Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dallas Stars Re-Up Top Forwards Justin Dowling and Brendan Ranford

The Dallas Stars announced this afternoon that they have re-signed two of the leading scorers from the Texas Stars to one-year, two-way deals. Justin Dowling and Brendan Ranford each re-upped for the coming season, arguably an obvious decision for the club to make such an offer. Ranford was a stalwart for the AHL side, leading the team in games played with all 76 to
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his name and also leading in points. Dowling missed a large part of the season to injury but still ranked fifth in points.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Justin Dowling and left wing Brendan Ranford, each to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dowling, 25, finished fifth on Texas with 46 points (11-35=46) in 52 regular season games in 2015-16. He finished third on the team with his 35 assists, which tied a career high. In four Calder Cup Playoff contests, he tied for the team lead with two goals and was third with three points (2-1=3). The fourth-year professional has posted 173 career points in 229 career AHL games played, all with Texas.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Cochrane, Alberta was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent on March 26, 2014.

Ranford, 24, led Texas with 59 points (19-40=59) appearing in all 76 games played in the 2015-16. His 40 assists led the team and were tied for 12th in the AHL. He was selected for the Pacific Division team at the 2016 AHL All-Star challenge. In four Calder Cup Playoff contests, he tied for the team lead with four points (1-3=4).

The three-year professional has posted 143 points (49-94=143) in in 214 career AHL regular season games played, all with Texas. He appeared in one NHL contest, with Dallas, on Feb. 19, 2015 vs. San Jose. He took 13 shifts in the game and did not record a point.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta was originally selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 2, 2014.

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