The Dallas Stars announced this morning that Fabian Brunnstrom has officially been assigned to the Texas Stars of the AHL. To fill the vacant roster spot, the Stars have recalled Aaron Gagnon who has carried over his fantastic training camp into the regular season with Texas.
According to Mike Heika, the Stars are listing Jamie Benn as "doubtful" for Monday's game in Tampa Bay. While Benn says he feels good and ready to go, the Stars aren't going to take any chances with a concussion and he won't play in a game until he has been at 100% for more than just a day. As such, it's very likely that Gagnon plays on Monday and likely takes Krys Barch's spot in the lineup.
It will be interesting to see where Crawford puts Gagnon and if he puts him back in Jamie Benn's spot on the third line. That would reunite the fourth line of Sutherby, Petersen and Segal and replace the playmaking ability that's been lost with Benn out of the lineup.
With Benn out, the Stars have used Steve Ott and Tom Wandell as center on the third line but it's been obvious that the line just hasn't had the same punch without Benn. Watching the game in person yesterday, it was also painfully obvious that Wandell is still recovering from his knee injury from last season and has yet to regain the burst he had on the third line in the past.
If Gagnon does fill in as center on the third line, that returns Ott and Wandell to the wings and puts them with a player who has similar playmaking abilities to Benn.
Of course, Crawford could go in a completely different route and this whole conversation is moot.
Full press release after the jump.
Frisco, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled center Aaron Gagnon and assigned left wing Fabian Brunnstrom to the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Gagnon, 24, has skated in two games for the Texas Stars so far this season, posting a goal and an assist. Last season he appeared in two games for Dallas, recording two shots. He led the Texas Stars in scoring with 58 points (27g, 31a) in 78 games last season. The 5-11, 186-pound center also ranked first on the club in plus/minus with a +19 rating. Gagnon helped Texas reach the Calder Cup Finals in the club's inaugural season in the AHL, tallying 12 points (8g, 4a).
In 2008-09 he played for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, collecting eight goals and 11 assists in 61 games. The Quesnel, British Columbia native was signed by Dallas as a free agent February 2, 2007.
Brunnstrom, 25, has not yet made his debut in 2010-11. He appeared in 44 games for Dallas last season, collecting 11 poings (2g, 9a). The 6-2, 212-pound left wing played in 55 games for the Stars in his first NHL season in 2008-09, recording 29 points (17g, 12a). The Jonstorp, Sweden native skated for Farjestads BK of the Swedish Elite League in 2007-08, notching nine goals and 28 assists in 54 games. He was signed as a free agent by Dallas on May 8, 2008.
The Dallas Stars will face the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday (6:30 pm, TV: Fox Sports Southwest, Radio: Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket).