Texas Stars solidify offensive depth by signing Greg Rallo and Derek Hulak

Derek Hulak has re-signed with the Texas Stars. (Photo by Christina Shapiro)

Derek Hulak has re-signed with the Texas Stars. (Photo by Christina Shapiro)

The Texas Stars have agreed to AHL contracts with forwards Greg Rallo and Derek Hulak, a source close to the team said, deals that solidify the team’s offensive depth for the 2015-16 season.

Rallo led Texas last season with 27 goals, and his 49 points — in 72 games — ranked fourth on the team. As a rookie, Hulak scored 21 goals and totaled 44 points last season.

“Overall, Texas was pretty happy with my year,” Hulak, 25, said at the end of the 2014-15 season. “Coming from where I was on the depth chart to where I finished, I was a little bit surprised … I was pretty fortunate that when there was an opening in the top-six (forwards), I was able to take advantage of it.”

The team is expected to formally announce the signings of Rallo and Hulak on Tuesday. Their signings will mean Texas’ top-five scorers from last season have been locked up for 2015-16. Travis Morin (63 points), Brendan Ranford (51), and Justin Dowling (50) have exisiting contracts with the Dallas Stars — Texas’ NHL parent club — but they are expected to play in the American Hockey League this season.

Greg Rallo could potentially wear the "C" for Texas next season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Greg Rallo could potentially wear the “C” for Texas next season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Rallo, who turns 34 before the start of the AHL season, could serve as Texas’ new captain after the team parted ways with Maxime Fortunus during the off-season.

Fortunus had been the Stars’ captain since the 2012-13 season. That title could be passed to Rallo, who was captain of the San Antonio Rampage during the 2013-14 season, or Morin, who wore the “C” for Texas when Fortunus was sidelined by injury last season.

The Texas Stars also are expected to announce the signing of defenseman Matt Mangene to a standard AHL contract for next season. Mangene appeared in 36 games for Texas last season, playing in a couple of those games as a forward when the team was hampered by injuries.

Texas continues to search for a backup goalie and a defenseman or two to replace veterans Derek Meech and Cameron Gaunce, who signed elsewhere this summer.

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