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January 12, 2017 | 2:37pm ET
Stars face uncertainty with roster moves

The Dallas Stars remain in the hunt for a wild card spot, but it's unclear if management will look to buy or sell as the schedule approaches the March 1 trade deadline.

A lot can still happen between now and the trade deadline, which will affect the Stars and a number of other clubs' decisions.

The Stars are about $2.4 million under the salary cap, which gives them enough space to add a solid player or two prior to the deadline, based on pro-rated contracts.

It's possible, if the team falls out of the playoff race, Stars GM Jim Nill could look to sell some of his players, such as forwards Patrick Sharp, Jiri Hudler or Ales Hemsky, all of whom are in the final year of their respective contracts.

Hemsky is out of action recovering from surgery on a torn labral and is projected to return in March or April.

In response to a fan's question, Stars beat reporter Mike Heika indicated that the Stars have received plenty of interest in young defenseman Julius Honka, but it's unlikely the team moves him.

It's believed defensemen Patrick Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak are up for grabs, if the right deal is presented.


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