Vause, Button and Labrie assigned to Idaho

The Texas Stars have assigned Taylor Vause, Ryan Button and Hubert Labrie to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

It’s an interesting move that Vause is headed down to Idaho and not Brendan Ranford. Vause played in both games last week and looked pretty good, while Ranford was a healthy scratch in both games. Both had been signed to standard AHL contracts last week by the Texas Stars.

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that forward Taylor Vause and defensemen Ryan Button and Hubert Labrie have been assigned to the Idaho Steelheads, the team’s ECHL affiliate. Button and Labrie were officially reassigned by Dallas, while Vause, who signed an AHL contract last week, was loaned by Texas to Idaho.

Button, 22, was acquired by Dallas on July 4, 2013 in a seven-player trade with the Boston Bruins, along with Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith. The Edmonton, Alberta native is in his third pro season and has played in 95 career pro games, including 60 in the AHL for the Providence Bruins where he had three assists and 33 penalty minutes. Button attended training camp with Dallas and Texas, but has yet to play an AHL game for the Stars.

Labrie, 22, is in his third pro season after being signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent to a three-year entry-level contract on September 18, 2009. The Victoriaville, Quebec native has played in 90 career pro games, including 60 AHL games for the Stars, with six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and 63 penalty minutes. Labrie attended training camp with Dallas and Texas, but has yet to play an AHL game for the Stars.

Vause, 22, is in his second full pro season and has played in 62 career AHL games and has 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) and six penalty minutes, all with the Stars. The Calgary, Alberta native attended Texas’ training camp on a tryout and made the Stars opening night roster after signing a PTO on October 2nd. Vause skated in the first two games of the 2013-14 season and then signed an AHL contract with Texas on October 10th.

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