No deals for Stars as trade deadline passes

FRISCO -- The Dallas Stars were quiet as the NHL trade deadline passed at 2 p.m. Monday. The Stars made no trades on what was a pretty quiet deadline day around the NHL.

"No moves today," Nieuwendyk said. "It was an uneventful day league-wide it seemed. I think our plan has been consistent, we weren't going to do anything unless it made sense for now and the for the future going forward. Nothing in that regard really presented itself. I think it's made it challenging in the last few weeks with the way our team has performed, and that's a good thing. They've really stepped up and shown that they are really here for the fight. That's a good thing going forward."

The Stars have won four straight games and are in a playoff spot right now, one point out seventh place and only three points out of the Pacific Division lead.

Nieuwendyk said Jamie Benn, who has missed the last six games with a leg injury, is expected to practice Tuesday and could play Wednesday.

Captain Brenden Morrow, who has missed 13 straight games with neck/shoulder issues, could begin skating later in the week.