Dallas Stars Recall Antoine Roussel From Texas

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After two games in the AHL, the agitating fourth-line forward is back in Dallas.

Antoine Roussel didn't even get a chance to go back to Austin.

The agitating forward was recalled by the Dallas Stars on Monday morning only days after being sent down from the big-league roster.

Roussel played in both games of the Texas Stars weekend roadtrip in Canada, joining the club for a 2-1 loss to Hamilton and a 3-2 win over Toronto. He had four penalty minutes, two shots and a minus-1 rating in the pair of games.

The penalty minutes were a problem for Roussel in Dallas. As a fourth-line agitator/energy player, he generally walks a fine line on roughing and late hits, but he'd taken a few too many silly penalties in Dallas in his five-game stint. That was capped off by an unsportsmanlike for snowing the goalie in Friday's victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

That said, he scored a very nice goal in his NHL debut and brought some good energy to the line that included Vernon Fiddler and Eric Nystrom.

Official release is below...

FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that forward Antoine Roussel has been recalled from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Roussel, 23, ranks eighth in scoring with 19 points (8G-11A) for Texas this season and leads the team with 107 penalty minutes in 43 games. On Feb. 1, Roussel made his NHL debut against the Phoenix Coyotes, where he earned his first career NHL goal on his first shot. In his five NHL appearances, Roussel has one goal and seven shots with six penalty minutes. The Roubaix, France native is the eighth French-born player to skate in an NHL game, and is one of five Dallas Stars since 2006 to score a goal in his first NHL contest. Roussel went undrafted and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 2, 2012.

The Dallas Stars are currently on a three-game winning streak and faceoff against the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb. 12) at 8:30 pm CT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).

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