The hockey world and the Dallas Stars press wire are buzzing this morning with a few different stories.
First of all, last night Dallas announced the schedule and roster for Stars Development Camp. Camp will be held next week, July 5-12 in Frisco, Texas. The full roster, which can be found here, comprises 40 players, including nine goalies. It would seem unusual to have that many until you notice the note at the bottom of the roster indicating that media availability with Jack Campbell, Christopher Nihlstorp and Tyler Beskorowany must be specially requested. To me, this means they will be off doing some special activities with goalie coach Mike Valley. I plan to attend development camp and talk with some of the newest Stars.
Godard Bought Out
Second, Mike Heika broke news yesterday that, as expected, the Stars bought out Eric Godard's contract. Godard was brought on as an experiment as the team "tough guy". In the end, he played 0 games in the NHL last year and was often a healthy scratch with Texas. He tallied one goal and 58 penalty minutes in 46 games played. Godard's contract switched over to one-way next season, and the Stars were not anticipating him making the NHL roster or being a useful piece at the AHL level.
His buyout cap hit is $258,333 next year and $233,333 in 2013-14. That's nothing in comparison to the hypothetical $70.2 million salary cap for 2012-13. In all, it's most fair to everyone. Godard wasn't being used in the Dallas system and deserves a chance to move on elsewhere. For Dallas, it frees up one of their 50 contracts to give to another player.
Free Agent Frenzy
Texas has a total of six unrestricted free agents from last season's roster. They are:
On the Texas free agent list still are Nick Layton, Stephen Schultz and Shawn Weller. Schultz is the only one on this list that I would think is a possibility to sign. However, when you look at who's already signed and who is coming from juniors, there isn't a lot of roster room left. Could Schultz be added on an AHL/ECHL two-way to provide depth for the roster? I think that's the most likely way for him to play for the Stars this season.