Although the Dallas Stars are unlikely to contend for the Stanley Cup this year, the organization made two huge moves on Tuesday that will affect the rest of the NHL season.
The club started things off by trading its leading scorer Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins. Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Stars will receive prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne in return:
Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie
DAL will receive prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne (Plymouth) as part of the Jagr trade with BOS.4/2/2013, 5:43:50 PM
ESPN's Jimmy Murphy reports that Boston will also send over a conditional second-round pick:
Jimmy Murphy @MurphysLaw74
Just confirmed that pick to Dallas in Jagr deal is a conditional second round pick. Nothing yet on who prospects are.4/2/2013, 5:44:34 PM
In addition, the Stars traded away top assist man Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks, which was confirmed by the team's official Twitter account:
Vancouver Canucks @Canucks
The deal has been made. #Canucks have acquired Derek Roy (@Roy9ner) from the Dallas Stars for Connauton and second round pick.4/2/2013, 6:02:15 PM
Kevin Connauton is a defensive prospect currently playing for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL.
While two draft picks and three young players represent a solid haul for Dallas, the trades highlight big changes for the other clubs involved.
Boston is one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, but the squad was having a hard time keeping up with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadians, especially offensively. Once the Penguins added veteran Jarome Iginla, it was clear that the Bruins needed to make a move.
While Jagr is no longer able to score 50 goals in a season like in the old days, the 41-year-old veteran is still a talented offensive player. He has totaled 14 goals and 12 assists this season.
The wing will help provide Boston with leadership heading into the playoffs, as well as a big boost on the power play. His six goals with a man advantage are twice as many as anyone currently on the Bruins, and the team ranks 24th in the league in power-play percentage.
Although Boston likely will not catch the Penguins in the standings, it will make the squad a contender in the postseason.
In the Western Conference, the Canucks also pushed their way into the list of top teams thanks to their latest trade. Derek Roy is not a huge scorer, but his ability to distribute the puck makes everyone on the ice better.
He has 18 assists this season, and has topped 40 assists four different times in his career. On a team that ranks only No. 20 in the NHL in goals per game, the center is certain to make this offense much better.
We have seen throughout the years that a hockey team can ride a hot goalie to a championship. Cory Schneider is playing well enough to carry the squad deep into the postseason, while Roberto Luongo is just as reliable in net.
As long as the offense takes care of business, this squad is dangerous for the rest of the year. Roy will be a big difference-maker to keep the unit running smoothly.
While both Jagr and Roy appear to be on the decline of their careers, they have each shown this season that there is a lot left in the tank.
Both men will make a huge difference on their respective teams and could be the extra push necessary to help their squads win a Stanley Cup.
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