Thursday afternoon I wrote a blog complaining about how Jim Nill and the Dallas Stars hadn’t made a trade to upgrade the chances of the Stars making the Stanley Cup Finals. So… naturally the Dallas Stars made a trade for Max Domi a couple of hours later.
I was genuinely flabbergasted when this came across my desk. It seemed as if the Stars were going to stand pat, and essentially hope that the team was good enough to just make the Cup Finals.
The Stars just had basically their first regulation win in over a month the other night against the Arizona Coyotes, and secured another regulation win against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night. Along with bringing the W home, they’ll be bringing home Max Domi as well.
Domi is now a trade deadline hall of famer, and is on his seventh team since the beginning of his career in 2015. He can play center and also on the wing, so he could be a perfect pairing with Tyler Seguin. The second line with Seguin has been somewhat inconsistent throughout the season due to lack of production of the line next to Seguin.
Domi can possibly fill the hole that has been left with a 31 game goalless streak from Mason Marchment. The second line of Dadonov-Domi-Seguin has the potential to be just as deadly as the first line of Robertson–Hintz–Pavelski.
In order to take on Domi’s salary, the Stars did have to get rid of some salary of their own, and that happened to be fan favorite and legend of the bubble, Anton Khudobin. Dobby was in net a lot of the time during the Stars’ Cup run in 2020, but he’s gotten older and injured. He wasn’t the same guy he was in 2020, and Jake Oettinger surpassed him quickly after he made the NHL squad.
The trade deadline is Friday 3 p.m. EST, so there’s still time for the Stars to potentially make another move to sure up the defense, but if I had to guess, they’re done for the time being.
After weeks of complaining, and dreaming of Patrick Kane, the Stars did a thing. The Dallas Stars made a trade for Max Domi.