The Dallas Stars have announced a number of roster moves today as the Texas Stars gear up for their start to training camp, which kicks off tomorrow. We expected these moves to come today after a number of players cleared waivers over the weekend, setting the Stars up to start trimming the roster as they get ready for the start of the regular season.
Of the players that cleared waivers, however, only Brad Lukowich has been assigned to the Texas Stars so far. Here is the full list:
D Jace Coyle
D Hubert Labrie
D Brad Lukowich
F Ondrej Roman
F Mathieu Tousignant
Additionally, Stephen Schultz was released from his professional tryout with the Stars.
Lukowich has been a veteran rock on the blueline for the Texas Stars and continues to be an incredibly important part of this organization, as he helps mentor young defensemen on their way to the NHL. He also provides some veteran depth in the system should he be required again, such as at the end of last season.
Both Coyle and Labrie showed some great potential this summer and have joined the ranks of the exciting young group of defensemen the Stars are building. Both will get valuable minutes and playing time in the AHL as they play their first professional hockey games after leaving the juniors last season.
For now, the Stars have 39 players on the roster and coach Gulutzan has said that as they start to play these final three or four games they're going to work as closely as they can down to the actual NHL roster, so that chemistry can be built. There's still some intriguing decisions to be made, especially between Eric Godard, Tomas Vincour and Matt Fraser.