I would say that I had hoped this team had learned from the B.J. Crombeen snafu, except this front office was completely different back then.
In addition to assigning a number of players to the Texas Stars training camp the Dallas Stars have placed five players on waivers, including preseason standout Aaron Gagnon. Per Mike Heika of the DMN, here are the players placed on waivers:
I had assumed that Gagnon was not a player that had to go through waivers, yet because of his age and accrued seasons in the AHL he has to go through waivers if he is sent down to the AHL in training camp. According to Heika, the Stars are hoping that placing these players on waivers now will allow them to sneak through the waivers just fine, instead of waiting until just before or after training camp when Gagnon has obviously been the best young player on the team.
If a player is claimed by another team but is not placed on the NHL roster, then the Stars can reclaim them. More importantly, if a player makes it through waivers then he is exempt from the process for another 30 days or 10 NHL games.
It's a gamble to make, but if the Stars don't see a spot on the team for him right now then it's much better for Gagnon to go on waivers now than later. I know we all love Gagnon (me included) but the reality is the Stars are deep at center right now and it was going to be tough to force him on the roster -- even with someone like Fabian Brunnstrom still filling a position, somehow.
Let's just hope that this gamble pays off, because it's very obvious that Gagnon is on the verge of breaking out into being a legitimate NHL player.