The NHL trade deadline came and went Wednesday and the Texas Stars were unaffected by moves the parent club made.
Dallas made a pair of trades this week, swapping Stephane Robidas for a fourth-round draft pick and trading back-up goalie Dan Ellis to Florida for Tim Thomas. Both moves kept the current depth chart status quo for the remainder of this season.
However, it could open up some space for current Texas goalies Cristopher Nilstorp and Jack Campbell in the future. Thomas’ contract expires at the end of the season, while Ellis was on a two-year deal, making it possible Nilstorp or Campbell could play themselves into consideration for the full-time backup role next season.
In another non-move, Texas will not be getting any reinforcements from Dallas for the AHL playoffs. Players had to be on an AHL roster at 2 p.m. CT Wednesday to be eligible for a send down, prompting speculation that Dallas rookie Valeri Nichuskin would be a “paper transaction.”
However, Dallas general manager Jim Nill said there was “no thought” of that in a conference call Wednesday afternoon.
“All the guys that have been up here with (Dallas) have been here all year, they deserve to be here,” Nill said. “We’ve got a lot of good guys down in Austin that need to play.”
While Texas’ roster was unaffected, the rest of the Stars division was impacted by trade deadline events.
Calgary traded away Reto Berra, prompting a call-up of Joey MacDonald before tonight’s game in Abbotsford — weakening the Heat’s goaltending depth for the rest of the regular season.