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The trades involving Jordan Leopold and Sergei Gonchar last week kicked off another flurry of moves involving defensemen as teams reach the quarter-way mark. The most active team has been the Dallas Stars - after trading Gonchar to Montreal, the team acquired Jason Demers and a third-round pick in 2016 for Brenden Dillon.
It's not the type of trade that will suddenly push the Stars into playoff contention (the team is currently sixth in the Central), but it certainly signals a change in philosophy. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, not to mention a product of the rugged WHL, Dillon is physical defenseman who has second-pairing potential. Over the past two years the 24-year-old has been a mainstay on the Dallas blue line, including a very solid rookie campaign during the lockout-shortened season in 2012-13. However, Dillon's departure means that the Stars will be switching to an up-tempo mobile defense, de
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