Dallas deals for Nagy
The bar's being set high.
The Dallas Stars give up a role player (Mathias Tjarnqvist) and their first-round pick (2007) for Ladislav Nagy, a player they'll have for 26 regular-season games and into the playoffs.
A first rounder is a lot to pay for a pending unrestricted free agent, but that was the price meted out last year for Dwayne Roloson — and given the way that deal worked out for the Edmonton Oilers, some GMs may understandably be willing to roll the dice.
Much as the Oilers' Achilles' heel last season was in goal, the Stars' is up front. Dallas has scored the fewest goals of any team in playoff position other than the Vancouver Canucks, and with Brenden Morrow and Eric Lindros on the limp, there's very little scoring depth on this team. Nagy's going to slot right in on the team's top power-play unit, otherwise known as 'home' to the Slovak playmaker.
More of a passer than a sniper, Nagy has the potential to be a Top 20 or 30 scorer; he was in that position last season before a knee injury ended his season 51 games in. He has struggled this season on an awful Phoenix team, but put him in a more comfortable (re: power-play specialist) role, and he'll produce.
Dallas is a team that's not being talked about all that much lately, but they've managed to keep winning despite missing Morrow and Mike Modano for huge stretches and playing in so many low-scoring games. As always, however, Marty Turco will be front and centre come playoff time.
Phoenix GM Mike Barnett makes out well to get a first-round pick here, albeit it'll be one in the 25th range and the Coyotes have historically been the worst-drafting team in the league. Of the 84 players Phoenix has drafted since 1997, only Ossi Vaananen and Fredrik Sjostrom are NHL regulars.
No wonder Stars GM Doug Armstrong wasn't worried about trading within his division.