The Dallas Stars have made several moves today to trim their roster down to 40 players. Prior to the start of the season, the Stars will trim that number down further to the 23 players allowed on opening day rosters (21 skaters and 2 goaltenders).
This morning, defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk and Dustin Stevenson were placed on waivers. Assuming they clear (and both are likely to do so), these two are likely to be assigned to the Texas Stars in order to provide some veteran depth to the AHL team. Remember that players claimed off of waivers are required to be placed on NHL rosters immediately as we move through the last week before the season begins.
Brandon DeFazio was released from his professional tryout, which should make him free to sign in the AHL if he receives an offer. Goaltender Landon Bow, who is on an AHL-only contract with the Texas Stars, was released from his amateur tryout, as were Brandon Anselmini and Michael McMurtry.
Ludwig Bystrom, Philippe Desrosiers, Nick Ebert, Brendan Ranford, and Branden Troock were all loaned back to the Texas Stars.
Bystrom is behind prospects such as Julius Honka, Esa Lindell, and Mattias Backman on the depth chart of defensemen, as that trio is much closer to NHL-ready, so this move isn’t much of a surprise. Fellow defenseman Ebert had a strong camp and turned some heads, but the combination of the backlog at that position at the NHL level, the depth ahead of him that appear to be NHL ready, and the fact that Ebert is still just 22 years old, the Stars can afford to send him down to the AHL to continue polishing his all-around game.
Desrosiers is expected to compete for playing time with Bow and Maxime Lagace, who remains in training camp with the Dallas Stars, in Texas. Barring him leapfrogging one of those two, it is likely he ends up in Idaho (ECHL) this season in order to get big minutes towards his development.
Forwards Ranford and Troock were never really on the radar to make the Dallas Stars this season, and neither set themselves apart from other forwards vying for some of the open roster spots now that injuries have struck some of the NHL veterans.