Just a quick opening thought: Michael Ryder is a perfect fit in Dallas, and man I hope this happens if it isn't going to be very expensive. He isn't very good defensively, and needs someone to hit him with a pass to set up his shot according to tsn's scouting profile on him, for what thats worth, but man he could be an asset. My only concern is that Modano isn't playing a ton of defense these days so that line could rack up a huge minus, but thats a chance you take when you pick up a 30 goal scorer. It seems like Ryder is getting shafted on PP time which is contributing to his point total. That won't be an issue here.
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With Tuesday looming is there any better time to evaluate what Dallas has to move? The first thing to recognize is which guys are key parts of the here and now, but also the future. Modano, Lehtinen, and Zubov aren't moving at this point. Morrow and Ribeiro have made themselves into cornerstones for the next 6-7 years. Marty Turco has been playing out of his mind this year so he's staying. Bob Sturm on the post game show said he has it on good authority that Matt Niskanen is untouchable. Robidas can definitely be thrown into that group with his play since Zubov and Boucher went down. Steve Ott is turning into a real player, Stu Barnes is Stu Barnes, and Jeff Halpern probably doesn't move at his salary. Barch and Winchester have negligible value so you can throw them in this group too.
I think any of the rest of these guys could go if Dallas addresses their holes. What shouldn't be suprising is the number of defenders on this list since Dallas is now waist deep in defense talent.
Mattias Norstrom: If someone has the salary room they could probably have him
Phillippe Boucher: With the young guys emerging he could be a piece used to bring in a scorer. He's also very affordable.
Trevor Daley: Daley is cheap, young, and can play D. He's a terrific skater so he'd have some value to a team looking for inexpensive players in return.
Nik Grossman: I hope he and Fistric can stay, but I doubt it happens. Grossman is going to be a good 2 way defender when he gets experience. The dude can pass.
Mark Fistric: Fistric is a solid defender, and his experience as a world juniors captain, his puck handling (which is improving...last night showed that), and natural leadership could make him very attractive.
The Finns: Nik Hagman and Antti Miettinen are both UFA. You may never be able to get more for Miettinen than you now can. He isn't a 3 mil per year player, and someone will pay him as a UFA. Hagman is gonna get paid as a UFA 30 goal scorer. Loui Eriksson has been looking better lately, but the fact that he's young/cheap/talented makes him a prime trade candidate. Jussi Jokinen is another to watch. He's playing alright and he definitely is a passer, but he doesn't have a role in Dallas. In the playoffs he becomes less valuable because there is no shootout. Dallas needs to be focusing on the playoffs at this point, and Jokinen's talent makes him very attractive to other teams.
Mike Smith: It would be hard to make your backup goalie untouchable, and Mike Smith isnt. If Ilya Bryzgalov had to be waived is there really any value in Mike Smith though?
That about sums it up. The main guys to watch are Norstrom, Jokinen, Eriksson, Fistric, Grossman, and Miettinen. Don't be suprised if a few of these guys are gone come Tuesday.
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