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Stars’ president Lites explains trades in letter to fans

Apr 3, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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Brenden Morrow began the season a member of the Dallas Stars. He’s now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins following a recent trade.

Same for Jaromir Jagr, who was traded to Boston, and Derek Roy, dealt to the Vancouver Canucks.

Three big names gone in the days leading up to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. The Stars, as of Wednesday night, currently sit 13th in the Western Conference but only three points out of the final playoff spot.

Following the deadline, Stars’ president James R. Lites wrote a letter to the fans on the team’s website, explaining the recent trades.

Here’s an excerpt:

Dear Dallas Stars Fans,

We are sure everyone is spinning with the trades the franchise made this week. Tom Gaglardi, Joe Nieuwendyk, and I want to give you our insight into the process we’ve just come through and what it means to the near and long term prospects of our franchise.

First, one of the most difficult things hockey teams have to do at this time of the year is weigh their chances of competing for the Stanley Cup against the existing market place for veteran players, particularly veteran unrestricted free agents. In our case, Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr, and Derek Roy were all unrestricted free agents after this season. That meant that we may only have been able to keep them for 12 or so more regular season games. Faced with that prospect, over the course of the last week, each player was purchased from us for solid, young prospects and/or draft picks. Believe me, we did our best to maximize the value for each player and did the best we could for the future of the Dallas Stars.

  1. eggserino - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Wow, way to explain how hockey works to your fans who understand (alienation) and to those who don’t (how could you trade my favorite player?!)

    Why bother?

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    From reading that I thought their was going to be a second part or at least more to it. Mainly because Lites started off using “First”. Typically, and this is my experience with my high school education, when you start something using a word like first. You follow that up with a second or a furthermore or even a last or something.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      My bad. Laziness prevented me from opening the link. Perhaps Lites could’ve made reality clearer for me a bit quicker.

  3. operwapitsai - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    well I really wish gmgm would explain to us caps fans how he let forsberg go just like that…. unacceptable as far as im concerned

  4. charliereno - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Dear Stars Fans,
    We gave up.

    • govtminion - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      See? That would have even fit on Twitter, no reason to waste printer ink.

    • brainoflindros - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      HA! EXACTLY! Then he has the nerve to ask fans to come to the remaining games in April. And points out that one game will be the return of Derek Roy …Seriously.
      3 Points out and you give up, should have never left Minn.
      Here is the reality of it.
      Dallas has been close to last in attendance in the last few years.
      They went out and grabbed a few big free agents, attendance has been way up this year. For a mediocre team.
      Now you drop all that salary and collect all the revenue, smart move Pres.
      If Dallas fans knew anything about hockey world they would be irrate. But of course they will not say a thing and STAND the entire game. Screaming for a big hit or a fight.
      Sit down, you paid for the seat!

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