The NHL's silly season is almost over, but like the last few years, the Dallas Stars seem to be sniffing around a few trade options.

Instead of continuing to load up the forward corps, no matter how fun it would be to score six goals every game, the Stars seem to be instead looking at the net, with general manager Jim Nill's team being linked to names like Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Trying to target a return may be the easy part. The harder one is trying to design the package of Stars players, prospects and picks it might take to get a player of his caliber in return.

The easy rule-outs are the players with clauses in their contracts. Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp have no movement clauses, while Jamie Benn has a no-trade. Tyler Seguin will have a no-trade in 2017-18 and 2018-19, but the chances of the Stars offering up Benn or Seguin in such a deal is roughly the same as Brett Hull coming out of retirement to torment Buffalo again.

On the defensive side of things, Johnny Oduya and the newly-signed Dan Hamhuis have no-trades, as does goalie Kari Lehtonen. And much like the Benn and Seguin caveat, there's essentially zero chance that John Klingberg would be in play, particularly because his contract is looking like one of Nill's masterstrokes.