The NHL trade deadline isn't until the end of February, but some teams are getting down to business a bit in advance.
The Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks have completed a big trade which will send Andrew Cogliano to the Stars. Going the other way in the deal will be Stars' forward Devin Shore.
The Stars have had internal issues lately with team executives calling out both Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin for their subpar performances this season. Now they will have another solid player up front to alleviate the pressure on Seguin and Benn.
In 46 games this season, Cogliano has registered 11 points. He's scored three goals and provided teammates with eight assists while averaging 13 minutes on the ice per game.
Devin Shore has contributed 17 points this season, scoring five goals and contributing 12 assists in 42 games. The 24-year-old has spent his entire career with Dallas up until the trade.
The Stars are currently in third place in the Western Conference Central Division with 50 points, posting a record of 23-19 with four overtime losses. The Ducks are in fourth place in the Western Conference Pacific Division with 47 points and a record of 19-18 with nine overtime losses.
With both teams still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, this trade could stand to benefit both sides and help them finish in the top half of the Western Conference.