Originally written on NHL Hot Stove  |  Last updated 10/12/11

By Patrick Powell
Salary Cap Analyst

The Minnesota Wild’s quest to rid themselves of the $1.4 million cap hit belonging to second-generation forward Eric Nystrom successfully ended today. The Dallas Stars acquired the Syosset, NY native, whose contract runs through 2013, today in exchange for future considerations.

With all due respect to Nystrom, the Stars made this deal primarily, if not entirely, for financial reasons. Prior to the deal, the Stars were perilously close to the salary cap floor of $48.3 million because of Sean Avery, yes, THAT Avery. When the New York Rangers moved Avery to the AHL, the Stars’ portion of his cap hit, $1.9 million, came off their books. Consequently, the Stars needed to take on approximately $1.2 million of salary cap space.

The acquisition of Nystrom solved that dilemma (prorated cap hit of $1.34 million for the remainder of the season), but, in doing so, the club added an extra player to their 23 man roster. In addition, defenseman Adam Pardy has reportedly come off the long term injury reserve list, which further complicated matters for the Stars.

In order to become compliant in regards to the number of active roster players, the Stars announced the demotion of forward Tomas Vincour. With 14 forwards, 8 defensemen (including Pardy), and 2 goaltenders still on the Stars’ active roster — per numerous NHL sources — the Stars still need to lose one contract from their active roster. That leaves speculation that the odd man out COULD be 21-year-old defenseman Philip Larsen, who is playing on an entry-level contract and could probably use a bit more seasoning in the AHL.

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