The Dallas Stars have picked up Mattias Norstrom and Jim Vandermeer to bulk up their defensive core. Associated Press April 7, 2007 8:33:00 AM Dallas, Texas. (AP) - The Dallas Stars have announced that they have acquired veteran defenceman Mattias Norstrom and Jim Vandermeer in separate deals early this morning. It appears that the Dallas Stars aren't going to go away quietly this year in their playoff push. They have acquired defensive stalwart Matias Norstrom from the Columbus Blue Jackets this morning for giant prospect Brian Boyle. A few minutes later they shipped off Garnett Exelby and Colorado's 2nd round pick this year for young defenceman Jim Vandermeer of the Nashville Predators. Dallas GM, Laurens Thie had the following comments. "We've had some problems in our back end this year and we need to get more defensive minded, espcially in the playoffs. We need to give Kipper more support back there and the acquisition of these two defensive minded defenceman will hopefully give us that. The price we paid for Norstrom is a high one on paper. It's not too often that a 6 foot 7 monster like Boyle comes into your organization and shows the potential to play on your top forward and defensive lines. The problem is that he can't help us out this year and making the playoffs is way too important for us this year considering the embarrasment of a season we had last year. I made this move because we've got young guys like Horcoff, Parise, Roy and Toews all in our organization that will ensure that we have the center depth for many years to come. We could afford to move Boyle due to our organization depth down the middle. I hated to pull the trigger, but when you can get a guy like Norstrom to help solidify our defensive core...you have to do it." Watch out western conference...here come the Stars.