill said. “Once again, I get back to the past couple years, we’ve made a lot of trades and used a lot of picks, and I went into this deadline with the mindset that we just can’t keep doing that. ... So, lots of talk, but in the end, nothing really came close.”

The trade of Texas Stars blueliner Emil Djuse for a sixth-round draft pick added a drop to the Stars’ depleted pick pool, plus it made room for up-and-coming prospects, Nill said:

“He is a little bit older player, a free agent that we signed. Don’t know if he’s coming back or not next year, so this gave us a chance to grab an asset,” Nill said of Djuse, who came to Dallas from the Swedish Elite League on a one-year, entry-level contract last April and is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

”We’ve got some young defenseman that are going to be coming in once their junior playoffs are done, so we’ll add some depth that way and give those young kids an opportunity.”

Jeff has more. [Dallas Stars]

Stars Stuff

Nill declined to discuss the Joe Thornton trade rumors, reports Sean Shapiro.

Meanwhile, the Stars get back to business tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes in PNC Arena.

Around The League(s)

It was all quiet on Murderers’ Row yesterday – including, for the most part, in trade action, which is why so many Central Division teams show up as losers on the ESPN list.

The Jumbo trade was the dog that didn’t bark – although it seems that Thornton himself may have preferred another outcome.

Meanwhile, his cosmic twin, Patrick Marleau, is going to the Pittsburgh Penguins – the team that originally drafted him in 1997.

The Canes added Vincent Trocheck, Brady Skjei and Sami Vatanen, because the Metropolitan is giving the Central a run for its money in the #Murder stakes.

Former Stars left wing Devin Shore is heading for Ohio and an actual shot at postseason action.

David Ayres joined Scott Foster as one of the league’s instant movie-of-the-week stories, so of course we need to discuss how to keep it from ever happening again.

And Scottie Upshall announced his retirement on live TV.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Blueliner Taylor Fedun is back in Big D after wrapping up a conditioning stint with the Texas Stars.


Marty Turco mic’ed up. That’s it. That’s the tweet.