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February 22, 2012 | 10:39am ET
Stars' Ott, Ribeiro could move by deadline
TheFourthPeriod.com

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has his eye on the big picture and is looking to improve his team, which could push him to make a move or two over the next week that could surprise many, ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports.

Stars forwards Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro have heard their names in the rumor mill and speculation suggests that the club has received calls on both players and would consider moving them for the right deal.

"It obviously makes you a little nervous," Ott told ESPN.com. "I've been with the Stars since I was drafted. When your name gets mentioned in the rumors, it gets to you a little and you think about it. But truthfully, I do take it as a huge compliment. Obviously if there's playoff contending teams that think I'm a puzzle piece, I take that as a compliment. But I want to stay here. I want to be part of the solution. But I can only control what I can control."

Ott, who has two years left on his deal after this season which carries at $2.95 million cap hit but pays him $3.2 million in salary, could be shopped for his grit, while Ribeiro could be an interesting option for a Cup contender looking for a top-six impact player.

Ribeiro, who has a year left on his contract at $5 million, holds a limited no-trade clause allowing him to pick 10 teams he doesn't want to get dealt to, leaving 19 clubs for the Stars to move him to if they chose to do so.

"If I'm traded, I'm traded, not much I can do about it," Ribeiro said. "Obviously I'd like to be here with the Stars. I want to re-sign here and stay with Dallas for the rest of my career. But you can't control that. There's a few more days and we'll see after the 27th if I'm still here."

Although Ribeiro made a quick remark about welcoming a trade back to Montreal if the Stars were to move him, the Canadiens are allegedly not interested as they appear to look at selling more than buying.

Meanwhile, several teams might pass on the opportunity to acquire either player as some clubs would rather trade for a rental.

In 53 games with the Stars this season, Ribeiro has collected 13 goals and 29 assists for 42 points, while Ott has tallied nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points, and 115 penalty minutes in 54 contests.

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