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Monday, February 21, 2011
Quotable: GM Joe on today's trade

By Mark Stepneski

Just got off the phone with Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. Here's a quote from him on today's trade that sent left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen to Pittsburgh for defenseman Alex Goligoski:
"Anytime you do a trade you are trying to make your hockey club better. I think when you add a guy like Alex Goligoski it really improves your defense. He's a two-way defenseman that is really going to help getting the puck to our forwards. He is a smart player. I think that's been a big need for us.

"Obviously it comes at a cost. You give up a good young player like James Neal, but that's the way these things work - you can't get something unless you give something up. I really feel it is a big need for us. I am happy about acquiring Alex. I've talked to him and he is really excited.

"As far as Matt is concerned, it's been a little bit of trying times for Matt the last couple years. He hasn't been able to regain the form he broke into the league with and this is a good opportunity for him to get a new look with another team and hopefully get his career going."