Nieuwendyk talks Grossman trade

Here are some quotes from Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on today's trade that sent defenseman Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 third-round.

On Grossman

“I’ll start by thanking Nick Grossman for all his years of service here in a Dallas Stars uniform. He was a drafted player and developed through the system and has just been a tremendous pro all these years and been a good teammate. So, that’s the part that makes it difficult. But he’s a quality person and we wish him luck.”

On the impetus for the trade

“Well, obviously when guys have contracts and they’re nearing their end, you make decisions on going forward. I think as an organization, we felt that we have some depth at that position now, which we hadn’t had in previous years and made the decision to make the deal that we did in order to give not only Mark Fistric more of an opportunity but to get Adam Pardy going and we have some kids that are knocking on the door as well.”

Were there any contract extension talks with Grossman

“We had initial talks. I think a few months ago, three months ago but we didn’t have any after that to be honest with you. We kind of watched our team and watched how we were unfolding and made the decision that this was the best thing for us moving forward.”

On if this deal signifies the Stars will be sellers at the deadline instead of buyers

“Well, I don’t really like the term and I know everyone wants to talk about that. I just think today is an isolated case and it shows that we’re going to be active. We’re going to look at things that make our hockey club better going forward and if things present themselves that do that, we’ll take a strong look at it. But I think it just shows today that this is not an indication that we’re going to be sellers. This is an indication that we’re going to be active and listen to everybody.”