Brad Richards is a keeper for Stars

GM Nieuwendyk played it smart by holding onto his All-Star center for a playoff push

Updated: March 1, 2011, 1:21 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk took the smart approach in not dealing Brad Richards at the trade deadline Monday.

"I think in my mind I wasn't going to move him unless someone really knocked our socks off with something we couldn't refuse," Nieuwendyk said.

That offer never came. Nieuwendyk didn't need to get something for Richards, even though the All-Star center becomes a free agent in July and might not return to Dallas after this season.

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