Big news for Texas Stars fans on the blue line tonight. The Stars got a big veteran presence on the blue line by signing Brad Lukowich to a one-year, two-way deal. Lukowich was under contract last year to Vancouver but played in Texas for 29 games at the beginning of the year. Lukowich was 3-15-18 with 10 PIMs and an even plus-minus rating. Number 37 will likely serve as a steadying veteran presence for Texas, which has lost Hutchinson, Jancevski, and Stafford.
In other D news, Maxime Fortunus and Trevor Ludwig both accepted their qualifying offers from the Stars. Both contracts are reportedly two-way. Maxime's contract is for two years. No details are available, as of yet, on Ludwig's contract.
It is positive to see two strong defensemen for the Stars come back. I think Max's game needs a little more seasoning in the AHL before he can suit up in the NHL, but he is a great story. The Quebec native went undrafted and played through the Candian Juniors, ECHL, AHL, and has now played in several NHL games. Trevor Ludwig has developed steadily and earned a permanent roster spot in Texas after the departure of Brad Lukowich. He may be on his way to a career in the NHL like his father. The Stars will need to invest in shinpads if that's the case.