(Photo credit: Tim Lauzon/Texas Stars)
Unless you were living under a rock today or just not with the Twitter program, the Stars news feed was whipped into a frenzy this afternoon with a series of announcements. The Texas Stars currently sit in first place in the Western Conference and the Dallas Stars have admittedly been struggling, losing their last four games. Despite Kari Lehtonen's heroic attempts in net, the parent club has been plagued with ill-advised penalties and some lackluster defense. Hence the reason why so many changes within the franchise this afternoon.
Firstly, to the surprise of many, Reilly Smith has been sent back down to Texas. In the last few Texas Stars games, there have been 11 or less healthy forwards on the bench. It seemed to work for the time being, but would not for long term. In my opinion, Smith getting sent back down isn't a result of his play in Dallas, but rather the need for him with the Ahl club.
The second announcement was that Dallas has called up Jamie Oleksiak and Antoine Roussel. Oleksiak is the big body that Dallas needs to help out the struggling D and Roussel is the spark plug that Dallas may be missing right now.
With Cristopher Nilstorp on the IR, Richard Bachman was called up to back up Lehtonen in net. After Lehtonen let in four goals in the Stars 4-1 loss to Detroit last night, Bachman was put in net to finish out the game. With Bachman to Dallas, that only left Jack Campbell in net for Texas. Tyler Beskorowany has been called up from Idaho to back him up.
Finally, at least for right now, the Texas Stars signed Idaho Steelheads player Austin Fyten to a PTO contract. The left wing has has 40 points and 48 penalty minutes in 43 games for the Steelheads.