When it comes to roster overhauls, few NHL executives, if any, were busier than Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill last summer. Goaltender Ben Bishop, defenseman Marc Methot, forwards Alexander Radulov, Martin Hanzal and coach Ken Hitchcock each was brought in prior to this season, adding some much-needed talent and experience on the ice and behind the bench. In Nill's mind, getting so much work done seven months ago has put him in a position of strength as the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline quickly approaches. According to multiple reports, the Stars have inquired about forward Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, an unrestricted free agent come July 1. But Nill also understands the glut of buyers looking to add at the deadline makes this a sellers' market, resulting in some inflated asking prices the past few weeks. Nill would like to make moves, but is comfortable at standing pat if the requested returns remain too lofty. "Things are going to happen around the League as the days wind down to the deadline," Nill said. It's just that the prices -- at least to me -- are still very high. "From our point of view, I'm not actively looking, so it's kind of a moot point to me. I'm not giving up a high draft pick or a top prospect for a rental. I'm just not doing that. I like where our team is at, and I'm not at the stage where we're going to do that. "Now things might change as the deadline gets closer. But I still think the prices are pretty high. I think most GMs think the prices are too high. But it seems like every year someone seems to pay it. That's just the business. That's just the way it is."
Stars GM won't overpay for quick fix at Trade Deadline
NHL.com | Feb 21