Patrick Sharp tried not to cry when discussing the trade that sent him from the Chicago Blackhawks to Dallas, but Stars GM Jim Nill provided the most interesting fodder.
For one thing, a theme seemed obvious: while Sharp is the headliner of the swap, Dallas seems awfully excited about acquiring defensive prospect Stephen Johns.
On a skill-heavy team like the Stars, it could be a boon to add such a big body.
“Stephen was a big part of that trade,” Nill said. “We’re trying to change a little bit of the dimension of our back end … he’s 6-foot-4, 220 lbs. and can skate.”
Of course, Nill also pumps up the Sharp acquisition, saying “anyone who’s won Stanley Cups, you can’t replace that.”
On the future
Nill said he’s “very comfortable” heading into the 2015-16 season as is, yet he also noted that the Stars still enjoy healthy cap space. By Cap Friendly’s measure, the Stars enjoy about $6.4 million in room, which would easily allow for another move if something comes up. (Of course, not every team budgets to hit the cap ceiling, though.)
The way Dallas’ GM looks at this trade, the Stars are hoping to go from what he calls their “infant stage” to Chicago’s level.
They definitely have a long way to go before they’re a perennial Cup contender, but when you look at that roster on paper, it’s not outrageous to imagine much more than baby steps going forward.
The beauty of adding a player like Patrick Sharp is that, theoretically, it could make life easier for other Dallas Stars. Imagine, then, if Ales Hemsky sheds the “free agent bust” label in 2015-16?
Line combinations are subject to significant change, yet it’s plausible that Dallas will sport a second line featuring Hemsky and Sharp on the wings and Jason Spezza at center.
That’s a pretty tantalizing thought for some Stars fans:
The biggest question might just be if the 31-year-old can really stick with Sharp and Spezza (assuming first, of course, that there aren’t any other big moves coming for Dallas).
Hemsky was frequently a diamond in the rough for the Edmonton Oilers, at least when he managed to play. These days, things really have just been rough, though.
As much as injuries and other bits of bad luck factor in, one cannot help but wonder if Hemsky is already past the point where he can turn things around. He was limited to 32 points in his Dallas debut, and he’s only enjoyed one 40+ point season (43 in 2013-14) since 2011-12. When does benefit of the doubt run out?
He stands as one of those summer conundrums. On paper, with those linemates, he could stand as a pivotal player. On the other hand, Hemsky could just as easily be lost in the shuffle … again.
With the Blackhawks acquiring veteran defenseman Trevor Daley from the Dallas Stars in the Patrick Sharp trade, it appears Johnny Oduya’s days in Chicago are over.
According to the sources of Adrian Dater from Bleacher Report, the Blackhawks will not retain Oduya.
During a conference call to discuss the Sharp deal on Friday night, Hawks GM Stan Bowman didn’t close the door on Oduya re-signing in Chicago.
“I’m not going to rule anything out or in,” said Bowman per CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers. “It’s still sort of a fluid situation.”
On Friday afternoon, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Oduya plans to make a decision on his future next week. The 33-year-old has been waiting for the Blackhawks to clear cap space in order to re-sign in Chicago.
Oduya has spent parts of four seasons with the Blackhawks winning two Stanley Cups.
His three-year, $10.1 million deal expired on July 1 making him an unrestricted free agent.