Sunday, November 27, 2016

Johns Back to Dallas, Desrosiers Sent to Idaho

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Last night's game showed two things that led to transactions this morning for the Texas Stars.

First, Stephen Johns is an NHL defenseman. Plain and simple. He came down for a tuneup and chance to get on the ice in a competitive game situation. He dominated with 3 goals in the two games, both Texas wins, and had each of the game winners.

Second, Maxime Lagace might have established himself in some sort of rhythm for the Stars. His shutout last night must have bolstered the confidence of the brass in him. Philippe Desrosiers should be getting competitive ice himself, so he'll head to Idaho for some ice time. Landon Bow comes up to Texas for their road trip to Chicago and Manitoba.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Stephen Johns from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Johns, 24, has produced four points (2-2=4) in 16 games played for Dallas this season. He currently leads the team with 44 hits and ranks fourth with 32 blocked shots. The defenseman has also appeared in two AHL games with Texas, recording three goals (3-0=3).

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound native of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania was selected by Chicago in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Dallas along with Patrick Sharp from Chicago in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt on July 12, 2015.

The Texas Stars also announced goaltender Phil Desrosiers has been assigned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, and rookie netminder Landon Bow has been recalled to the AHL.

Desrosiers, 21, has appeared in seven games this season with Texas with a 2-2-0 record, a 3.25 goals against average and an .893 save percentage. He was a second-round pick of Dallas (54th overall) in 2013

The 21-year-old Bow was signed to an AHL contract this past summer and has appeared in 12 games this season for the Steelheads. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound native of St. Albert, Alberta, owns a 2.75 goals against average and .916 save percentage in the ECHL this season with an 8-3-0 record.

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