|(Credit: Texas Stars)|
The Dallas Stars announced this morning that they have signed Joel L'Esperance to a two-year, two-way deal. He was qualified a few days ago by the club, which owned his exclusive negotiating rights as he was a restricted free agent. L'Esperance was part of the Return to Play training camp but was not selected for the Stars's bubble roster in Edmonton. Given the two-way nature of the deal, it is likely that L'Esperance will continue to be a top callup option for the NHL club.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Joel L'Esperance to a two-year, two-way contract.
L'Esperance, 25, appeared in three regular-season NHL games with Dallas in 2019-20, recording one goal (1-0=1) and two penalty minutes. L'Esperance also recorded 40 points (25-15=40) in 58 games with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League during the 2019-20 campaign. L'Esperance finished the season tied for 10th in the AHL and first on Texas with 25 goals, while he ranked second on the team with 40 points. The center also shared sixth in the AHL with a team-leading 11 power play goals and led Texas with four game-winning goals.
L'Esperance has posted three goals (3-0=3) in 21 career regular-season NHL games, all with Dallas. He's also appeared in 121 career regular-season AHL games, all with Texas, and has registered 87 points (56-31=87).
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Brighton, Mich. was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent on July 1, 2018.