The 10 Best Trades in Dallas Stars History

Ken ArmerSenior Writer IFebruary 11, 2012

The 10 Best Trades in Dallas Stars History

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    The Dallas Stars have seen a lot of skilled and amazing players come and go throughout both their time in the Lone Star State, and also in the North Star State of Minnesota.

    Puns and creative writing aside ranking the 10 best (or most important) trades in Stars history wasn't easy to do.

    How can a fan and writer rate a trade that led to a Stanley Cup Champion team vs a trade that saw the Stars give up more than a fair deal to try to dig out of a slumping season.

    Regardless, over the next couple of slides I tried my best to do so.

#10 Dallas Acquires Stephane Robidas from Atlanta

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    The Stars originally acquired Stephane Robidas from Atlanta for a 6thround draft choice in 2002.

    They later resigned the skilled defenseman and he has turned into an important member of the Stars defense corps in trying to rebuild for a playoff run.

#9 Dallas Acquires Kari Lehtonen from Atlanta

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    Dallas acquired Kari Lehtonen from Atlanta for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 4th round pick in February 2010.

    Only a year in Dallas and Lehtonen at times has shown brilliance in the net, and considering his young age (27 years old), he should continue to develop as the Stars key goaltender for years to come.

    Add in the fact Vishnevskiy hasn't played an NHL game since the trade occurred, and its easy to see that the Stars made out bandits on this trade.

#8 Dallas Deals James Neal and Matt Niskanen to Obtain Alex Goligoski

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    James Neal was an apparent future superstar for Dallas, as he was scoring goals by the truckload and quickly winning fan's hearts.

    After re-signing his contract though, Neal along with defenseman Matt Niskanen, were traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski as the trade deadline appeared.

    While still relatively new to the team, Goligoski is quickly becoming the Stars offensive defenseman of the future.

    There is no doubt that when Goligoski is on the ice, the Stars are a more dangerous scoring threat thanks to his presence.

    Only time will tell which team came with the better end for this trade.

#7 Dallas Acquires Mike Ribeiro for Janne Niinimaa from Montreal

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    Mike Ribeiro has become everything the Stars could have hoped for when acquiring him from Montreal.

    Niinimaa has been in the Swedish League since the trade, and Ribeiro has led the Stars in scoring during several of his seasons here.

    There is no doubt the Stars cashed in, as Ribeiro's scoring and passing ability continues to cause other teams headaches.

#6 Stars Acquire Darryl Sydor from Kings in 1996

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    Darryl Sydor is just a name that has always found its way onto the roster of the Stars.

    In 1996 the Los Angeles Kings traded Sydor to Dallas, where he blossomed into a top-four defenseman, and played a key role in helping the Stars capture the 1999 Stanley Cup.

    In the summer of 2003, Sydor was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Sydor also helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the 2004 Stanley Cup, and later rejoined the Stars in 2006, but spent most of his time in the AHL with the Texas Stars.

    After retiring in July 2010, Sydor began a coaching career with the Houston Aeros. In the summer of 2011, Sydor was named an Assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild.

    His presence on the blue line helped give the Dallas Stars of the Late 90s and Early 2000s much of its identity, and his sharp mind and defensive skill has helped teams such as Tampa to a Stanley Cup, and the Houston Aeros (under his aid on the coaching staff), to a Western Conference title.

#5 Stars Land Brad Richards from Tampa Bay in Landmark Trade

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    Dallas gave Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith, centre Jeff Halpern, winger Jussi Jokinen and a 2009 4th round draft pick to get Richards and goaltender Johan Holmqvist.

    In his first game as a Star, Richards set a franchise record with five assists, and during the rest of his time with the Stars would prove to be a key member of the offensive core for Dallas.

    In 2011 Richards became a free-agent and signed a mega-contract with the New York Rangers.

    While Dallas gave up a lot to acquire Richards, it was a solid move in trying to build a winning contender.

#4 Sergei Zubov Joins Stars, Kevin Hatcher to Pittsburgh

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    Any real Stars fan knows who Sergei Zubov is.

    He was only the defensive idol for his time in Dallas. 

    Zubov compiled 549 points in his 12 seasons with Dallas, three All-Star selections, a Stanley Cup and was an all around superman on the blue-line.

    The Stars gave up Kevin Hatcher (brother of former Stars defenseman Derian Hatcher) to get Zubov. In Pittsburgh Kevin played for five seasons after the trade, and never reached the same level Zubov was. 

    Overall, the Stars definitely won in that deal.

#3 Stars Acquire Guy Carbonneau from St. Louis for Paul Broten

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    Paul had to live in the shadow of brother Neal when it came to wearing a Stars uniform.

    Sadly for him though, it ended with a trade following with a virtual end to his career.

    When Carbonneau joined the Stars he became a key piece to the Stanley Cup winning formula and lifted his third and final cup with Dallas in 1999.

    Carbonneau went on to become coach of the Montreal Canadiens, but still maintains Dallas Stars ties by being the Father-in-law of Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

    Carbonneau may always be held in high regard to Canadiens fans, but he will never be forgotten by the Stars' faithful.

#2 Minnesota Drafts Neal Broten with Draft Day Trade

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    In the 1979 NHL Entry Draft the Minnesota North Stars made a trade with the Edmonton Oilers sending Dave Semenko to Edmonton, in exchange for 2nd and 3rd round draft picks.

    With the 2nd round pick Neal Broten became a North Star.

    Broten was a key part of the 1980 Winter Olympic "Miracle on ice" hockey team.

    He also was the first American to score more than 100 points in a single season and had two NHL All-Star Game appearances in 1983 and 1986.

    In 1998, Broten's #7 jersey was retired by the Dallas Stars.

    Broten played 992 of his 1,099 NHL games with Dallas/Minnesota. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

#1 Dallas Acquires Joe Nieuwendyk from Calgary in Exchange for Jerome Iginla

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    The No. 1 trade in Dallas Stars history was no doubt a hard choice, especially with some of the Stars' greats coming in at the top of the list. But no trade was more impressive nor more ironic than Joe Nieuwendyk to Dallas in exchange for (then) prospect Jerome Iginla.

    As much as it hurts to think about how awesome it may have been to have Iginla in a Stars jersey, there likely would have been no Stanley Cup in 1999 without Nieuwendyk, especially considering his Conn Smythe caliber play that post-season.

    During the 2001-2002 Season Nieuwendyk was traded to New Jersey, and bounced around teams up until his retirement in 2006 due to recurring back problems.

    Nieuwendyk is currently the Dallas Stars general manager, and has even overseen some of the trades on this list.

    With his performance on the ice and in the face-off circle, and as well as his time as Stars GM, there is no doubt GM Joe is the most important trade move the Dallas Stars ever made.

    Without him there is no Stanley Cup in 1999, and while Jerome Iginla would have looked good in a Stars jersey at this time he can't compare to the career of the skilled Joe Nieuwendyk.