I spoke with Texas Stars general manager Scott White this afternoon about the state of the team after the NHL trade deadline brought an influx of players, including four new defensemen since Feb. 19. Currently the Texas Stars have 12 defensemen on the roster, enough to field two teams, and White told me that some more moves could be on the way.
“It’s not easy, we have too many defensemen. The AHL trade deadline isn’t until the 10th of April, so I suspect there’s potentially some movement that will happen within our group by then, just because it has to,” Texas general manager Scott White said. “It’s a difficult scenario, but our coaches know that we’ll work through it.”
The simple and most likely scenario will probably send Gord Baldwin to the ECHL affiliate Idaho Steelheads. The Steelheads are in the midst of the Kelly Cup playoffs and Baldwin is the only Texas defenseman eligible to be sent down during the ECHL playoffs. But, even after Baldwin is sent down juggling 11 players for six spots is a difficult proposition.
Of those 11 remaining defenseman, I’d guess Jamie Oleksiak, Jordie Benn, Maxime Fortunus, Mike Commodore, Cameron Gaunce, Joe Morrow, Tyler Sloan, Kevin Connauton, and Patrick Nemeth are not on the trading block. Some are simply too valuable to Dallas to warrant an AHL return (Oleksiak, Benn, Morrow, Sloan, Nemeth), recently acquired (Connauton, Gaunce and Commodore) or the captain (Fortunus).
That leaves William Wren and Carl Sneep as the two Stars defensemen most likely to be shipped out of Cedar Park. Wren was signed to a PTO on Feb. 19 and could easily be released when the 25-game deal expires after the regular-season finale on April 20 or sooner. Sneep was acquired via trade from Pittsburgh for a conditional 7th round pick back in January and could possibly be moved or assigned elsewhere.
Other Texas Stars (goalie) notes:
Jack Campbell was breaking in new pads today, they look pretty slick:
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 4, 2013
… Christopher Nilstorp is back and could make his first start back this weekend, probably against Hamilton or San Antonio (a team he’s owned this season).