Many Stars fans wanted to see more action by the end of the trade deadline for the Stars. This can be true for about any NHL team’s fan base. Over the last few years it has become a bit of a meme for the Stars General Manager Jim Nill to be quiet during the deadline among fans.

Enter Sami Vatanen, a pick up off of waivers. Nothing flashy. Nothing you’ll see as headline news on nhl.com. For the Dallas Stars that’s just fine. This team didn’t need to go out to shake up the roster. Depth in the lineup was in the best interest of Jim Nill.

With the upcoming expansion draft for the NHL’s thirty second franchise, the Seattle Kraken, Jim Nill did not want to risk beefing up the roster’s depth anymore than it already is. “You’ve got to be careful which players you pick up,” Nill told The Athletic. “If you pick up a player that is not an expiring contract, that can affect your expansion draft.”

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An NHL veteran approaching ten years, Sami Vatanen has established himself as a sturdy depth defenseman. While Vatanen isn’t all-star material like John Klingberg or Miro Heiskanen, he plays tight, and consistent defense. Which is what you would want as a coach on your third line of defense, maybe second line. Another veteran presence approaching a possible playoff berth for a team largely carried by guys younger than twenty five is a big plus for the Stars.

Adding to Sami Vatanen’s veteran presence; his personality. He has only been with the Stars for a short time but gets along great with his new teammates, and is playing well with whomever Rick Bowness pairs him up with on defense. As well as the forwards, and goaltender on the ice or anybody in the locker room.

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