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Don't trade Turco now (and other thoughts)

A few thoughts are rattling around my brain this morning. So here goes:

* This trade for Kari Lehtonen looks like the end of the Marty Turco era in Dallas. But I think that ending should be after the season, not now at the trade deadline. Why? Turco is playing well and has been the last four games. He had a slow start to Tuesday's game (with one goal probably being one he could have stopped and the other a screen) in the first period, but was great in the final two periods. The Stars don't get that point last night without Turco in net.

Sure, you could argue the Stars are showcasing Turco for a trade. But I think the reality is he's their best option right now. And that didn't change with this trade.

So I say play the hot hand. That's Turco. Lehtonen may be the goalie of the future, but he hasn't played an NHL game this season. Turco should remain the No. 1 goalie right now. At the end of the season, the Stars can let him go and save some money on the goaltending position. Obviously, if a team offers you a great deal for Turco, you have to consider it. But barring that (and I'm not sure Dallas will get any "great offers"), I'd keep him and see if he can lead this team on a run to try to make the postseason (while working Lehtonen into the mix as well).

* It was good to see Mike Ribeiro back on the, ice wasn't it? He was playing for the first time since he was hit in the throat by a stick on Jan. 6. Ribeiro played 13:37 as he was eased in. But he looked fine to me. He scored a goal and was in on the action. I didn't see him playing tentatively, either. That's a big boost to this team.

* Getting a point in Chicago should keep the Stars' confidence and momentum going. They've played well at home recently, but haven't been able to shift it to the road. Last night, they got good goaltending and took advantage of the scoring chances they had. Now they have to keep it going in Calgary on Thursday.