It was Sunday afternoon, and the general manager of a contending team conceded that as of that moment, there were still just two sellers on the trade market. It was a little frustrating, but it hadn’t stopped conversations from happening all over the league.
“There’s a lot more talks now,” he said.
Then he offered a brief hint of optimism.
“Who knows? Something may happen tonight,” he said.
It was Dallas’ fifth loss in six February games, and dropped the Stars to eight points behind the Predators in the wild-card standings, and six behind the Los Angeles Kings, who are enjoying a bye week.
It was the kind of loss that if you were a general manager on the fence with your team regarding whether or not to sell, well, the fence just collapsed.