Monday, February 28, 2011
Stars stand pat; Richards could play Friday
By Mark Stepneski
The NHL trade deadline came and went Monday and the Dallas Stars made no moves and center Brad Richards, the center of much speculation leading up to the deadline, remained a Dallas Star.
"Nothing happened today and I am good with that," Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said. "I look at our team and we've played well lately and we're going to add Brad and Nick Grossman. We're pleased."
Nieuwendyk's stance on trading after the deadline was the same one he took before it - he wasn't going to move Richards unless someone came along with a great offer.
"In my my mind I wasn't going to move him unless someone really knocked our socks off with something we couldn't refuse," he said. "We've always said all along that we wanted to sign Brad and we still feel that way. We want to sign Brad Richards to be a Dallas Star for a long period of time."
Nieuwendyk said Richards, who missed the last six games with concussion-like symptoms, could return as soon Friday.
Grossman, who has missed six games with a hip injury, probably won't be ready to play by Friday, but Nieuwendyk said he could play during the upcoming road trip.
"I get a kick out of watching all the media in Toronto saying, 'Who could use Brad Richards?' You know, our team could use him too. We're sitting in a playoff spot today. It's not like we're sellers."
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk