|Hubert Labrie (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Last night on Long Island, Daley and Gonchar both suited up for Dallas. Meanwhile, Texas has signed former NHL defenseman Derek Meech to an AHL contract. Where does that leave the defensive depth across the organization?
Let's assume that with Rome and Robidas still injured, Dallas assigns Cameron Gaunce. Assuming he passes through waivers, which is a hefty assumption, he will return to Cedar Park. With Meech added, the Stars would feature nine healthy defensemen: Fortunus, Jokipakka, Wrenn, Oleksiak, Labrie, Button, Sinkewich, Gaunce, and Meech.
My feeling on what happens has a few dependencies. Derek Meech played 23 games on his KHL contract before leaving the team due to health concerns. He must be over those concerns now, having signed a new contract, but I don't completely expect him to be ready to play this weekend. At the least, Russ Sinkewich will probably be released from his contract if Gaunce is assigned.
Afterwards, when Meech is ready for game action, either Labrie or Button will head back to Idaho. My thought is that Labrie will be the one sent down.
The Stars still have a few days before their next game, Friday against Abbotsford. They have some time to make these decisions.