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April 29, 2012 | 10:03am ET
Stars trading their stars?
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Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News notes that if the Stars choose to move forward Mike Ribeiro and/or captain Brenden Morrow, they could have a look at Buffalo Sabres' Brad Boyes as a replacement.

Although Heika is unaware if such a move is in the Stars' future, he acknowledges that Ribeiro and Morrow could be the top candidates to be traded if the club is looking to shake things up after missing the post-season for the fourth straight season.

While a change of scenery could benefit both Ribeiro and Morrow, Boyes would most likely be inspired to perform better than he did this season, posting eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in Buffalo, seeing that he is hungry for bigger minutes and more responsibility.

A move to Dallas could make sense for the 30-year-old, who made $4 million this year and is probably not going to make that much money again after such a sub-par season.

At his age, he could be great value for the next team that takes him, as he would most likely be willing to sign a one- or two-year contract like Michael Ryder, who was added to the Stars' lineup last season after signing a two-year, $7 million contract as a free agent.

He could also be a safer risk to take at a lower price tag than it would be for the Stars to trade for a player like Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

However, Heika believes that a potential acquisition of Boyes can only occur if the Stars let go of some of their current top-six forwards and make drastic changes to their lineup.

If the team chooses to keep the core intact and simply add another depth forward, the opportunity could be given to young prospects like Matt Fraser, Alex Chiasson, Reilly Smith, Austin Smith and Scott Glennie, who deserve a chance to play important minutes in the NHL.

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