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No extensions for Jagr, Roy, and Nystrom make them deadline fodder in Dallas

Apr 2, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr Getty Images

The next two days for the Dallas Stars could wind up being very busy.

General manager Joe Nieuwendyk has been trying to work out contract extensions for a few of his players. Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, and Eric Nystrom are guys he’s looking to keep in a Stars uniform.

As Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports, there hasn’t been any progress there and he may have to swing some deals to help the future of the franchise even in spite of the Stars being four points out of a playoff spot.

“These are very difficult decisions,” Nieuwendyk said Monday during the second intermission of the Stars’ 4-0 loss to Anaheim. “They’re never easy.”

With Dallas being losers of three of their last four and their next two games coming against Anaheim (yes, three in a row – scheduling quirk) a playoff spot could slip further away. The Stars haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 and making the postseason is clearly the goal to have. Is that worth possibly mortgaging the future and losing impending free agents for nothing? It’s a tough spot indeed for Nieuwendyk.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Can’t see them trading Jagr, despite the rumors to the contrary. You just don’t pick up a guy like that on a one-year contract and then use him as trade bait without hurting the team in the end.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      I totally agree with you, Jagr helps teams learn what it takes to be a champion, his work ethic is a treat and a source of inspiration to all.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Would it not make more sense to move a 41 year old Jagr out for a prospect(s) and/or draft pick(s) to help build around Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen, Loui Eriksson, Cody Eakin, and Alex Goligoski?

    Ditto for Derek Roy

    • einjzmolf - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      mentioning goligoski as a piece to build around earns you comment of the year. goalgiveupski is an absolute joke.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Short term, sure. Makes sense. But you are definitely sending a signal to other UFA’s by doing so. That’s why I was saying I can’t see how you pick him up to use him as trade bait unless he’s requesting a trade.

  3. comeonnowguys - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I wonder how Roy would look wearing an indian-head sweater.

  4. supercoop8 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Nystrom is a decent grinder but wouldn’t really fetch much on the market unless they could find a team that needed depth that would part ways with a third round pick. I would love to see the Bruins go after Jagr, there offense has been so anemic lately, but I can’t see Dallas parting ways with him when they are in the hunt. Outside of the points he puts up he develops young centers, look what he did for Giroux, and could be a vital part in Benn becoming a truly elite player. That leaves Roy who seems to make the most sense to be traded but for a roster player or a pick/prospect??

    • einjzmolf - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Joe letting Nystrom go for a third round pick would make him look even worse. He threw 2 away when he traded Ryder and Morrow, if he let another player go to get one back his head would be under a guillotine

  5. tfaltin - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    It’s clearly a sellers market this year. They may be able to fetch a ton for Roy and Jagr that could pay dividends in the next couple years. I’d see what I could get.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      You are underestimating Jagr’s value to a hockey club and you are overrating any returns on rentals. No one is going to give up a first round pick for either player unless it is a very late first rounder, which is equal to a second round pick.
      It is time for them to reward their fans and players by keeping Jagr and pushing for the playoffs.

  6. nicknyhc - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Would love to see the Rangers try to pick up Jagr for the playoffs. Jagr and Nash on the same line would be nasty.

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