NHL: How the James Neal Trade Made Sense for Joe Nieuwendyk and the Dallas Stars

March 1st, 2011 by Dave Vidler Leave a reply »

Since the dust has settled in south Texas, fans of the Dallas Stars franchise have been coming to terms with the loss of fan favorite James Neal, a 20+ goal-a-year power forward with a big frame and what looked to be a promising future in the Lone Star State.

It's no secret that the Stars have been struggling to find a puck-moving defenseman who's name is not Stephane Robidas, or who's not as inconsistent as Trevor Daley. The D-corp in Dallas is by all rights one of the weakest in the West and the Stars have been running off the lethal offensive corp that have finally started to adopt coach Marc Crawford's new offensive system. Of course this depends entirely on the health of the forward group and the last month has been a nightmare of injuries in the American Airlines Center.

So why did GM Joe Nieuwendyk trade for Alex Goligoski?

There are a few possible reasons behind this, but probably the critical reason why Neal was traded was simply because the Stars were in possession of some of the finest up-and-coming forwards in the ...

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