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February 9, 2012 | 12:30pm ET
Stars could move some players
TheFourthPeriod.com

As much as the Stars would like to improve their chances at making the playoffs this season, it appears as if they're willing to part with some players to build a stronger future.

According to ESPNDAllas.com, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk's first priority should be making the team better for next season and the ones after that.

Among those potentially available, forward Steve Ott and defenseman Nicklas Grossman could be the most likeliest of players to be dealt before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

While Ott is locked up for two more seasons, Grossman is scheduled to be become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"We have some good players, but we don't have enough depth," Stars owner Tom Gaglardi told ESPN. "Joe has started the process of building around a young group. We have to continue that plan and build that depth, especially with the top six forwards."

ESPN also suggests center Mike Ribeiro, who was shopped around last season, and defenseman Sheldon Souray could also be dangled as trade bait.

"There is patience required here," Nieuwendyk said. "It's frustrating because everyone wants to win a Stanley Cup. That's always the goal. But I'm encouraged by some of our prospects that are going to be turning pro. We have college players that are some of the tops in the country and other prospects that need a little more time. We have good young players here, so we have to focus on that and what makes our team better going forward."

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