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The Dallas Stars shuffled things around quite a bit this morning, recalling forwards Riley Damiani and Ty Dellandrea and assigning goalie Anton Khudobin to Texas.
Khudobin has not played in a game since November 18th, and his play has dropped off considerably this season, as he ranks toward the bottom of the NHL in goalie stats. He was placed on waivers yesterday and cleared today. He will play for Texas as organizational backup insurance.
With Khudobin's assignment and the placement of Roope Hintz on IR, Dallas opened up two roster spots. Riley Damiani got his first NHL recall to fill one of those spots. The reigning AHL Rookie of the Year has continued his scoring ways this season (7-11=18). Dellandrea has played in the NHL before but this is his first NHL recall of this season.
Texas has been sputtering in the goalie category and Khudobin's addition could provide a steadying influence, if he is able to return to form. He has a career 2.53 GAA and .913 SV% across four AHL clubs. Most notably, Stars fans will remember Khudobin for his time with the Houston Aeros, which saw him play many games in the then-Cedar Park Center.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forwards Riley Damiani and Ty Dellandrea from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Additionally, forward Roope Hintz has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to the game on Dec. 9 at Los Angeles, while goaltender Anton Khudobin has been loaned to Texas.
Damiani, 21, has registered 18 points (7-11=18) in 21 AHL games with Texas so far in 2021-22. The forward paces Texas in goals (7), assists (11) and points (18) this season. He is also tied for fourth in the AHL and shares first on the team with four power play goals. Winner of the 2021 Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding rookie, Damiani has recorded 54 points (18-36=54) in 58 career regular-season AHL contests, all with Texas.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound native of Mississauga, Ont. was selected by Dallas in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.
Dellandrea, 21, has skated in 18 games with Texas so far this season, posting 12 points (5-7=12). Dellandrea's 12 points in 2021-22 are good for fourth on Texas, while he's tied for fourth with seven assists and shares sixth with five goals. The forward is also tied for second on the team with four power play assists and shares fourth with five power play points (1-4=5).
Dellandrea has recorded five points (3-2=5) in 26 career regular-season NHL games, all with the Stars. Two of his three career NHL goals have come on the power play. Additionally, he has earned 21 points (9-12=21) in 37 career regular-season AHL games.
The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Toronto, Ont. was selected by Dallas in the first round (13th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.