Now that the dust has settled surrounding the NHL draft, we can begin to shuffle through how the recent changes with the Dallas Stars have affected their farm club. There has been a flurry of activity since some major changes have been made this week. Jaromir Jagr was traded to the Boston Bruins for a conditional second round draft pick, Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne. MacDermid scored his first NHL goal last night in a loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Derek Roy was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Kevin Connauton and a second round draft pick. Connauton is joining the Texas Stars.
Many of these moves had fans scratching their heads, wondering if GM Joe had lost his mind. With so few games left in the NHL season, it is likely that Dallas will not make the playoffs. The trades were made for the future of the club and to keep Texas Calder Cup playoff run in their sights as well. Jim Lites, in a letter addressed to the fans, stated:
"First, one of the most difficult things hockey teams have to do at this time of the year is weigh their chances of competing for the Stanley Cup against the existing market place for veteran players, particularly veteran unrestricted free agents. In our case, Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr, and Derek Roy were all unrestricted free agents after this season. That meant that we may only have been able to keep them for 12 or so more regular season games. Faced with that prospect, over the course of the last week, each player was purchased from us for solid, young prospects and/or draft picks. Believe me, we did our best to maximize the value for each player and did the best we could for the future of the Dallas Stars.
Secondly, we feel that by taking the steps we have, we are turning our franchise over to the next generation of players".
In addition to the trades this week, Dallas also called up Tom Wandell, Matt Fraser, Colton Sceviour and Alex Chiasson. They subsequently sent Fraser, Sceviour and Chiasson back down to Texas in a paper transaction to make them eligible to play in the AHL regular season and playoffs. Reilly Smith and Jordie Benn were also assigned to Texas. Fraser and Chiasson are staying in Dallas for the time being. Additionally, Texas signed left wing Curtis McKenzie to an ATO. Stars prospect Brett Ritchie ended his season in the OHL and was assigned to Texas and Toby Peterson was returned on loan.
Dallas may have hung up their skates on a playoff run this year, but with these moves it shows that they do have Texas future in mind.
For those wondering where Mike Commodore has been, in an interview today he stated that he asked Willie Desjardins for two weeks to get back into shape before joining the Stars in their games.