The Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes got the trade-watch seagulls perked up today as they completed a swap of minor-league players. The Stars picked up goalie Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Coyotes’ development system in exchange for older prospects Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock.
As to why the Stars might have made this move, Peters has NHL experience that would allow him to serve as a short-term backup should either Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi get injured or be otherwise unavailable. That’s very important because the goaltending at the minor-league level in the Stars system has been spotty at best. All three goalies - Maxime Lagace, Landow Bow and Phillipe Desrosiers - boast GAAs above three and save percentages below 0.900.
Peters’ performance this season isn’t really much better, but he has stronger career numbers that may perform better outside of the Arizona system. It also really complicates things in AHL and ECHL goalie hierarchy, and you can read about that at 100 Degree Hockey.
Justin Hache, a seventh-round pick from 2014, has bounced between the ECHL and AHL this season with numbers that indicate more of a defensive-defenseman style.
In turn, the Stars sent back Brendan Ranford, a seventh-round pick from 2010 who has settled into a solid AHL player, with 17 points in 36 games this season. He played one game for the NHL club but is far down the depth chart in terms of people who might be NHL forwards for the long-haul.
Troock, a fifth-round pick from 2012, has also bounced between the AHL and ECHL this season.
Here is the official release from the team:
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock.
Peters, 30, has split the 2016-17 season between Arizona and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League (AHL). The goaltender appeared in three NHL games with Arizona, posting a 0-1-0 record with a 3.16 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Peters also logged a 5-6-0 record with a 4.17 GAA and a .868 SV% in 12 AHL appearances with Tuscon.
Peters has posted a 3.08 GAA and a .901 SV% with three shutouts in 83 career NHL games with Carolina, Washington and Arizona. The netminder has also appeared in 270 career AHL games, posting a 2.81 GAA, a .906 SV% and 15 shutouts with Albany, Charlotte, Hershey and Tucson.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Blyth, Ont. was originally selected by Carolina in the second round (38th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.
Hache, 23, has split the 2016-17 campaign between Tucson (AHL) and the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. The defenseman recorded one assist (0-1=1) in five AHL contests with Tucson and has earned nine points (2-7=9) in 21 contests with Rapid City. Hache (HAH-shay) has registered 21 points (2-19=21) in 138 career AHL contests with Portland, Springfield and Tucson.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Bathurst, N. B. was originally selected by Arizona in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Ranford, 24, has recorded 17 points (6-11=17) in 36 games this season with Texas (AHL). The forward has posted 160 points (55-105=160) in 250 career AHL games, all as a member of the Texas Stars. Ranford also appeared in one NHL contest with Dallas.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Edmonton, Alta. was originally selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Troock, 22, has split the season between Texas (AHL) and the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The forward has registered four points (0-4=4) in 10 AHL contests with Texas this season. He has also earned nine points (7-2=9) in 15 ECHL games with Idaho. Troock has recorded 30 points (9-21=30) in 98 career AHL contests all as a member of the Texas Stars.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Edmonton, Alta. was originally selected by Dallas in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.