Pierre Lebrun of ESPN got the Dallas Stars rumor mill working overtime last week when he suggested the Stars were listening to offers for Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro.
Now, after the Stars have gone on a three-game winning streak to move into the thick of the playoff race, LeBrun thinks its unlikely either will be moved.
There is, however, one thing he thinks could tempt them to part with either player.
The Dallas Stars keep winning and the playoffs look more real than ever, so it’s hard to imagine they’ll be too eager to move Mike Ribeiro or Steve Ott, two players other NHL sources told ESPN.com earlier this week were in play for the right price.
Unless, of course, the Stars can entice the Philadelphia Flyers when it comes to young winger James van Riemsdyk. As I reported earlier this week, my understanding is that the Stars really covet JVR and will continue to pursue him. No question, he’d be a terrific long-term fit alongside Jamie Benn.
He also has some thoughts on the idea of the Stars trading Sheldon Souray.
After the jump, looking ahead today's game against the Vancouver Canucks, the life of the Stars pro scouting department and so many games that had an impact on the playoff race it will make your head spin.
- One of the Stars who is extra keen to make the playoffs is goalie Kari Lehtonen, who didn't have that many opportunities to play in the post season with the Atlanta Thrashers. [DallasNews.com]
- The Stars put their three-game winning streak to a severe test today as they play host to the Vancouver Canucks. To say the Canucks owned Dallas last season would be far, far to kind to the Stars. [ESPN Dallas]
- One of the unsung group of front-office personnel is getting their chance to shine at the moment as the Stars pro scouting staff is on the hot seat at the deadline. [DallasStars.com]
- About a week ago, we covered the fact that the Stars actually haven't lost that many man games to injury this season. But the players who have had to sit out are fairly important pieces, and that makes it all the more impressive what they've done recently. [ProHockeyTalk]
- And speaking of injuries, here's an update on where the Stars are for today's game. As expected, no Jamie Benn, who might be ready for Wednesday. And Philip Larsen is probable despite blocking a shot with his head last game. [DallasNews.com]
- There were two moves on Saturday that appeared to be more about clearing cap space for other moves. The first was that the New York Rangers sent Wojtek Wolski to the Florida Panthers for Mike Vernace and a third-round pick. [Miami Herald]
- The second was that the Vancouver Canucks put Keith Ballard on long-term injured reserve with a concussion. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: After a slow start to the season, the Canucks are on a bit of a roll. But they're also in the midst of a very busy portion of the schedule and showed some issues with fatigue in their last game. [The Province]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: The Canucks used the shootout to snap the Detroit Red Wings home winning streak a few nights ago, and Jimmy Howard was none too pleased with how they celebrated. [Backhand Shelf]
- Around the Pacific Division, the winners: Well there was good news and bad news for Stars scoreboard watchers. The bad news is that almost all the teams below them in the standings picked up points, most notably the Los Angeles Kings who picked up a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks behind a Dustin Brown hat trick. And the Phoenix Coyotes continued their excellent play by moving into first place in the division with a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. [Los Angeles Times/NHL.com]
- Around the Pacific Division, the losers: The good news was that other than the Coyotes, the teams within striking distance above them lost, including the San Jose Sharks, who continued to struggle with a 6-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Other scoreboard watching: The Calgary Flames tried really hard to fit into that above pattern but couldn't hold on in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. And the Colorado Avalanche ended the Wings streak of points on home ice with a 4-3 win. [CBC.ca/Detroit Free Press]
- Wait, Zdeno Chara lost a fight? [Puck Daddy]
- No new Stars video from Saturday, so instead I bring you how not to make friends with the referees from Chris Simon and the KHL.