Hicks announces he has a buyer?
No, if that bit of news came down, we really would think the Stars were trying to play an April Fools joke on all of us.
Anyway, the Stars have been busy today having already recalled Matt Climie over Brent Krahn. And just a few moments ago, they announced that versatile center Tom Wandell has been re-signed to a two year extension worth $1.5 million. He was due to become an RFA this summer.
From the Stars press release:
"Tom Wandell is a good, young two-way player that has the potential to play various roles on our roster," said Nieuwendyk. "He is part of our young core that will be the future of the Dallas Stars. We were impressed with his development over the past few years in our system and we are now looking at him to become an integral part of our success in Dallas."
He'll get a bump in pay from the $560,000 he was making this season to $700,000 next season and $850,000 the following season. It's safe to say that judging by the minutes that Crow was giving him in late game situations, the club had already considered him an integral part to this team's core.
And his absence, especially on the defensive end, has been felt ever since he tore an ACL in Vancouver on January 21st.