Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dallas Stars Extend RFAs Jack Campbell, Patrik Nemeth

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Two Texas Stars received contract extensions today as goalie Jack Campbell and defenseman Patrik Nemeth each inked deals today to remain with the Dallas Stars. Nemeth's deal is a two-year contract and Campbell's is a one year. Both players were pending free agents.

Nemeth was not expected to play any games with Texas in the 2014-15 season until an arm laceration sidelined his season in October. The hardy blue liner defied expectations to return to playing condition before the end of the season, getting into shape with a stint in the AHL. He also returned for three games in this season's Calder Cup playoffs. Nemeth, of course, is best remembered by Stars fans for scoring the Calder Cup-clinching goal on this date one year ago.

Jack Campbell finds himself with a one-year extension after what was widely considered to be a disappointing season. The 14-15 campaign saw Campbell assigned briefly to the ECHL to figure out his game and regain his confidence by getting more minutes in Boise. After a tough start, Campbell won 11 of his 14 starts to end the season. The first-round pick is expected to play the coming season in Texas in a leading role, if he can hold onto it.

This news leaves Scott Glennie, Ludwig Karlsson, Curtis McKenzie and Jamie Oleksiak as the remaining RFAs for Dallas (who played in Texas) ahead of the June 30th QO deadline.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Patrik Nemeth to a two-year contract extension and goaltender Jack Campbell to a one-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nemeth, 23, recorded three assists (0-3=3), six penalty minutes and 16 shots on goal in 22 games with Dallas during the 2014-15 campaign. The defenseman missed 52 games after suffering an arm laceration on Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia. The Stars were 14-6-2 in games in which he played.

The blueliner appeared in eight regular-season American Hockey League (AHL) contests with Texas, tallying two points (0-2=2) and six assists. He also registered one assist (0-1=1) and shared the team-lead with a +2 rating in three Calder Cup Playoffs games.

"Patrik gives us a physical and smart player that makes good reads and has a strong net front presence," said Nill. "After suffering such a serious injury, his drive and determination to return to action before the season ended was quite remarkable and he made a solid impact upon returning. We know he'll be ready from day one of training camp to come in and strengthen our back end."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Campbell, 23, posted a 14-14-5 record with a 3.03 goals against average, a .907 save percentage and two shutouts in 35 regular-season games this season for the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the AHL. He also appeared in one playoff contest and posted a 3.03 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. Additionally, he played seven games for Idaho of the ECHL and went 5-2-0-0 with a .945 save percentage and a 1.73 goals against average.

Following the season, Campbell represented the United States of America at the IIHF World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Helping the USA to a Bronze Medal, he appeared in two games posting a 1-1 record.

He made his lone NHL appearance on Oct. 20, 2013 making 41 saves in a losing effort to Anaheim. In four combined AHL seasons, he has a record of 49-36-5-6 in 103 games played.

"Jack winning 11 out of his last 14 games last season was huge in solidifying another postseason appearance for Texas," Nill said. "We fully expect him to build off of that success and continue his growth."

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Port Huron, Michigan was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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