Jussi Rynnas departure creates opportunity for Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell has a chance to play more games with Jussi Rynnas' departure (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Jack Campbell has a chance to play more games with Jussi Rynnas’ departure (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Jussi Rynnas is headed back to Europe.

The Dallas Stars placed the Finnish goalie on unconditional waivers Thursday, allowing him to sign with Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL.

Rynnas approached Dallas about looking at other leagues, and the Stars granted him permission before he landed a contract with the Russian club.

“It didn’t work in the NHL, and that was our goal with him,” Texas Stars general manager Scott White said. “He’s also not 24. He’s 28, has a family to think about and he’s moving closer to home (in the KHL).”

Rynnas had a 22-6-8 record in the AHL and a .920 save percentage, but he struggled in both NHL appearances with a .841 save percentage.

His departure opens an opportunity for Jack Campbell, who is a restricted free agent.

“We’ve been talking with him and that deal should be done soon enough,” White said. “It’s going to be a big year for Jack. It’s going to be an opportunity for him to seize more games … I know Jack is ready to put the hard work in.”

Dallas will likely acquire another goalie this summer to work with Campbell in Cedar Park.

White said right now the plan is for Philippe Desrosiers to play in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads.

“Right now, the plan is to send him to the ECHL-affiliate in Boise to play a lot of games,” White said. “With goalies especially, they need that (added playing time).”

Desrosiers just finished his junior career and was named the Canadian Hockey League goalie of the year.

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