In anticipation of the new jersey the Dallas Stars plan to unveil the team should just go ahead and wear a white flag. Thirteen games remain in the NHL regular season, but for the sake of argument the Dallas Stars' ended their season today.
Faced with the all but certain reality the team will miss the playoffs for a franchise record fifth consecutive season, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk today traded forward Derek Roy to Vancouver and Jaromir Jagr to Boston for a bunch of players you have never heard of.
This is just days after GM Joe sent Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh for a prospect.
All three players could have been free agents after the season. The Stars wanted both Roy and Jagr, but at the right price. Naturally, said players wanted more.
In return for Jagr, the Stars receive forward Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne along with a conditional pick in the 2013 draft. The selection will become a first-rounder if Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals.
In return for Roy, the Stars receive a 2013 second round pick from the Canucks and defenseman Kevin Connauton.
There is no way to spin this - the Stars stink. A team that remained in denial forever about the need to eat the cat poop sandwich and be all-in with younger players has completely committed to that plan. What we know is that for too long the team tried to avoid this but continually making moves that led them to hovering around eighth rather than first to third.
Bet big that someone is going to be fired over another flop season; the safe bet is second year coach Glen Gulutzan. I'm not sure I buy into it all being his fault, but if he doesn't have the right friends it will be GM Joe who survives this offseason.
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