Neither the Pittsburgh Penguins nor the Dallas Stars made any trades this week, but a deal they struck before last season's deadline should still be the talk of the rink Wednesday night.
James Neal has blossomed into a star since Dallas sent him to the Penguins, but the surging Stars are hoping to spoil his initial return to Texas and claim a fifth straight victory.
Alex Goligoski hasn't exactly been a disappointment for Dallas (33-26-4), leading the team's defensemen with 26 points while averaging more ice time than any other Stars skater.
But Neal, traded with defenseman Matt Niskanen to Pittsburgh for Goligoski on Feb. 21, 2011, has posted career highs with 30 goals and 31 assists while providing a huge boost to a Penguins team that has lacked Sidney Crosby for most of the season.
He's already torched his former team once, scoring twice Nov. 11 in a 3-1 win in Pittsburgh - a game in which Goligoski broke his thumb.
After contributing just eight points in 27 games including p...