When the NHL trade deadline draws close at the beginning of next month, we’re going to be hearing a ton of names thrown around, especially with a shrinking salary cap. But not all moves are going to be to shed salary now. Some are going to be to acquire a savvy veteran to help push a contender over the top.
If that’s the case, then the Dallas Stars are certainly going to have players to provide. This is a team headed in the right direction, but probably is not going to contend this year. Which means that a couple of the old men that they currently employ could head elsewhere in April.
One player that would actually make some sense for the Stars to deal is future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr. Jagr is in his first, and probably only, season with the Stars. So far, the results have been terrific, not only for Jagr, but those around him as well.
Even at his advanced age, Jagr is still putting up solid numbers. Jagr has 18 points in 21 games this season. He’s a valuable asset at full strength and on the power play. Not only is he still producing on his own at 41, his experience makes everyone around him better. We saw it with Claude Giroux last year and now with Jamie Benn this year.
Which means that teams are taking note. Two high profile youngsters have seen their respective games elevated with Jagr next to them. In a shortened season, Jagr isn’t going to wear down the way he did last year. He’s going to be an asset for a contending team, if the Stars choose to move him.
That would be the right move for the Stars at this point. They’re not going to win a Stanley Cup this season. That’s pretty much a given. But a franchise that is already headed in the right direction could benefit from dealing a guy like Jagr to a team that would certainly be willing to overpay for some veteran leadership down the stretch.