Posts tagged ‘Roster’

September 17, 2009

And We’re Off!

by Kristine

Pre-season is officially under way for the Dallas Stars. They’ve now played two games: a win over Tampa Bay, and a loss to Colorado. Tyler Beskorowany impressed in net for the second half of Wednesday’s game, and it was announced after that the Stars signed him to an entry-level three year contract. As expected, today he was sent to his OHL team, the Kingston Frontenacs. Tomas Vincour was the first forward to be sent down, to the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings. The Stars are starting to trim the roster back, one prospect at a time, which means the race for opening night is officially on.

The official release announcing Vincour and Besko’s reassignments can be found here, and game recaps can be found here for Tampa and here for Colorado.

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April 26, 2009

Lundqvist Not Returning

by Kristine

The Stars have so many free agents this summer that it’s no surprise that news is already starting to roll in about who’s staying and who isn’t. First out of the gate is Joel Lundqvist, who told a Swedish media outlet today that the Stars have already told him they will not be offering him a contract. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July. I don’t think this surprises anyone. The writing was on the wall – or should I say, on Brian Sutherby’s contract. With Sudsy in, it was pretty obvious there wasn’t room for Lundqvist. I felt like he spent all season trying to play catch-up after his injury, and he never quite made it. Mark at Andrew’s Stars Page points out that he had only six points in 43 games. Hopefully another team will see his potential and offer him a contract. Another option would be for him to play in Sweden.

Mark’s report is here, and features a link to the originial Swedish article.

March 9, 2009

Sutherby Signed

by Kristine

The Stars announced today that they have signed Brian Sutherby to a two-year contract extention worth a total of $1.625 million.

The news is bitter sweet as everyone agrees that this likely means Joel Lundqvist will be out of a job when he hits unrestricted  free agency this summer. My question is, does Sutherby bring more to the lineup than Lundqvist? As much as I like Lundy – and I do – I feel like the answer to that is “yes.” Somebody made the point that while Lundqvist looks good only with Eriksson and Richards this season, Sutherby is like “spackle” and fits in with almost anyone. To me, that’s what it comes down to. The more guys you have who can find chemistry easily, the more line combinations you have and the more depth you have.

The official release is here.

March 6, 2009

Wilson Activated

by Kristine

The Stars announced this afternoon that Landon Wilson has been activated from injured reserve. No news yet on if he’s still day to day or if he’s ready to get back into the line-up.

The official release is here.

March 3, 2009

Sean Avery is a Ranger Again

by Kristine

Andrews, Heika, and TSN all report that the Rangers have claimed Avery on re-entry waivers. Congratulations, NYR. Now he’s your mess and we can wash our hands of him for good.

February 24, 2009

Petersen Out, Stephan Back

by Kristine

The Stars announced this morning that Toby Petersen’s lower body injury is a broken bone in his foot, and he will be out for at least a month. Fantastic! Have you seen our roster lately? Four forwards on IR. If there’s ever been a season for rookies and call-ups to show what they’re worth, it’s been this one.

The Stars have also recalled Tobias Stephan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he went 4-0-1 in his time there. Brent Krahn has yet to be sent down, but I’m guessing that will come later today.

The official relase is here.

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 Jobing.com 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!