Dallas Stars keeping options open

Updated: February 24, 2011, 11:38 AM ET
ESPNDallas.com

With the NHL trade deadline looming, Brad Richards remains a hot commodity for the Dallas Stars.

"I've discussed it with some teams. All options are in play here," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk told the NHL Network on Wednesday. "It's certainly not my first choice. I've maintained all along that we'd like to keep Brad as a Dallas Star for a long period of time.

"There's a lot of uncertainty with our side as far as ownership that are a concern for them. But all options are open. It's certainly going to have to be a good type of deal in order to pry him away from us because we're sitting tied for eighth right now and have a lot of home games coming up in March."

The trade deadline is Monday.

Richards, who has has 24 goals and 39 assists this season, has missed the last four games with concussion-like symptoms.

The Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs all have been rumored as potential landing spots for Richards, depending if the forward would be willing to sign an extension. He also has a no-movement clause in his contract.

The Stars have lost five games in a row and are 1-8-1 in their last 10, falling from to first to last in the Pacific Division. They now find themselves fighting for their playoff lives in the Western Conference with 22 games remaining.

Mark Stepneski of ESPNDallas.com, and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com contributed to this story.

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