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Money makes the players move around

The Stars were considering the bottom line as much as the blue line in the trade that sent Darryl Sydor to Columbus.

Updated: July 23, 2003, 11:06 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
On the surface, the Dallas Stars didn't make a significant upgrade on defense by trading Darryl Sydor and receiving Teppo Numminen in a three-team deal involving Phoenix and Columbus on Tuesday.

The Stars were considering the bottom line as much as the blue line in the trade that has Sydor going to Columbus, a Blue Jackets second-round pick going to Dallas with Numminen and Mike Sillinger leaving the Jackets for Phoenix along with a conditional draft pick.

Owing Numminen $4.5 million for this season was more appealing to the Stars than the $12.3 million over the next four years on Sydor's contract.

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