The Dallas Stars announced today that they've agreed to terms with right wing Raymond Sawada on a one-year, two-way contract. Sawada is perhaps best known by Stars fans for being the unfortunate recipient of an illegal check to the head in that fateful February game in Boston that saw so many Dallas players injured. He would spend a month at the NHL recuperating his shoulder afterwards.
It's probably safe to say that the 2004 draft pick, now 26 years old, is not in the long term NHL level plans for the Stars but he's turned into a savvy veteran at the AHL level and a solid playoff performer. Should Dallas experience similar injury decimation next season (knock on wood) he can be recalled to provide some solid depth.
He has one NHL career point: a goal he scored in the 2008-2009 season.
Here's the release from the Stars...
The 6-2, 207-pound right wing from Richmond, B.C., appeared in 57 games last season for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL), posting career-highs in goals (11), assists (18) and points (29), with 91 penalty minutes. During the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, Sawada appeared in six games, leading the team in assists with five and ranking second in points with six.
Sawada, 26, who appeared in one NHL game last season with Dallas, missed nine games during the 2010-11 season from Feb. 5 - Feb. 24 with a shoulder injury suffered against the Boston Bruins on Feb. 3.
Dallas' second round selection (52nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Sawada scored eight goals and 19 points with 92 penalty minutes with Texas during the 2009-10 campaign, helping the club reach the Calder Cup Finals. He skated in every playoff game for the club and collected eight points (3g, 5a) with 20 penalty minutes.
Prior to his professional career, Sawada played four seasons at Cornell University, scoring 76 points (31g, 45a) with 131 penalty minutes in 137 career games.
The Texas Stars also announced the addition of assistant coach Jeff Truitt yesterday. Read more on that here at Hundred Degree Hockey.