CEDAR PARK — Just like the rest of the Texas Stars, Kevin Henderson’s paycheck is directly deposited into his bank account. But unlike the payments to his teammates, Henderson’s check doesn’t come from the Dallas Stars.
He gets a reminder of that fact every time he checks his mailbox in the Texas Stars locker room.
“They’ll hold onto a couple (of pay stubs) then they’ll send me one big thing for a couple weeks, and it all says ‘Nashville Predators,” said Henderson, a 28-year-old left wing. “Everyone’s mailbox says, ‘Dallas Stars’ (on their pay stubs) and then I reach in and grab a Nashville one … looking around the league, I got to be one of the only people in this situation.”
His situation will be even stranger this weekend, when Nashville will be paying Henderson to play against its AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, in games Friday and Saturday at Cedar Park Center.
“I would love to beat them,” Henderson said. “I’m actually getting paid to play the team I was supposed to play for — think about that.”
Henderson joined Texas about this time last season. In a de facto AHL trade, Nashville assigned Henderson to Texas while Dallas reassigned Francis Wathier to Milwaukee.
That was the simplest part of the deal.
While Wathier became a free agent after the 2013-14 season and has since joined the Portland Pirates, Henderson still had a year left on his two-year contract with Nashville. He could have returned to Milwaukee and attended Nashville’s NHL training camp, but after winning the Calder Cup with Texas, Henderson decided to return to Central Texas.