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Stars better off remaining patient

Club must focus on long-term future and avoid the temptation of the quick fix

Updated: February 9, 2012, 1:42 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The smartest thing Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk can do the next few weeks is resist the temptation to let the standings be his guide.

The trade deadline is less than three weeks away, and the Stars are one of a gaggle of teams vying for one of the final playoff spots. One night they look like they're capable of getting there, behind strong goaltending from Kari Lehtonen and just enough key plays at the right moments, but the next night they can't score a big goal or finish ...

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