October 12, 2011
Because of that, the Stars will need to acquire a player in order to get back above the floor, and Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has been working the phones this week looking at what's out there. Since he's already carrying eight defensemen, our guess is he is going to try to pick up a forward.
That forward, it turns out, was Nystrom, who was traded to the Stars today for future considerations — because they had no use for him at half the price. Ah, NHL economics.
As mentioned on yesterday's blog, re-entry waivers would not cut it for the Stars' salary-cap issue. They needed $1.2 million in salary to get to the floor. Now they get $1.4 million in each of next two years. Wild doesn't have to pick up a cent.