Monday morning the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks made a trade which saw the Stars send forward Devin Shore to Anaheim and the Ducks send forward Andrew Cogliano to the Stars.

At first glance I am not in love with the trade but at the same time I don’t hate it.

What the Stars gave up

In Devin Shore the Stars gave up a guy who at 24 years of age has 17 points in 42 games this year and 82 points in his 209 games with the Dallas Stars. Shore can play both center and wing and can play on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th line.

On Social media there has been quite some backlash about this move and many fans are unhappy that one of their favorite players was moved. I will not deny that Shore is a great character guy.

This is what Stars GM Jim Nill said about Devin Shore. “Shore is one of the highest-character guys in the game on and off the ice…” but unfortunately being a high character guy has no correlation to goal scoring. He has only 29 goals in his time with the Dallas Stars. Some people on social media think the Stars gave up “out future 2nd line center” but in reality, Shore is not a top 6 guy. He best fits on the 3rd or 4th line and will contribute in the goal column roughly 10 times a year. Which is what he is on pace for half way through the season.

I think a lot of people bought into Shore fairly quickly, thinking he could be a guy that contributes with depth scoring based on his hot start to the season. He scored all 5 of his goals in the first 16 games of the season and 12 of his 17 points in the first 19 games. He has gone eight games without a point and over two months without a goal.

The 2016-2017 season is when Shore set a career high in goals scored with 13. That is not the amount of goal scoring you want from a 2nd line center. 3rd or 4th line? I would gladly take that. But that is what most of the team is. A bunch of 3rd and 4th liners who struggle to consistently find the back of the net.

Sending Shore to Anaheim seems to not only fit what Anaheim wanted in a young forward. But it also a change of scenery and maybe he can find his game out in California.

Shore is making $2.3 Million this year and next year and is an RFA after the 2019-2020 season.

What the Stars got

In Andrew Cogliano, the Stars get a guy that is 31 years old and has three goals and eight assists in 46 games this season. He has 379 points in 912 games in his career. He has spent four seasons with Edmonton and was in his eigth year with Anaheim.

Cogliano can play either wing position and will be a middle six type of guy. This is what Nill had to say about Cogliano. “We’re going to play faster and it creates more opportunities. When you get in on pucks, I think it’s going to help our forecheck. In the end, you’re playing in two zones: your zone or the other team’s zone. He enhances that.”

The type of game that Cogliano plays fits well into Jim Montgomery’s system. He is a smart two-way player who is one the fastest players in the league and can kill penalties.

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If people think that this was a move that will fix the Stars depth scoring they are sadly mistaken. Cogliano alone will not solve the depth scoring issue. But I do think that he can help generate chances for other guys on the team. The underlying offensive numbers say that Cogliano has been generating a lot of chances recently but just can’t finish.

Another good thing about Cogliano is the veteran presence in the locker room and his resume as a winner. Cogliano is a great locker room guy and hopefully he can help be a leader for this team.

Cogliano is under contract through 2021 and is making $3.25 Million per year in each season.

What this means for the future

Since Cogliano is under contract for two more seasons after this year I now think that it is safe to say that Jason Spezza will not be wearing a Dallas Stars uniform next season. Although it did look like an option for Spezza to stay in Dallas and take a pay cut, I do not believe the Stars are going to want to spend $2-3 Million to keep a guy who would essentially be a fourth line center. It is also as simple as he isn’t putting up numbers anymore.

Another thing to look into is that Cogliano and Comeau both have expiring contracts after 2021 season which is when Miro Heiskanen will need a contract extension. I’m sure that had nothing to do with any part in the trade, it was just an observation made while looking at the Stars cap situation.

Trade season has just begun and I am fairly certain that this will not be the last move the Stars make before the trade deadline. This trade could be a setup for an even bigger trade. There is no secret that the Stars need a top six forward that can score goals. I would hope that one of those would be a target in the upcoming weeks.

The players that the Stars have that I could see them moving are Mattias Janmark, Julius Honka, Valeri Nichushkin, and Brett Ritchie. At least those are the names that Stars fans want to get rid of. For some of the guys there is more value than others. I will do a separate piece on that in the upcoming week. In addition to those guys, if the right situation were to arise I could see Jim Nill parting with either 2017 2nd round pick Jason Robertson or 2018 1st round pick Ty Dellandrea. Hopefully, those are two guys that the Stars will keep, but if it means getting a bonafide goal scorer I am all ears.

In the long run I think this will be a successful trade for both sides. It is too early now to determine who got the better end of the deal. I look forward to seeing Cogliano as a Dallas Star and hope that he brings a spark to the team. This is a move that will require patience.

But at the end of the day, I do believe that Jim Nill made this team better.

Best of luck to Devin Shore in Anaheim, he will truly be missed in Dallas.

Cover photo credit: Sporting News
Chris Bugajsky covers the Dallas Stars for Full Press Coverage. Follow Chris on twitter @CBugajsky14.

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