The Dallas Stars announced this afternoon that they have signed center Toby Petersen and left wing Antoine Roussel to two-year, two-way deals.
Toby Petersen (33 years old) has spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Stars, appearing as a regular roster player until appearing in just 39 games last year behind fourth line regular like Tom Wandell, Tomas Vincour, Jake Dowell and Ryan Garbutt.
With an influx of youth expected (or hoped for) at the bottom of the Stars NHL lineup it's entirely possible that Toby Petersen will spend much of the season with the Texas Stars in Cedar Park, but will need to pass through waivers as an NHL veteran to get there if that's the route chosen.
Roussel, 22, spent last year with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL and racked up 177 penalty minutes in just 61 games, adding just 9 points and a -13 rating. He's a tough guy and a depth signing for the AHL club. This might be a good point to remember that the Stars bought out Eric Goddard last week. Roussel, born in France, went undrafted. He had a tryout with the Bruins a couple of seasons ago but has had little to do with the NHL from what I can see otherwise.
His presence will allow Francis Wathier and Luke Gazdic to focus their attentions elsewhere, rather than on the pugilistic arts.
Toby Petersen can be a good veteran presence on the Texas Stars, a squad that promises to be on the young side next season with the addition of new prospects coming from juniors and the NCAA. Fans in Cedar Park should enjoy Roussel and his willingness to drop the mitts. See Hockeyfights.com for more on that.
The full release is after the jump...
The release from the Stars...
Frisco, TX - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed center Toby Petersen and left wing Antoine Roussel each to two-year, two-way contracts through the 2013-14 season.
Petersen, 33, has spent five of his nine NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars and is coming off a 2011-12 season that saw him post five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and six penalty minutes in 39 games.
In 397 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Dallas, Petersen has posted 81 points (33 goals, 48 assists) and 50 penalty minutes. His career-best for points in a season is 15, set twice in 2009-10 with Dallas and 2006-07 with Edmonton. He has added a goal and two penalty minutes in 18 career NHL playoff games.
Originally drafted in the ninth round (No. 244 overall) by Pittsburgh, the Minneapolis native made his NHL debut with the Penguins on Dec. 5, 2000 at Ottawa. He scored his first NHL goal three games later, on Dec. 10, 2000 at Detroit.
During his time with the Iowa Stars (AHL) in 2007-08, was named the team's MVP after tallying 51 points (21-30-51) in 63 games. He also appeared in the 2008 AHL All-Star Game, winning the Fastest Skater skills competition.
Roussel, 22, spent the 2011-12 season with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, posting nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) and 177 penalty minutes, second-most on the club. He collected eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) and 88 PIM in 42 games with the Providence Bruins (AHL) in 2010-11.
The 6-foot-0, 194-pound left wing played for Chicoutimi in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2006-2010, recording 139 points (59 goals, 80 assists) and 417 penalty minutes in 252 games. In 20 QMJHL playoff games, he added 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) and 69 PIM.
A native of Roubaix, France, Roussel scored three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in seven games for France in the 2012 IIHF World Championships. He also won a bronze medal with France at the 2009 World Junior Championships (Division I).