This story came over TSN at about 2 a.m., and as of now, it's just a report. I have not confirmed a thing. But here's the report:
According to RDS, the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins have swapped veteran defencemen with the Stars dealing Philippe Boucher to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Darryl Sydor.
In the final year of a contract that pays him $2.5-million this season, Boucher is a 35-year-old who has three points and a minus-4 rating in 16 games with the Stars this season. He has 91 goals and 294 points in 723 career games.
Sydor, 36, has seen limited duty with the Penguins this year, tallying one goal and one assist with a plus-5 rating, in eight games.
Like Boucher, Sydor is in the final year of his contract, which pays $2.5-million. Sydor had a no-trade clause that he needed to waive in order for the deal to go through.
Sydor has 486 points career points in 1179 games, including stints with the Stars from 1996 to 2003 as well as the 2006-2007 season.
Now, as I said, I haven't confirmed it yet and won't be able to until I land in Dallas in about 3 hours. I know Sydor was unhappy in Pittsburgh, and Boucher has struggled here, culminating in a healthy scratch last night in Phoenix, so it makes sense. We'll see what we find out later today.