Stars better off remaining patient

Richard Durrett has a column on how the Dallas Stars should approach matters with the NHL trade deadline less than three weeks away.

Here's an excerpt:

The smartest thing Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk can do the next few weeks is resist the temptation to let the standings be his guide.

The trade deadline is less than three weeks away, and the Stars are one of a gaggle of teams vying for one of the final playoff spots. One night they look like they're capable of getting there, behind strong goaltending from Kari Lehtonen and just enough key plays at the right moments, but the next night they can't score a big goal or finish off an opponent to get a win.

So it's safe to say more than halfway into the season that the Stars are an inconsistent team. They aren't good enough to compete for the Stanley Cup, but they haven't given up hopes of making the playoffs, either.

For a team in danger of missing the postseason party for a fourth consecutive season, it might sound odd to advocate even more patience. But that's what's needed now. Making a move or two to bolster this current edition only -- at the price of some young talent, for instance -- won't help create a big winning window of opportunity in the future.

You can read the full column here.