Posts tagged ‘AHL’

September 30, 2009

Battle of the Stars!

by Chelsea

Dallas Stars played their new AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, in their new arena in Cedar Park tonight.

It was a fun game. The Dallas Stars looked energetic and alive, which was a welcomed sight after a very sluggish preseason (Crawford’s uptempo camp seemed to have worn them out). They beat Texas 5-1 after taking a lead in the first and never looking back. On the NHL side at least, it was a good precursor to the start of the regular season.

While the Texas Stars’ top line of Korostin-Lindgren-Sceviour scored their only goal, Dallas got much more well-rounded offense. Not only did the goal scorers (Petersen, Neal x2, Ribeiro, and Brunnstrom) represent all four lines, but defensemen like Mark Fistric and Jeff Woywitka also registered points.

Some notes:

  • The three stars of the game were (in order): James Neal, Marty Turco, and Alex Auld.
  • There were two sets of brothers playing. James Neal and Jamie Benn were dressed with the Dallas Stars, while their brothers Michael (younger) and Jordie (older) were playing with Texas.
  • The Texas Stars had no captain tonight. Dan Jancevski, Maxime Fortunus, and Francis Wathier all had the alternate’s ‘A’. Landon Wilson, who we suspect could be named captain, did not play.
  • SHR will be keeping up with the Texas Stars this season, and some of the other Stars prospects (such as Glennie, Beskorowany, and Larsen) as well!
February 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Raymond Sawada!

by Kristine

A very happy birthday to Raymond Sawada, whose is celebrating his 24th by being recalled from the Manitoba Moose (AHL). In the meantime, Chris Conner has been reassigned to the Peoria Rivermen (AHL).

I think this is a decision based purely on size. Sawada has it, Conner doesn’t. I remember liking Sawada in training camp. He’s a big guy who plays with a lot of energy and can be very physical (although he doesn’t use his size as much as he could, according to Defending Big D). He’s not much of a goal scorer or play maker, having only 18 points in 48 games. Against a team like Edmonton, though, you want a lineup who can bring intensity and Sawada has a chance to help with that.

The official release is here.

February 10, 2009

Sean Avery is Closer to Being a Ranger Again

by Kristine

As the Sean Avery Saga continues, Mike Heika and Andrew’s report that Avery has officially been assigned to the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, the Hartford Wolf Pack. This should surprise absolutely nobody who has been keeping even a guarded eye on this story. As soon as the news that Avery was almost done with his therapy hit the internet, and Dallas placed him on waivers almost immediately after his release from treatment, rumors began circling and predictions began popping up that the Wolf Pack would be the most likely place to find him in the following weeks. Avery clearing waivers on Monday added fuel to that fire, and today hockey journalists around the country were proven right. Is the next step the same one every thinks it is? Is a Ranger homecoming in the works for Sean Avery? It does seem that way.

The official release is here.

February 6, 2009

Stephan Sent Down

by Kristine

In the world of news that surprises nobody, the Stars assigned backup goalie Tobias Stephan to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) today, as expected. Also as predicted, goalie Brent Krahn has been recalled from the Chicago Wolves, but is not expected to be in net tonight against the Rangers.

To be honest, here at SHR we wonder how going from a goalie who is widely thought to be unproven even with seven NHL games under his belt to another goalie who is unproven with no NHL games in his history is going to help our netminder situation. We have a lot of questions about it. Will Tippett be more willing to play Krahn? If so, what does he see in Krahn that he didn’t see in Stephan? Why was Stephan really never given a chance? Will the Brass be keeping an eye on Stephan’s play in the AHL, with the intention of giving him another chance in the NHL later this season or next? Is this the precursor to a trade for some depth in net? As usual with the Stars Brass this season, this decision doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

On the one hand, I’d rather Stephan get some playing time than sit on the bench game after game. On the other, I’m annoyed that he wasn’t given that opportunity with the Stars. Why switch him out for yet another backup goalie who might not ever see NHL ice? For one, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News points out that Krahn is a veteran minor league goalie but that he also has fought a knee injury throughout his career. So does his veteran status make him more trustworthy than Stephan, at least in Tippett’s eyes?

Just to be fair to both goalies, let’s look at their AHL records. During his time with the Iowa Stars, Stephan posted a .910 sv% and a 2.65 GAA, going 27-25-2. Krahn has had a quiet season, playing eight games in the AHL and recording a .910 sv% and a 2.28 GAA for a 4-3-0 record. In his 14 games with the Quad City Flames last season, he put up a .905 sv% and a 2.49 GAA to go 6-6-2. Now, I’m no goaltending expert, but those numbers seem pretty evenly matched to me. So what gives Krahn the edge over Stephan?

No matter what that edge is, I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to find out how Tippett feels about actually using this backup. Heika writes, “Marty Turco is going to be tested during this run of three games in four days – and even if he takes the full two days off next week, he has a run of four games in six days with two road trips mixed in after this little test.” If there’s ever a time to give Turco a rest and test out this new backup, it’s about to be here. As with many of the Stars Brass’s decisions this season, it will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.

The official press release can be found here.

January 27, 2009

Game Day Update

by Kristine

Now that the excitement of the All-Star Game has died down, it’s back to business for the Stars. The biggest news of the day comes from Andrew’s, who reports that Fabian Brunnstrom will be playing a few games with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) and is expected back in the lineup this weekend at Columbus. Great news! Bunny brings a certain spark to games that we feel has been missing since he’s been out. It’s interesting that he’s being sent down for a few games when they were so adamant about not sending him down at the beginning of the season, but it will be good for him to get up to speed and get his game legs back before he returns at the NHL level. Not to mention he’ll be in good hands – the Moose are second in the entire AHL, behind only Washington’s farm team the Hershey Bears and down by only one point.

On to tonight. It’s a big game day if you look at the standings. A lot of the games involve teams we are currently battling with for that elusive 8th seed – not surprising when you consider almost the entire West is in the running for it. First up, Columbus takes on Detroit. It wouldn’t do us many favors for Detroit to win, because we play them Thursday. However, not only do we play the Blue Jackets this weekend, they’re also currently sitting one spot above us with 49 points. So they need to lose more than Detroit needs to lose. Next up, Minnesota hosts Toronto tonight. Obviously, the Leafs need to win this one. Minnesota is 9th in the West with 49 points. Later in the night, San Jose will be paying the Avalanche a visit. Even though the Sharks are in our division, we have no real hope of catching up to them; the Avalanche, however, are 12th with 47 points. The Stars, for the record, also have 47 points and have played two fewer games than the Avs, winning us the 11th spot in the West. While the Sharks and Avs fight it out, the Oilers will be taking on the Sabres. The Oil is another team battling for a playoff spot, only they’re fighting to keep theirs. They’re 6th in the West with 51 points, but 7th and 8th place Canucks and Ducks also have 51 points. A loss tonight would keep them within reach for the Stars. Finally, in the biggest lose-lose of the night, the Coyotes are hosting the Ducks at Arena. Both teams are in playoff seeds as it stands now. The Coyotes are 5th with 53 points and the Ducks are 8th with 51 points. If anything, it would be most beneficial to the Stars for the Coyotes to win as they are at least a little farther ahead already and thus a little harder to catch up to.

Now for the Big Ifs. If we win tonight, and if the Jackets and the Wild both lose, the Stars will be tied with them for 49 points. As we have fewer games than both of them, that would put us at 9th place, and one win out of the playoffs. Continuing hypothetically, if the teams that need to lose continue to lose, and the Stars beat Detroit on Thursday, we’ll have 51 points and fewer games than Edmonton, Vancouver, and Anaheim – landing us firmly in the 6th spot. So now that we know what needs to happen short-term for the Stars to claim their playoff seed, it’s time to tidy up your shrines and start making offerings to the hockey gods.  You can start by asking for a win tonight at the AAC. Go Stars!

November 3, 2008

Roster Moves: Official Release

by Kristine

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Mark Fistric and forward James Neal to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), and also that the team has assigned left wing Chris Conner back to the Peoria Rivermen (AHL) after completion of his emergency recall. Fistric has appeared in 11 games for Dallas this season, earning one assist with four penalty minutes. Neal has skated in 12 games for the Stars this year, scoring two goals and two assists. Conner appeared in one game for Dallas during his recall (Friday at Chicago), going scoreless.

With all the evaluation being done by the Stars brass at this point, it ought to be an interesting week.

October 8, 2008

News Round-Up

by Kristine

From TSN:

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ben Eager has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a match penalty during a game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

As a result, Eager will forfeit $9,677.43 with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Midway through the third period, Eager was assessed a match penalty for attempting to injure Sean Avery. At the time of the incident, Eager was on the players’ bench and swung his stick in the direction of Avery, who was on the ice.

Eager will miss the Blackhawks first three games and will be eligible to return on Oct. 15 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

From Andrew’s Star Page:

Doug Janik has apparently been taken off waivers by Chicago.

The Stars had only 19 players practicing today, but Chris Conner wasn’t one of them. He was in the building, so I assume he is probably going to get assigned to the AHL when all the dust gets settled later today.

Also goalie Brent Krahn was out on the ice again today. He is still awaiting medical clearance before he officially joins the organization.

From DMN’s Stars Blog:

Jere Lehtinen (groin) did not practice and didn’t even skate on his own. He’s still listed as day-to-day, but doesn’t appear to be day-to-day.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but all of this roster shuffling and cap wrangling has got me on the edge of my seat today. Also, interesting that Chicago has reclaimed Janik – it’s like we just borrowed him for a short little expirement –  and is Krahn replacing Stephan as a backup goalie? Nobody seems to know. Finally, hate on Avery all you want, but his chirping has already led to a match penalty and suspension for one of our rivals, and regular season hasn’t even started for us. No matter how you feel about him personally, at least he’s doing what we brought him here to do.

October 3, 2008

Goodbye, Goodbye

by Chelsea

The Stars have sent three more of their players back down to the minors, further cleaning up their roster.

The three are:

Defenseman Maxime Fortunus (AHL, Manitoba Moose)
RW Landon Wilson (AHL, Grand Rapids Griffins)
Goaltender Matt Climie (ECHL, Idaho Steelheads)

Matt Climie did pretty well in his preseason games with the Stars, but with Tobias Stephan the official backup for Marty Turco, there’s really no room in the roster for him. Maybe later, Climie?

Personally, I’m glad they finally sent down Fortunus. From what I saw in practice and in games, he was hesitant, timid, and had very little impact.

It’s nice to see the Stars polishing their final roster. My question is, how long until we find out about Neal, Conner, and Crombeen?