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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