The Dallas Stars head into the summer of 2013 in an interesting position. They’re not so far away from contending that they want to blow it up and rebuild, but at the same time, they’re not in a position where a serious run can be made with the roster the way it is right now.
Which means that some players will be finding their way out this summer via trade. And while the Stars may have an overall need for defense, at least one of their veteran blue liners might be finding his way out in a trade at some point during the summer, perhaps for an upgrade up front or some younger talent on the back end.
With the addition of Sergei Gonchar, the Stars have a veteran presence on the blue line, along with some solid offensive capabilities. Along with Alex Goligoski, they have a couple of weapons back there. With a pair of defensemen set to make $3.3 million next year, the Stars could choose to part with one of them.
Which means that Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley are about to hear their names float around in trade rumors over the next several weeks. That doesn’t mean that one of them will be dealt, but it’s very likely that the Stars could try and shop at least one of them.
Robidas is a leader in the Dallas locker room and capable of helping out on the offensive end, with 13 points in the 2013 season. He’s a physical presence back there capable of blocking plenty of shots. Daley is a similar player, but is also six years younger and signed for four more years, rather than the one that Robidas is signed for.
With the Stars trying to get their youth movement underway in Dallas, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see one of Robidas and Daley find their way out of Dallas this summer. In a thin free agent market, there will be plenty of interest in either one of them. The question is whether the Stars will deal one or both of Robidas and Daley.