The Dallas Stars are going to be a team to keep an eye on this summer. With a new general manager, a new coach on the horizon, and a team that isn’t all that far from being a real playoff threat out of the Western Conference, they’re an intriguing club on a few different levels.
One potential move that could make them even more intriguing is the fact that they are apparently willing to deal Loui Eriksson in the right deal. Eriksson is one of a few different Stars currently finding himself in trade rumors. Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski are the other names coming up.
But Eriksson is the one that would make the least amount of sense in dealing, unless the return was absolutely fantastic. The Stars have a small core of offensive players that makes them an attractive option for potential head coaches. Eriksson is part of that core. But for how long?
The Stars are in dire need of help in the middle. They traded both Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow prior to the trade deadline, leaving them without top tier talent in the middle. The Stars are apparently willing to deal Eriksson if it were to net them a center that they could plant right in the middle of that top six.
Which makes sense on plenty of levels. Eriksson isn’t coming off of his best season, at least in the goal-scoring department, but it was another fine offensive season for him overall. Prior to this year, he hit 70 points in three consecutive seasons and is a very strong defensive forward.
If the Stars were going to deal Eriksson, it would have to be a deal that makes them better almost immediately. Jim Nill is planning to turn this team around almost overnight, as they’ve been a sputter club for quite some time now. Dealing Eriksson could end up being something that sets them back, rather than pushing them forward as they desire.