Are the Stars looking to replace Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro with trades? Will Sheldon Souray return with the Stars next season? What’s the latest on Bobby Ryan? Read on for the latest.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports the Stars aren’t going to make trades to fill in for the losses of forwards Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro to injury. He also reports it’s uncertain if defenseman Sheldon Souray returns with the club next season, given his age (36) and the Stars need to get some of their young blueliners into the NHL to see what they can do.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if the Stars were inclined to look for short-term replacements, they won’t find anyone with skills comparable to Benn and Ribeiro, so their best bet appears to remain patient, ride this out and wait for the pair to return from injury. As for Souray, it could also depend on what he’ll seek for a salary.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Bobby Ryan’s improved play isn’t likely to keep his name out of upcoming trade rumors, a situation Ryan finds frustrating as he felt his recent play would help dampen down those rumors. Stephens also noted Ryan is now on a 30-goal pace and has been reunited on the Ducks top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. As for the rumors, Ryan said he hasn’t met with GM Bob Murray “to smooth things over after the speculation of his depature peaked in late November before Murray fired Carlyle.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Ducks playing better, I think it was obvious Murray’s words earlier this month hinting at changing his core if the team failed to show improvement in the second half was intended to get players like Ryan to step up their performances. While a trade remains a possibility, it doesn’t appear Ryan will be moving this season, if at all.