|Muse stymies Curtis McKenzie in a March 12, 2014 game between Charlotte and Texas.|
(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Muse has always been solid against the Stars and has quietly set a few records with the Checkers over the past few years, earning their season win record and franchise career win record. He is playoff proven in the ECHL and is just a solid pro all around. He can take the starting reins if you need him to, but if not, he is a great backup too. It's an excellent signing by Texas.With many other options off the table, John Muse remains as my top candidate to take the #txstars backup spot behind Jack Campbell.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) July 1, 2015
The second signing is defenseman Brennan Evans. Most familiar to Stars fans from his time with the Peoria Rivermen, Evans is also a long-time AHLer. With 12 years in the American League under his belt, this is your big veteran presence that was missing until today. After losing Fortunus, Gaunce and Meech, Evans will make a big difference in getting that veteran experience to work with the younger kids on D.
Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, announced today the team has signed defenseman Brennan Evans and goaltender John Muse to AHL contracts for the 2015-16 season.
Evans, 33, brings a veteran presence to the Stars' blue line with 834 career AHL games on his resume and a 2013 Calder Cup Championship with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan adds physicality to the Texas lineup with 1,679 penalty minutes in a 12-year AHL career between seven teams (Grand Rapids, Peoria Rivermen, Toronto Marlies, Iowa Chops, Worcester Sharks, Binghamton Senators and Lowell Lock Monsters).
Evans appeared in two NHL playoff games for the Calgary Flames in 2003-04, and scored the game-winning goal in 2013 that clinched the Calder Cup Championship for Grand Rapids in Game 6 against the Syracuse Crunch.
Muse, 27, is an experienced goaltender entering his sixth AHL season. The East Falmouth, Mass., native spent the past four years with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers. Muse (MEWZ) has appeared in 108 games in his AHL career with a 2.65 goals against average and .926 save percentage. Prior to turning pro, Muse competed for four years at Boston College and won the NCAA's Frozen Four National Championship twice (2008, 2010).
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound goaltender also won a Kelly Cup Championship with the ECHL's Florida Everblades in 2012 and was named the Kelly Cup MVP. His 27 wins in 2013-14 and 54 career wins are both franchise records for the Checkers.