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Mike Heika: Tobias Stephan to be assigned to the AHL

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Mike Heika of the DMN is reporting that Tobias Stephan will be assigned to the AHL and veteran net-minder Brent Krahn will be called up to the Dallas Stars to backup Marty Turco.

This move makes sense is a couple of ways:

  • It gives Stephan playing time. He has been on the ice just twice in the past two months as the Stars have fought their way back into the playoff hunt.
  • It gives the Stars a decent backup in case Turco starts to stumble. Krahn has a 2.28 GAA and a .914 Sv% in eight appearances for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Krahn is a career minor league goalie who has yet to play in his first NHL game, but his numbers over his career aren't that bad.
  • The Stars now have some time to evaluate and make a decision about what to do about the backup situation. If Stephan struggles in the minors then the Stars will most likely go after a veteran via trade. However, if he hits the ground running and plays well in the AHL then the Stars will most likely call him back up and know he can still do the job behind Turco.

What are your thoughts on this move? Is this a smart decision by the Stars?