Jonathan Cheechoo had to know that if he was going to make the Dallas Stars, he was going to need to make a splash early in camp. He didn't and as such the Dallas Stars released him from his NHL tryout as the Stars moved a total of 18 players this morning.
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone in the league that has a bad thing to say about Cheechoo and he had plenty of hockey fans pulling for him, and while the work ethic was there, the skill level wasn't and the Stars can ill afford to wait for players like Cheechoo to find their game.
The rest of the roster moves made this morning were all pretty much expected as Texas Stars training camp will open on Tuesday. The list of players going to Austin is as follows:
G - Richard Bachman & Tyler Beskorowany
D - Jordie Benn, Trevor Ludwig & Guillaume Monast
RW - Sean Backman, Raymond Sawada, Colton Sceviour & Matt Tassone
LW - Luke Gazdic, Scott McCulloch & Michael Neal
C - Tristan King, Greg Rallo, Ondrej Roman & Mathieu Tousignant
As well, defenseman Jace Coyle was sent to his junior team in Medicine Hat.
33 players remain on the Stars roster as the team prepares for a Tuesday pre-season game against the Colorado Avalanche.