Texas Stars Mailbag: Pondering the goalie situation and looking at defensemen

Maxime Lagace heads a soccer ball before the Stars game with Stockton. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Maxime Lagace heads a soccer ball before the Stars game with Stockton. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

For one week only we’ve moved the Texas Stars mailbag to a Friday.

Texas is off tonight before playing back-to-back this weekend, so it only made sense to everyone on the staff of one behind the scenes at Wrong Side of The Red Line.

Don’t worry, next week the mailbag will return on a Thursday.

Let’s get started:

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Injured his hand in Dallas Stars training camp, so he’s technically still on the NHL roster.

But, he’s been hanging around Cedar Park Center the past couple weeks and working out.

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Once Campbell returns Texas will have a difficult decision.

John Muse was signed to back-up Campbell, while Maxime Lagace wasn’t even expected to play in Texas this season.

But through five games Lagace has dazzled and has a .948 save percentage. Muse has won both his starts, but he hasn’t been nearly as impressive as Lagace.

If current trends continue, Lagace has earned his spot and has to stay in the AHL. But, what does that mean for Muse?

Texas could send him down to the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL, but that would cut into Philipe Desrosiers playing time and the plan to give him a heavy workload.

Texas could also carry three goalies for a little bit, and see who earns playing time.

In a third, albeit unlikely, option Jack Campbell could start his season in Idaho. It wouldn’t be a long-term plan, but Dallas could send Campbell to the ECHL to play five or six games to make sure he’s ready for the AHL.

There’s also the option of making an AHL trade to a team looking for a goalie. But, for the moment, that seems highly unlikely.

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Stephen Johns has been very impressive this season. He’s plus-6 through five games and has been a physical, shutdown defenseman while being paired with Esa Lindell.

I’ve written about him at length before. But, I think Dallas got quite a steal when they acquired Johns.

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1. Based on the first five games you have to go with Devin Shore, right?

Brendan Ranford is also a pretty good bet at forward, and you can never go wrong with Travis Morin.

Defensively Stephen Johns, Julius Honka, and Esa Lindell are potential all-stars.

2. I’m going to answer this one with a focus on the defensive zone.

And if we’re focussing on that, Esa Lindell and Stephen Johns are close first and second in the defensemen power rankings.

I’m going to give Johns the edge at No. 1 because of his experience in North America. Lindell has been very good, but there are still tentative moments and he still has a bit of an adjustment to North American hockey.

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Dowling is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Devin Shore would certainly be in the conversation if Dallas needed to recall another player. It would probably depend on what role Dallas needed filled.

If it was a bottom-six role, Shore could play in the NHL tomorrow with limited minutes.

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Certainly have to be excited about the start of the season — four wins in five games, and the one loss could have been a victory if the Stars had a bit of puck luck.

It’s still early in the season, but that success should continue this weekend against the Iowa Wild.

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Per Scott Glennie and Kevin Henderson’s agent, neither has signed a contract yet.

Glennie is recovering from an injury and won’t sign somewhere until he’s healthy.

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