Stars release Jonathan Cheechoo

The Dallas Stars announced a series of roster moves today and among them was the release of forward Jonathan Cheechoo from his tryout with the club.

Cheechoo, the former 50-goal scorer, had some good opportunities with the Stars, playing on a line with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro to start camp and then getting a look on a line with James Neal and Brad Richards during a preseason game.

"He's a good player, he's played well but you've got to be better than the people that we've got in the top positions," said Stars coach Marc Crawford. "No disrespect, but our guys in the top positions said to us that no one is taking our spot. You really have to outplay somebody. It's unfortunate, but that's where it is.

"Jonathan is a good pro and is a real honest person. He gave us great effort and we could have very easily kept him, but we felt it would be better to let him try to find something else."

Cheechoo played in two preseason games for Dallas, registering no points, four shots on goal and a minus-two rating. He was one of 18 players trimmed for the Dallas roster on Sunday.