Lagace wins AHL job with Texas Stars as Desrosiers is sent to Idaho

Maxime Lagace makes a save during warmups before Texas' preseason game with San Antonio on Friday. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Maxime Lagace makes a save during warmups before Texas’ preseason game with San Antonio on Friday. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Maxime Lagace has beaten out Phil Desrosiers for the second goalie spot on the Texas Stars opening night roster.

Texas announced Tuesday that Desrosiers has been sent to the ECHL-affiliate Idaho Steelheads, which means Lagace or John Muse will start AHL opening night against the San Antonio Rampage.

Lagace has been the Stars most impressive goalie in training camp and he had the best showing of the three in a pair of preseason games.

“He’s done everything we asked,” Texas Stars general manager Scott White said. “He had a tough year last year as a player, and to his credit he learned from that. Now he has a chance top play some games here.”

It will be interesting to track how Texas handles the goalie situation as the season progresses, especially with Jack Campbell expected to return in three to six weeks.

Brandon Magee was also sent down to Idaho. He’ll likely be one of the first call-ups in case of an injury in Texas.

“He’s a good player, and we know we’ll need a call-up from Idaho at some point with injury,” White said. “And he’s definitely right there in that conversation. That’s why we signed him to the AHL deal.”

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today they have reduced their training camp roster. The team’s training camp roster now sits at 25 players.

The following players have been loaned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads or released from their tryout:

G, Philippe Desrosiers – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL)
F, Brandon Magee – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL)

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