The Dallas Stars have assigned goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp to the Texas Stars, signaling that Kari Lehtonen is ready to play after missing three games with an injured groin. Nilstorp had been recalled on an emergency basis, backing up Richard Bachman, while Lehtonen rehabbed after injuring his groin early in last week's win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Richard Bachman has played very well in Lehtonen's stead, including during last night's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, so it will be interesting to see how the team responds with Lehtonen back in net. The Stars next face the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night as they face a tough uphill climb to the postseason.
In other, more interesting news, Mark Stepneski reports that the Dallas Stars are expected to assign Radek Faksa to the AHL this week. Faksa is expected to practice with the team and, based on how he looks, could play for the Texas Stars this season.
What's interesting about the news is that Faksa was born in January of 1994 and just turned 19; transfer rules between the AHL and the CHL state that a player drafted out of the CHL may not play under contract in the AHL unter their age 20 season. There is precedent for this, however.
In 2010, the Washington Capitals assigned Cody Eakin to the Hershey Bears on an ATO basis for the final four games of the regular season, as well as five games in the playoffs. Eakin was then back in the WHL the following season.
We're attempting to track down exactly what the plan is and what the official word on Faksa's eligibility is, and we'll update this post as we can.