Friday, April 7, 2017

Texas Stars in a Bind After Dallas Injuries in Penultimate Game

Well, the Texas Stars have more than one numbers issue at the moment. The obvious one is the fact that they will likely be eliminated from the playoffs officially tonight. The second is that they have just 19 skaters available as they hit the weekend road trip, and Dallas just had two injuries in their game last night. The call up list was already long with Remi Elie, Jason Dickinson, Julius Honka, Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling all in Dallas. Dowling and Brett Ritchie were injured last night and Dallas needs two more forwards for one game.

Here's the complication: There are only four available Dallas-contracted forwards in Texas right now. With Matej Stransky injured, Travis Morin, Mark McNeill, Cole Ully and rookie Denis Gurianov are the only players available. Morin is probably the most likely and perhaps McNeill gets the call as well. It makes Texas pretty thin up the middle, if so.

Texas has even more to worry about with balancing their ECHL affiliate. There isn't anyone on AHL contract left in Idaho, and the playoffs are likely to start for the Steelheads as early as Tuesday. If they sign someone like Will Merchant, they may not return him to Idaho until after the playoffs start. My inkling is that it would be better to sign a PTO with some players who are not going to be making the playoffs from the ECHL to fill the gaps.

Texas is travelling to Charlotte today.

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