ExoDallas: The Stars’ Purge Ends Before Deadline Day

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by Navajo Neil

Texas Correspondent, White Cover Magazine

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It sure looks like the Dallas Stars were trying to offload a lot — well, all — of their baggage.

With the Trade Deadline approaching and then fleeing without anything that could be considered a thud, the Stars got in the groove early. They had already shipped off Michael Ryder, but they got Erik Cole in return. It’s hard to see if that was a buy or a sell. On Tuesday, they pushed some assets out again. They shipped Derek Roy to Vancouver and cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, who was off to Boston by the time New Englanders were commuting home to Charlestown.

Really, though, Dallas didn’t do much. Both Jagr and Roy were picked up just prior to this season, so they aren’t any worse than they were after 2012, when they barely missed out on the playoffs. Basically, Dallas looked at Roy and Jagr and treated them as failed experiments. Then, they cut their losses.

No harm. No foul.

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Of course, they got rid of Brenden Morrow, but there wasn’t much to draw from that well anymore, was there? (Okay, Defending Big D makes a pretty good case that he was worth holding on to, but whatever, right?)

And, yeah, Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott aren’t in the Lonestar State, but these are pieces that can be replaced and shuffled. If your Stanley Cup hopes come down to Ribeiro or Steve Ott, then you’re already taking a flyer.

Jamie Benn has gotten better. In fact, he’s become incredible. Kari Lehtonen is now a starting goaltender who deserves to be a starting goaltender. They’ve got more draft picks now and The Stars are still the same Stars, which is either a good thing or a mediocre thing.

They haven’t challenged for much of anything since losing to New Jersey in the 2000 Cup Final, but they finally appear to be a team in control of their own destiny.

Really, the shedding of Dallas’s biggest offseason acquisitions is a hand in the face of the rest of the league.

It’s for better or worse, but isn’t that how it always is?

It seems like a negative right now, but everything’s bigger in Texas.