Here are the stats for the Stars' leading scorers since the start of the 2006 when the Ribeiro trade was made:
He is absolute proof that the "change of scenery" theory has some validity.
So, I grabbed a media guide and every time there was a stoppage in play, I decided to put together my list of best trades in Dallas Stars History:
1) June 22, 1996 - Stars Acquired D Sergei Zubov from Pittsburgh for D Kevin Hatcher - This one is pretty much locked in at the top. Zubov is going to the Hall, #56 is going to the rafters, and Kevin Hatcher really gave nothing after the trade.
2) September 30, 2006 - Stars Acquired C Mike Ribeiro and a 2008 6th round pick from Montreal in exchange for D Janne Niinimaa and a 2007 5th round pick. - The modern day fleecing that will always be one of my favorites. To get anything for Janne is amazing. To get a #1 Center is beyond amazing. Holy Cow.
3) October 2, 1995 - Stars Acquired C Guy Carbonneau from St Louis for RW Paul Broten. - Once again, Guy was such a huge part of this franchise and its cup. And they got him for almost nothing.
4) March 24, 1998 - Stars Acquired RW Mike Keane, C Brian Skrudland, and a conditional pick from the Rangers for LW Bob Errey, RW Todd Harvey, and a 1998 4th round pick. - Could this team have won the cup without Keane and Skrudland? Maybe. But, Keane's Game 7 in the 1999 Western Finals is reason enough to make this trade a worthy one.
5) March 10, 2003 - Stars Acquired C Stu Barnes from Buffalo for C Mike Ryan and a 2003 2nd round pick. 330 games from Stu for Mike Ryan? Sold.
December 12, 2005 - Stars Acquired LW Niklas Hagman from Florida for a 2007 7th round pick.
February 17, 1996 - Stars Acquired D Darryl Sydor and a 1996 5th round pick from Los Angeles for RW Shane Churla and D Doug Zmolek.
January 22, 2000 - Stars Acquired LW Scott Thornton from Montreal for LW Juha Lind.
October 4, 2003 - Stars Acquired D Stephane Robidas from Atlanta for future considerations.
What say you?
Update: I have received a fair amount of feedback about my omission of both the Joe Nieuwendyk/Jarome Iginla trade and the Brad Richards deal. The fact is, I am to blame for not at least explaining my rationale during the blog entry. I have a rationale for not putting them on the list, but I need to explain it.
The Nieuwendyk trade is one of the most famous in franchise history, and to acquire a guy who goes on to win the Conn Smythe for you is absolutely a wonderful deal. However, if Jarome Iginla was kept, does he become a league MVP here? If so, does that bring cups? I guess my thought on that deal was it was a great deal for each team. Therefore to count it as a “win” for the Stars, you must also count it as a “loss” for Calgary. Both teams would do the same trade over again in a heart-beat, which makes a great distinction from the trades included on the list.
As for the Brad Richards deal, I think the Stars did a very nice job here, and it already paid off nicely in the 2008 playoffs, but I would like to see what Mike Smith in particular does before we render a verdict on the outcome of the deal from a historical perspective.