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Posted By Travis Currie On Feb 28 2011 @ 12:15 am In Dallas Stars | 3 Comments

Plenty of smaller deals made at or around the deadline since 1980 for the Stars but whether good or bad, these ten are the biggest.

10. Feb. 27, 2007: Jaroslav Modry,  Johan Fransson,  2nd- and 3rd-round picks in the 2007 Entry Draft and a 1st-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft traded to Los Angeles for Mattias Norstrom, Konstantin Pushkarev and Los Angeles’ 3rd- and 4th-round picks in the 2007 Entry Draft. Mattias Norstrom was the main piece in this deal. He played an important shut-down role in the Stars 2008 playoff run before retiring.

9. February 24, 2011:  James Neal and  Matt Niskanen traded to Pittsburgh for  Alex Goligoski. Obviously it’s yet to be seen what impact this trade will have on either side but the Stars gave up a good young power forward for a puck moving defenseman that’s been badly needed.

8. April 7, 1995:  Russ Courtnall traded to Vancouver for Greg Adams,  Dan Kesa and Vancouver’s 5th round pick in 1995 Entry Draft. Speedy Russ Courtnall was sent packing after two and a half seasons with the Stars and Greg Adams would play alongside center Joe Nieuwendyk on the Stars second line for the better part of the next three seasons.

7. March 4, 1989: Brian MacLelland and Minnesota’s 4th round choice in the 1989 Entry Draft traded to Calgary for Perry Berezan and Shane Churla. Berezan would play 132 games for the North Stars up until 1991, but Shane Churla along with Basil McRae would become  a very popular heavyweight with the club and even wear the captain’s “C” for a stint before being dealt to the Kings in 1996 along with Doug Zmolek for Darryl Sydor.

6. March 6, 1990: Mike Gartner traded to the NY Rangers for Ulf Dahlen, NY Rangers’ 4th round pick in 1990 Entry Draft and future considerations. Gartner’s stay in Minnesota was short but sweet as he played just 80 games but managed 41 goals and 84 points over that span.

5. March 19, 1994: Ulf Dahlen traded to San Jose for Doug Zmolek . The Stars were looking for a deep playoff run in the spring of 1994. Unfortunately, captain Mark Tinordi broke his leg and that forced Bob Gainey to deal Mike Modano’s goal scoring winger to the Sharks for some defensive help. That means the Stars had two depth defensemen in the lineup rather than their top defenseman and second leading goal scorer. They were ousted in the second round by the Vancouver Canucks and had Tinordi not broken his leg, who knows ?

4. March 24, 1998:  Todd Harvey,  Bob Errey and a 4th round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded to the NY Rangers for  Brian Skrudland,  Mike Keane and a conditional pick in either the 1998 or 1999 Entry Draft. Gainey took a chance in dealing youngster Todd Harvey but the risk was well worth the reward. Skrudland and Keane were key cogs for the Stars especially in their 1999 Stanley Cup Championship.

3. March 19, 2002:  Joe Nieuwendyk and  Jamie Langenbrunner to New Jersey for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and New Jersey’s 1st-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft. Still thought by many as the worst trade in Stars history. And so far I  cannot disagree. Langenbrunner and Nieuwendyk were main ingredients for the Stars and became that for the Devils as they helped New Jersey win a Stanley Cup in 2003. McKay’s time in Dallas was worth a cup of coffee and Arnott, while effective for the most part, was no Joe Nieuwendyk at center.

2. March 7, 1989: Dino Ciccarelli and Bob Rouse traded to Washington for Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy. Still one of the most popular players in franchise history, Dino’s off ice antics sent him and defensive defenseman Bob Rouse to the Capitals for speedy winger Mike Gartner and offensive defenseman Larry Murphy. Ciccarelli was wildly popular in Minnesota and fans were not exactly happy to see him go.

1. February 26, 2008:  Jussi Jokinen,  Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, and a 4th-round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft traded to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards and  Johan Holmqvist. Brett Hull and Les Jackson managed to pull off the biggest trade in Stars deadline history. While Smith is still in Tampa Bay, Jokinen and Halpern have both gone their separate ways. Holmqvist has all but disappeared but obviously the main piece in the deal was Brad Richards. He helped form a three headed monster at center along with Mike Modano and Mike Ribeiro that was huge in the playoff run of 2008. Richards has since been the offensive catalyst for the Stars in every way. Until his recent concussion he was well on his way to finishing among the league’s top ten scorers for the second straight season.

Will there be a deal made between tonight and the 2011 deadline that knocks one of these out of the list ?

Stay tuned…

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