Dallas Stars: Familiar Face Returns to the Dallas Blue Line

Ian RobinettSenior Analyst INovember 16, 2008

In a surprising move, the Dallas Stars have traded away one of their All-Star defensemen, Philippe Boucher, in exchange for a familiar face to the Dallas Stars and member of their 1998-99 Stanley Cup Champion roster, Darryl Sydor.

The trade marks an obvious attempt for the Stars to fix their ailing defense in this early season.

Dallas has stepped up its scoring prowess by adding Mark Parrish, but has still been suffering tremendously on the defensive side of the ice.  With Sydor, a notable "stay-at-home" defenseman, the Stars will definitely have added some leverage to their defensive game.

Sydor had not been getting a good amount of playing time in Pittsburgh, and felt he needed to move elsewhere in order to continue playing like he feels he can.

Boucher gives the Penguins a stellar, scoring, defenseman, who is very savvy on special teams.