Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Texas Stars Report on Defending Big D: The Illinois Road Trip

The Texas Stars Report on Defending Big D...
The Texas Stars (23-14-2-2, #5 West) struck it out on the road this week, visiting all three teams located in lovely and scenic Illinois over a 4 day stretch.

As you're surely aware, Texas didn't return to Texas with all the played they left with. Fabian Brunnstrom is now property of the Toronto Maple Leafs and will likely play for the Marlies. It is a shame for Texas fans that he had to go to settle salary issues in Dallas. He had just recently begun to pick up his play, earning 7 points in his last 6 games as a Star including a 4 game goal streak.

To 'replace' him we have Brandon Segal, who was the other sacrificial lamb to the salary dumping necessary to acquire Jamie Langenbrunner. I haven't gotten a chance to see Segal play yet in person, but he has not been too much of a stand out player yet. He collected an empty net goal in Saturday's game and is minus-1 so far. There are high hopes for the winger though, as he collected 52 points in 69 games only two seasons ago with the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning).

In addition to all of the player transfer hub-bub, Travis Morin was selected to start the AHL All-Star Game. Morin has very quietly been having a standout season, currently at 13-19-32 and a plus-11 rating. Morin was signed by Dallas over the summer as an AHL depth guy but might turn into something more if he keeps up this play. Two years ago, Morin was an ECHL All-Star. NHL All-Star in two years?
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