The past week
The Texas Stars went 2-1-0 over the past week to improve to improve to 23-14-4 on the season. The Stars currently rank fifth in the AHL’s West Division based on points and are fourth based on points percentage.
The Stars opened the week with a 4-2 win at Chicago Wednesday. Richard Bachman stopped 32 shots and Fabian Brunnstrom had two goals and one assist in his last game with Texas before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Colton Sceviour also scored for Texas.
On Friday, the Stars lost 3-1 at Rockford. Sceviour scored the lone goal for Texas and Bachman stopped 30 of 32 shots.
Philip Larsen scored his first AHL goal and Tyler Beskorowany stopped 33 shots as the Stars won 3-1 at Peoria Saturday night. Brandon Segal, assigned to the AHL earlier in the week, scored his first goal since joining Texas.
The week ahead
Tuesday January 18, vs. Grand Rapids
Friday January 21, at Houston
Saturday January 22, vs. Milwaukee
The Dallas Stars traded Texas forward Fabian Brunnstrom to the Toronto Maple Leafs for right wing Mikhail Stefanovich last week. Brunnstrom played 37 games with Texas this season, ranking fourth on the team with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists).
Brunnstrom, signed as a free agent out of Sweden in 2008, played 99 NHL games with Dallas, registering 19 goals and 21 assists, including 17 goals in his rookie NHL season in 2008-09.
Brunnstrom was on a one-way contract that paid him $675,000, so he was still collecting the same salary even though he was in the AHL. Moving him to Toronto helped the Stars offset some of the salary they took on when they acquired Jamie Langenbrunner from New Jersey last week.
“It’s a good trade for Toronto,” said Dallas Stars coach Marc Crawford. “They are one of the few teams that has an advantage – they have money. They are using that advantage to take a gamble on a guy that scored 17 goals in the league … They are gambling on a guy they think is going to be a player.
“That trade has allowed us to bring in Jamie Langenbrunner. That’s a now trade for us and for Toronto, Fabian continues developing and growing. We all liked Fabian here. We all felt he missed that step. If he gone the opposite way, if he had started in the American League he’d be in the NHL now.”
Stefanovich is currently playing in the Russia’s KHL.
Morin an All-Star
Forward Travis Morin, who leads Texas in scoring with 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) and is tied for the team lead with a plus-11 rating, will be a starter for the Western Conference at the AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA. The game will be played Monday January 31.
*1/17 D Guillaume Monast assigned from Texas to Idaho (ECHL)
*1/17 G Adrien LeMay recalled to Texas from Allen (CHL)
*1/13 RW Fabian Brunnstrom recalled by Dallas (NHL), traded to Toronto (NHL)
*1/13 D Philip Larsen assigned to Texas from Dallas (NHL)
*1/11 RW Brandon Segal assigned to Texas from Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are now 17-16-8 on the season. They are fourth in the ECHL’s Western Conference based on points and are in sixth place based on points percentage.
Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.
Texas Stars Statistics
2010-11 Texas Stars statistics. Asterisk (*) indicates Dallas Stars player.
Idaho Steelheads Statistics
2010-11 statistics for Dallas Stars players with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.