Stars sign Krahn to 1 year deal, extend qualifying offers to nine

Stars goaltender Brent Krahn in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals versus the Hershey Bears. (Photo credit: JustSports Photography)

The day after the Stars loss in the Calder Cup Finals to the Hershey Bears, we already have off season movement. First, Dallas announced that they have signed Brent Krahn to a 1 year extension on his contract. It will be 2-way (meaning he can play in the NHL and AHL).

Also, Dallas extended qualifying offers to the following RFAs (players with games in Texas in italics): Fabian Brunnstrom, Maxime Fortunus, Aaron Gagnon, Nicklas Grossman, Perttu Lindgren, Trevor Ludwig, James Neal, Matt Niskanen and Raymond Sawada. Texas Stars forward Tyler Shelast was not extended an offer.

Here are both press releases:
Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed goaltender Brent Krahn to a one-year two-way contract extension.

Krahn, 28, played in 22 games for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, posting a 17-4-0 record and five shutouts with a 1.83 GAA and a .945 save percentage. He helped Texas reach the 2010 AHL Calder Cup Finals appearing in 11 games in the postseason, going 7-4-0 with a 2.48 GAA and a .924 save percentage in the 2010 AHL Playoffs.

The 6-4, 232-pound goaltender has played in 196 career AHL playoff games posting a 99-70-14 record including 19 shutouts. Krahn was drafted ninth overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Release number two:
Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has extended qualifying offers to the following nine players: left wing Fabian Brunnstrom, defenseman Maxime Fortunus, center Aaron Gagnon, defenseman Nicklas Grossman, center Perttu Lindgren, defenseman Trevor Ludwig, left wing James Neal, defenseman Matt Niskanen and right wing Raymond Sawada.

Right wing Tyler Shelast did not receive a qualifying offer.

Teams are required to extend a one-year “qualifying offer” to any current restricted free agent by June 28 in order to receive the right of the first refusal or draft choice compensation should that respective player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club. The qualifying offers will expire at 4 p.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, July 15. Qualifying offers fall into three categories:

  • A player whose prior year salary was equal or less than $660,000 must receive a qualifying offer of 110% of their prior year’s salary.

  • A player whose prior year salary was more than $660,000 and up to $1 million must receive a qualifying offer of 105% of their prior year’s salary (but in no event shall such a qualifying offer exceed $1 million).

  • A player whose prior year salary was equal to or more than $1 million must receive a qualifying offer at 100% of their prior year’s salary.

If a team does not give a qualifying offer to a restricted free agent, he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and can sign with any team with no compensation required to the player’s former club.


  1. So how do you see the goalie situation next season Stephen? Assuming Climie is resigned, who gets the back-up nod in Dallas- Climie or Krahn? I would imagine the other would become the starter in Austin, with Bachman moving into a more permanent role as back-up. Personally I welcome it; Bachman is an extraordinary talent, and I could go for him as our starter next season. Maybe Dallas will pick up another Alex Auld-type this summer, but that seems counter-productive, like it would slow down their development unnecessarily.

  2. Well, with today's news of Climie in talks with the Stars, it's possible that 33 or 41 gets the back-up job in Dallas.

    The thing that you have to know is that Krahn (28) and Climie (27) are both older than the typical goalie prospect. Neither is a long term solution like Bachman or Besko might prove to be.

    If the Stars sign both Climie and Krahn, then that clearly replaces the signing of a free agent. One of those two will be the backup in Dallas if both sign.

  3. Well if Climie gets the one-way contract with Dallas that would definitely seal it up, but what if he bolts in July? We'll be short a goalie somewhere ..

  4. Not exactly. Here's how i see it.

    Scenario: Climie signs 2-way

    1. Lehtonen
    2. Krahn/Climie
    1. Krahn/Climie
    2. Bachman
    1. Beskorowany
    2. Beauchemin (not Dallas prospect)

    Climie on 1 way:

    With no Climie you have two options. Get a free agent to play in the AHL and possibly get called up to the NHL. If not, we have to draft a keeper and have no prospects in Idaho for the year, likely. Bachman would start and Besko would get the backup role in Texas. What's Todd Ford doing...?


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