There are really two trade deadlines

February, 11, 2010
2/11/10
8:00
AM CT
What makes this season unique is the two-week Olympic break and how it impacts the trade deadline. There are actually two deadlines. The first is Friday at 11 p.m. Dallas time. That's when a freeze goes into effect for the break. After that, things resume at 11 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Of course, just because teams can't make trades doesn't mean they can't talk. You've got a lot of GMs with two weeks to talk (and watch the Olympics, of course).

Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk may not be done dealing. He said on Sirius Radio on Wednesday that he doesn't want to carry three goaltenders, but would until "probably the trade deadline."

Certainly, Nieuwendyk would like to add a defenseman if the price is right. But he does have an interesting decision to make on Marty Turco. He could try to get something -- anything -- for Turco before he likely exits at the end of the season as an unrestricted free agent. But if he does that, he's turning things over to Kari Lehtonen now (and Lehtonen hasn't played an NHL game since last April) and Alex Auld.

What would you do? (As I said Wednesday, if I didn't get a great offer, I wouldn't just trade Turco to trade him. He will start tonight in Calgary and right now gives this team the best chance to win games.)
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

ESPN.com
ESPN.com

Your request cannot be processed at the current time. Please check back as we will work to correct the problem as quickly as possible.

Please feel free to send us any comments or feedback.

ESPN.com
ESPN.com

Your request cannot be processed at the current time. Please check back as we will work to correct the problem as quickly as possible.

Please feel free to send us any comments or feedback.