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Fabian Brunnstrom and Maxime Fortunus Assigned to AHL

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The Dallas Stars have announced today that Fabian Brunnstrom and Maxime Fortunus have been assigned to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Brunnstrom has been sent down on a 'conditioning stint' and therefore was not required to clear waivers. He can only stay so long, and will rejoin the team in Montreal. This is what we've wanted for Brunnstrom pretty much all season, as he's struggled much more so than last season and has seen his minutes significantly reduced. He's been a scratch the past three games and was getting on the ice just over six minutes a game before that. He has just one goal and six assists this season in 23 games.

Full press release after the jump.

Frisco, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned left wing Fabian Brunnstrom to the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), for a conditioning assignment. He is scheduled to rejoin the Dallas Stars in Montreal when they face the Canadiens on January 14. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus has also been reassigned to Texas.

Brunnstrom, 24, has skated in 23 games for Dallas this season, collecting one goal and six assists. The 6-2, 212-pound left wing played in 55 games for the Stars in his first NHL season in 2008-09, recording 29 points (17g, 12a). The Jonstorp, Sweden native skated for Farjestads BK of the Swedish Elite League in 2007-08, notching nine goals and 28 assists in 54 games. He was signed as a free agent by Dallas on May 8, 2008.

Fortunus, 26, has skated in five games for Dallas, going scoreless with two penalty minutes. He was recalled from Texas on Dec. 18. Fortunus signed as a free agent with Dallas on July 3, 2008. He has appeared in 30 games for Texas, scoring five goals and four assists for nine points and 12 penalty minutes.

The Dallas Stars will face the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night (7:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Southwest, Radio: Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket).