Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said he's happy with his team and isn't looking to make a trade just for the sake of staying busy before the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 29.
"We're in a good spot," Nill told a gathering of Stars season ticket holders. "We don't have to do something. If there's something there we'll do it if it makes us better. But I'm not going to give up something for a short-term fix for a month and go from there. It's not worth it."
The Stars enter their game Tuesday at the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, TSN3, NHL.TV) one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference. The Blackhawks are off Tuesday.
Nill said he's happy with how a number of the Stars' prospects are progressing with Texas of the American Hockey League. Texas is second in the Pacific Division with a .614 points percentage.
"We've got four young defensemen, five or six young forwards," Nill said. "We've got three or four guys in the top-20 scoring (Travis Morin, Brendan Ranford, Jason Dickinson) and another guy who's out for the season in Devin Shore who was leading the league in scoring. When I talk about trades, when we got to make trades, that's who everyone wants and I'm not giving them up. That's too big a part of our future."
Nill also said he was hesitant to disrupt the chemistry in the locker room. He said he had lunch recently with captain Jamie Benn, who called the locker room the best one he's been in during his NHL career.
"These guys have battled all year," Nill said. "You bring somebody in, that means somebody else is sitting out. You have to be careful of that. If there's a hockey trade there, we're open to that. But we're excited where we're at."