With the combination of a long holiday weekend, my boss celebrating the birth of his first child, and moving from an apartment to a house, this blog didn’t get updated after some big events surrounding the Dallas and Texas Stars.
The first big move took place on the Fourth of July when Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow were shipped off to Boston in a seven-player deal with Boston — the main piece of the package coming back to Dallas being Tyler Seguin. Then Dallas signed Chris Mueller, the former Milwaukee Admirals captain, to a 1-year, two-way contract.
Matt Fraser — one of the Texas Stars better offensive weapons. Fraser led the AHL in power play goals last season and in the press box we affectionately joked about him giving away more free Pluckers Wings than any manager.
Joe Morrow — Oh Joe Morrow, we hardly knew thee. Morrow arrived in a trade from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline and never had a chance to show his full potential at the Cedar Park Center. His departure caught him by surprise — he has three guitars he still in Cedar Park he was leaving with a friend during the off season.
Reilly Smith — Smith may have been in Dallas this season, but now the former Miami University RedHawk will be attempting to crack the NHL roster in Boston.
Richard Bachman — The back-up in Dallas last season, Bachman signed a two-way deal with the Edmonton Oilers. He could visit the Cedar Park Center often as a member of the Oklahoma City Barons.
Headed to the CPC:
Ryan Button — One of the few AHL pieces head to Dallas in the Seguin trade, Button is a former third-round pick in 2009 and has been an AHL/ECHL tweener the past two seasons.
Chris Mueller — The former captain of the Milwaukee Admirals, Mueller was signed by Dallas to provide center depth. He’ll likely spend the season in the AHL or make the NHL roster out of camp, either way it’s a positive move for the Texas Stars.