Dallas Stars

Stars send Cole to the Wings for prospects (Confirmed)


The Dallas Stars have sent forward Erik Cole and a conditional third-round 2015 draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings for prospects Mattias Backman and Mattas Janmark-Nylen.

The Stars also picked up a 2015 second-round pick in the deal.

Cole has 18 goals and 33 points in 57 games with the Stars this season.

The 36-year-old is in the final year of a four-year, $18 million deal and becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Backman, 22, has four goals and 16 points in 23 games with Linkopings HC in the Swedish Hockey League. The defenseman also played 18 AHL games this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins registering 4 assists and a minus-3 rating.

Janmark-Nylen has appeared in 53 games with Frolunda in the SHL this season. The 22-year-old forward has 13 goals and 23 assists.

WATCH LIVE: Ducks at Stars (8:00 p.m. ET)

The Dallas Stars will look to end a five-game skid as they play host to the Anaheim Ducks tonight.

Anaheim won the only other meeting between the two clubs 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 31.

The Ducks will look to add to their 12-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks in the Pacific Division while the Stars sit in the last spot in the division one point back of sixth place Colorado.

Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m. ET and can be watched on NBCSN. You can also stream it via NBC Sports Live Extra.


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Flames place Giordano on IR


Familiarity isn’t the only justification for the Calgary Flames picking up Dave Schlemko: it looks like they did so in part because they also placed Mark Giordano on injured reserve Sunday.

Giordano, 31, managed to warm up before a Feb. 27 contest against the New York Islanders but ultimately opted against playing. The would-be Norris Trophy candidate was injured late in a Feb. 25 game against the New Jersey Devils, so one would expect this IR move to be retroactive to that date.

If it’s indeed retroactive to Feb. 25 and Giordano’s issue isn’t long-term, the Flames could see their captain back in action relatively soon:

Obviously, losing such a key component would be a huge blow to a Flames team that is unexpectedly fighting for a playoff spot.

On the bright side, at least this injury cropped up before the trade deadline. If Calgary wants to bolster its blueline for a postseason push, they have that option.

An IR stint doesn’t necessarily mean that Giordano will miss a ton of time, yet it’s obviously not a great sign, either. We’ll see if this presses Calgary into a deadline deal or if they stay put and hope that this scrappy bunch will keep finding ways to win.

Leafs claim Erixon, Ducks waive Bourque


With the 2015 trade deadline rapidly approaching, it’s no surprise that NHL teams are using waivers to open up space (and occasionally grab low-risk players). Let’s take a quick look at recent announcements in that regard.

Claimed: The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed defenseman Tim Erixon (pictured) off of waivers. The Calgary Flames grabbed Dave Schlemko.

A little more on Erixon:

Here’s some added perspective on why the Flames made their move:

Cleared: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, Washington Capitals tough guy Aaron Volpatti and Brandon McMillan of the Vancouver Canucks all cleared waivers.

Waived: Anaheim Ducks forward Rene Bourque headlines the latest batch of players who’ve been waived. Also on the list: Craig Cunningham (Boston Bruins), Keith Aulie (Edmonton Oilers), Paul Carey (Colorado Avalanche) and Tye McGinn (San Jose Sharks).

HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman lays out a few roster details after the trade deadline:

NHL on NBCSN: Ducks take on fading Stars


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Dallas Stars host the Anaheim Ducks at the American Airlines Center at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The middle of February got a little rocky for the Anaheim Ducks, but they’ve now won four of their last five games. They hope to start March off on a high note as they visit the Dallas Stars today.

While the Ducks have their feet back under them, the Stars continue to stumble with Tyler Seguin sidelined. Dallas has dropped six of seven contests (1-4-2) since Seguin suffered his injury, and things look pretty bleak right now for its playoff hopes, as Sports Club Stats gives the Stars just a 2.3 percent chance to make the postseason.

Anaheim isn’t that far removed from a mini-crisis of confidence, but the Stars almost seem like they’re falling apart, especially when it comes to Kari Lehtonen’s play.

(It looks like Jhonas Enroth will actually start against Anaheim, so Lehtonen won’t get a chance to prove himself tonight.)

In the grand scheme of things, the Ducks are in a comfortable spot, but this stands to be a challenging month.

To kick things off, they play five of seven games on the road. Only five of their 15 March contests take place at home. That may not be the kind of stretch that costs them a Pacific Division title, yet it could hurt Anaheim from a home-ice standpoint, at least if they stumble.

Dallas might be ailing at the moment, but the Stars are dangerous enough that the Ducks can’t just waddle into this one thinking that it will be an easy one.

Enjoy a final tune-up before the trade deadline on NBCSN tonight.