In an odd season, an odd trade deadline seems to make perfect sense.
The Stars "stood pat" at the NHL trade deadline Monday, and yet they hope they might have acquired three or four key players.
Dallas made a waiver claim on defenseman Sam Vatanen, who could be in the lineup Tuesday against Florida, and general manager Jim Nill said there is a chance that injured Stars players Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop could be playing in two weeks. That's pretty good news for a team that is trying very hard to grab the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division.
"We talk about the trade deadline and bringing in players -- we've talked all along that if we can get Seggy back, if we can get Rads (Alexander Radulov) back, if we can get Bish back … if you start adding those players, those are elite players and we have missed them," Nill said. "If you start getting those players back, those are as good of trade additions as you can have, and they're not costing us any assets."
The Stars have battled injuries all season and may have lost another player Sunday when Andrej Sekera left the game after getting hit on the foot with a hard shot. Sekera had an MRI on Monday and results weren't available, but the chance to add Vatanen was too tempting to pass up. The 29-year-old defensemen has had an up and down year with New Jersey, but he has a history of being a top four defensemen with the Devils and Ducks, and he joins a strong group of Finnish players in the Stars dressing room.