January 30, 2019 | 4:43pm ET
STARS WANT TO ADD SCORING
Jim Nill, GM
The Dallas Stars have already made two moves this month, acquiring veteran forward Andrew Cogliano and bringing back defenceman Jamie Oleksiak.
Now, it appears Stars GM Jim Nill is shifting his focus towards adding more offence to his roster.
In speaking to The Dallas Morning News, Nill admitted he wants to continue to add and if the right deal falls into place ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline, he’s willing to pull the trigger on another move.
“You’re always looking to add scoring,” Nill told the paper. “You’re always looking to add skill. If there’s something there that’s going to help us, and the acquisition cost is what we think is right, we’re going to do that.”
The Stars currently occupy the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference, sitting three points behind the Minnesota Wild for third in the Central Division with one game in hand. Secondary scoring has been an issue for this team going back to last season and it seems as though management is ready to bring in extra fire power up front to help out stars Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov.
“The message is ‘Guys, we’re getting better. Let’s keep getting better.’ If in three weeks, you and I are talking and the team, we’re in third place, that might chance the way I look at things,” Nill said.
One would assume the Stars are interested in adding either a forward with term left on his contract or a pending free agent, depending on the price tags.
The Stars have been linked to such forwards and pending UFAs as Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers, Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Ryan Dzingel of the Ottawa Senators, while they’ve also reported shown some level of interest in Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings.
All four players are also listed on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.