Stars plug hole; trade just a start for Hawks

The Stars need a smart, responsible presence on the blue line to slow the bleeding that has caused them to struggle.

Updated: November 18, 2003, 2:10 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Strictly from a personnel point of view, the Dallas Stars made a strong move Monday by acquiring veteran defenseman Jon Klemm and a 2004 fourth-round draft pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Stephane Robidas and a 2004 second-round pick.

The Stars need a smart, responsible presence on the blue line to slow the bleeding that has caused them to drop from Western Conference regular season champions (109 points) with the best goals-against average a year ago (2.06) to 10th (16 points) and the 12th in GAA (2.78) in the conference.

"I'm a defensive defenseman, and I take a lot of pride in that," Klemm told The Dallas Morning News. "I'm not a flashy player, but I will do whatever I can do to keep their goals against down."

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