Word from Dallas Stars practice and Marc Crawford is that Aaron Gagnon has been sent back down to the Texas Stars after a nice lengthy stay at the NHL level. He contributed to the 4th line primarily and while not particularly flashy or productive, he did provide the Stars with something they have greatly needed in the last four weeks: Competent NHL players and I think he's certainly showed himself to be that in a protected role at this level.
The Stars will have to make a determination on whether or not to keep the 24 year old in their organization this off-season.
Meanwhile the questions we've had all along (and I asked around the press box, getting no definitive responses from anyone) about his waiver status have been unceremoniously answered as he apparently does not have to pass through waivers. So some combination of IR situations meant his time with Dallas recently was under emergency conditions.
Tomas Vincour will stay with the club for the time being. He's been seeing some top three line minutes and in the case of last night, top six minutes with Jamie Benn. Stars fans have high hopes that Vincour can make the NHL roster out of camp next season as he's been very strong, though still looking for that first goal.
Adam Burish is very excited to get back into the lineup and there is a very good chance that will happen tomorrow night in Detroit. I saw Burish and Richards in the press box last night and both looked in very high spirits. Krys Barch is also very close to returning and should be back by the weekend.
Brad Richards will not accompany the Stars on the road, nor will Nicklas Grossman who is supposedly getting better but... not soon enough for our tastes. Get well, Grossy.
Unless they recall another defenseman they will continue to carry only six healthy players. Don't be surprised if they recall someone to bring on the road.