The Dallas Stars made a series of roster moves before practice Wednesday as they continue a bit of a lineup shuffle that started last weekend.
Here's a summary of the transactions from the great Mike Heika:
There is a 14-day cap on conditioning assignments, so Kevin Connauton was going to be returning to Dallas some time in the next few days regardless. As per conditioning assignment rules, he'd also remained on the NHL roster the entire time, so the Stars did not need to clear a roster spot to add him.
So why try to send Lane MacDermid to the AHL then? Some of it is partially a playing time squeeze - the 24-year-old winger has only played in six games this season, the most recent one on Nov. 1. He has two assists and a fight in those games but doesn't show any real sign of cracking the roster on a regular basis. And with the recent pick up of utility forward Dustin Jeffrey off of waivers, MacDermid probably slipped further down the "likely game options" list.
The other potential reason for waiving MacDermid is the availability of veteran winger Ray Whitney. Whitney went on injured reserve a week and a half ago with a lower-body injury and has been practicing with the team the past few days, though he is still not sure of his status for Thursday's game against the New York Rangers. In order to activate Whitney, the Stars did need to clear a roster spot.
With the moves, assuming the MacDermid clears and is assigned to the Texas Stars, the team would be carrying 12 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies. That would leave room for Whitney's eventual activation.
The other option for a move to the AHL would be defenseman Aaron Rome, who cleared waivers on Oct. 25. Waivers last for 30 days, so he would be able to move back to the AHL without having to clear again until this weekend.
As far as the rest of practice, Erik Cole (and presumably his mustache) returned after a maintenance day Tuesday, but the Stars did lose one player early in the skate.
Erik Cole practicing today. Alex Chiasson left practice, not sure why. May have been hit in mouth with puck.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 20, 2013
Ow. Hopefully it's just stitches and a sore jaw and nothing more serious.
We'll find out if any team claimed MacDermid off waivers on Thursday.