Friday, December 28, 2018

Roope Hintz Recalled to Dallas, Brady Norrish to Idaho

The transactions just keep coming as the Dallas Stars seem to be reacting simultaneously to lackluster play on the ice and injury updates. With Jason Dickinson set to spend some time on IR and Martin Hanzal out for the year, forward Roope Hintz has been recalled to the parent club. 

(credit: Andy Nietupski)
Hintz has far and away been one of Texas' best players this season, if not the best. The AHL club will miss his game-changing ability, but believe internally that they have the center depth to weather the storm. With the Hanzal news, it is very likely that Hintz stays in Dallas for the rest of the season, though he may be victimized again by his waiver-exempt status. Power forward Joel L'Esperance figures to slide into Hintz's spot as the second line center.

Defenseman Brady Norrish has also been sent down to the Idaho Steelheads, which will provide him with some valuable ice time. The rookie defenseman had been a regular scratch on the Stars lineup card. His assignment opens up a roster spot for Gavin Bayreuther.

Here is the official team release:

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled center Roope Hintz from the Texas Stars. In a separate move, the Texas Stars have returned defenseman Brady Norrish to the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads. 
Hintz, 22, is currently tied for fifth on Texas with eight goals so far this season, while he's recorded 19 points (8-11=19) in 17 AHL games in 2018-19. The center is also tied for third on the squad with two game-winning goals this season. Hintz has appeared in 14 NHL games with Dallas this season and has registered three points (2-1=3). 
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Tampere, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. 
Norrish, 25, has played 13 games with the Texas Stars and posted five points (1-4=5) from the blue line. Norrish earned the call up from Idaho after playing ECHL 13 games to start the season. The blue liner earned 11 points (4-7=11) and was tied for second in scoring on the Steelheads roster at the time of his call up. The Strongfield, Saskatchewan native played four seasons at RIT before turning pro, earning 55 points (11-44=55) in 100 NCAA games.

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