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Stars not being honest about how weak their team is

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Derek Zona: "This is why Joe Nieuwendyk must trade Brad Richards." And he's exactly right. If Dallas makes the playoffs - and it's hardly a sure thing - they'd be either the weakest seed in the West or the second-weakest after Anaheim. That's hardly the stuff of playoff success. A real franchise would take one look at their declining fortunes and build for the future. (See the 2008 Oakland Athletics and the Rich Harden trade.) Will Dallas?