DALLAS -- The NHL trade deadline comes at 2 p.m. Dallas time on Wednesday. Will the Stars make another deal (or two) before that time?
I don't think so. General manager Joe Nieuwendyk is likely in listening mode. He'll see what other teams may be offering and if a deal that makes sense financially and allows him the ability to improve his team now and into the future (especially on defense), then he can make a deal. But he doesn't have to at this point.
The trade of Kari Lehtonen, waiving Alex Auld and signing Steve Ott are about the future. He has a goalie for the 2010-11 season and keeps Ott as a part of his core. Does Nieuwendyk have some pieces he could dangle? Sure. Mike Ribeiro comes to mind in that he could be tempting to some other teams. So could James Neal, though that's a young player that the Stars would prefer to keep.
The Stars played well just before the Olympic break. That team, for the most part, is still intact. Marty Turco is still in goal (with Lehtonen getting some time in this stretch too). The Stars have Brenden Morrow coming off a great Olympics, Ott with a new deal and a team that has some momentum. The goal remains to make the playoffs and the team believes that's possible.
"I think we could do a lot for ourselves with a big win tonight against a division team," Morrow said. "We’ve got 60 minutes on our mind tonight and hopefully that’s what everyone is focused on."
So are you OK if the Stars stand pat now or would you make another deal?