-- The Dallas Stars
were willing to use some of their depth on the blue line to try to build for the future.
On Tuesday, the Stars sent 27-year-old defenseman Nicklas Grossman
to the Philadelphia Flyers
in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2013. Grossman is in his fifth NHL season after Dallas took him in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft. The Swedish-born blueliner had skated in 52 games for the Stars this season and had five assists.
Defense - DAL
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 5
SOG: 38 | +/-: 0
General manager Joe Nieuwendyk
said one reason the Stars made the deal was because of how well Mark Fistric
has performed at the blue line in the wake of Sheldon Souray
's recent foot injury. Fistric's emergence as a consistent presence – along with wanting to get more ice time for Adam Pardy
– made Grossman expendable.
"As an organization, we felt that we have some depth at that position now, which we hadn't had in previous years, and made the decision to make the deal that we did in order to give not only Mark Fistric
more of an opportunity but to get Adam Pardy
going -- and we have some kids that are knocking on the door as well," Nieuwendyk said.