One of just four remaining inaugural season Texas Stars, Francis Wathier was reassigned by the Dallas organization today to the Milwaukee Admirals. In return, Nashville reassigned Kevin Henderson to the Texas Stars. Both players stat with their NHL clubs, as this is just an AHL assignment move.
Wathier has been a loyal soldier for Dallas for many years. After being drafted by the team in 2003, he has played his entire career in the organization including a Kelly Cup win in Idaho and the Calder Cup run in 2010. His role on the team has diminished over the last few years to the point that he has been a healthy scratch more often than not recently. His status as a veteran has not helped matters either.
With this move he will be able to get into the lineup regularly and make a difference for the Admirals.
Kevin Henderson is not a veteran, which helps his case to stay in the lineup for Texas.
I will have more thoughts on this move as the day progresses. I hope to talk to Stars GM Scott White as well.