James Dolan sealed the Knicks' trade for Carmelo Anthony this week. When it comes to his hockey team, the Madison Square Garden chairman need not get involved in an attempt to land the impending free agent who has been rumored for a long time to want to come to New York.

The Stars have lost five straight games, falling out of a four-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference. While Dallas is expected to be active at Monday's trade deadline, the Daily News learned Wednesday that the Stars remain buyers, not sellers, so Brad Richards likely will stay put.

The 30-year-old Richards, a Stanley Cup winner on the John Tortorella-coached 2004 Lightning, has 24 goals and 39 assists this season, the last of his five-year, $39 million deal. The center, who has been out with concussion symptoms since getting hit in the jaw last Sunday, is expected to resume skating soon, but Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told the Dallas Morning News Wednesday that he does not expect Richards to play again before the trade deadline.