The Dallas Stars are sitting just outside the final playoff spot in the Western Conference but I think it would be better for them to be sellers at the deadline, so they can rebuild and retool their team a bit. This is why the Dallas Stars should be Sellers and what they should do at the NHL trade deadline.
Dallas Stars trade Joe Pavelski, Jani Hakanpaa to the New York Rangers for Filip Chytil, Nils Lundkvist, 2022 1st round pick.
Pavelski would add a veteran goal scorer with plenty of playoff experience to a team that is still pretty young; On the Dallas side of the trade, they would get Filip Chytil and Nils Lundkvist, two talented young players and a 1st round pick.
Dallas Stars also trade Alex Radulov to the Boston Bruins for Craig Smith, 2022 2nd round pick. If the Bruins make the 2nd round of the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick. Dallas will also retain $1.5 million of Radulov's contract as part of the deal.
The Stars sway Radulov for Craig Smith and gain a conditional 2nd round pick, which could turn into a 1st, depending on how far the Bruins go in the playoffs.
Then the Stars deal Craig Smith to the New Jersey Devils for 2022 3rd round pick.
Craig Smith is still a solid veteran goal scorer, who can help mentor those young players on the Devils.
Dallas Stars also trade John Klingberg to the Carolina Hurricanes for Martin Necas, Ryan Suzuki, Ethan Bear, 2023 1st round pick.
John Klingberg makes the Hurricanes a heavy favorite to win the Stanley Cup, while the Stars get a stud in Martin Necas, a top prospect in Ryan Suzuki, Ethan Bear and a 1st round pick.
Braden Holtby is traded to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2023 3rd round pick.
Holtby helps to solidify the goaltending situation in Edmonton, while the Stars add a 3rd round pick.
Michael Raffl, Blake Comeau are traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for Evgeny Dadonov.
The Golden Knights need to clear cap room, so this move would free up 5 million in cap space, while the Stars get a top 6 caliber forward for players that don't fit on the team anymore.
Andrej Sekera, Luke Glendening are traded to the St.Louis Blues for Oskar Sundqvist, 2022 5th round pick.
The Blues add Sekera and Glendening, two veteran players to help the team in the playoffs, while the Stars add Oskar Sundqvist, who wasn't getting used as much by the Blues, and a 5th round pick.
Players Traded Away:
1st '22 (from NYR)
1st '22 (from BOS)
5th '22 (from STL)
1st '23 (from CAR)
3rd '23 (from EDM)
Lineup After Trade Deadline
With the trades the Dallas Stars made at the deadline, they have not only put together a solid team but set themselves up pretty well for the future.