While the Dallas Cowboys regroup, and the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers try to rebuild, the Dallas Stars are right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff hunt. At the moment, the team occupies third place in the Central Division standings. Overall, Dallas is tied for the third most points in the Central Division. The club is also tied for the fifth most points of any team in a deep Western Conference. So, how does the front office add to a team that has a pretty good chance to compete come playoff time? The easiest answer would be to make a splash. New York Rangers forward Rick Nash ($8.2 million), Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green ($6 million) and even Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty ($5 million) are all reportedly available. By reeling in one of those big fish, general manager Jim Nill would further satiate a fan base that's hungry to see this core group of players fulfill the promise it showed in 2016. That year, Dallas finished with the most points in the Western Conference, only to be unceremoniously bounced by the St. Louis Blues (6-1) in Game 7 of the second round. The acquisition cost for those players and many other elite talents on the trading block would be extremely high, both in terms of the number of picks going out the door and the burden of the salaries that would be added to the payroll. At the moment, the organization seems to have the necessary prospects to wheel and deal. It's when the money enters the picture that things become more difficult.
Here's how the Dallas Stars should approach NHL trade deadline
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Feb 20