Gaunce, who was a healthy scratch last game as Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar returned from injury, played in nine games with Dallas this season as he helped address the pile-up of injuries on the blue-line. He had no points and seven penalty minutes while finishing with a plus-1 rating.
The best part was that Gaunce, who spent most of his time playing alongside fellow rookie Kevin Connauton, did not look outmatched in the NHL. His possession numbers were great with the notable caveat that he played some extremely sheltered minutes. That's how it should be with young defensemen.
The implication of this move is that Aaron Rome should be ready to at least be a seventh defenseman for the back-to-back games that start today against the New Jersey Devils. Rome left last weekend's game against the Detroit Red Wings with an upper body injury and was listed as day-to-day.
If Rome is healthy enough to play, he would give the Stars seven healthy defensemen with Stephane Robidas still on injured reserve with a broken leg.
Here's the official release from the team:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL.
Gaunce, 23, has averaged 13:50 in time-on-ice per game in nine contests with the Stars this season. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound defenseman returns to Texas having skated in 28 games for the club, posting seven points (1-6=7) and 25 penalty minutes this season. Originally selected by Colorado in the second round (50th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Gaunce was acquired by Dallas via trade from Colorado in exchange for forward Tomas Vincour on April 2, 2013.