Dallas Re-Signs Trio of Texas Stars But AHL Goaltending Questions Remain

Joe Cecconi (Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)

The Dallas Stars continued work on their outstanding free agents this week, signing UFA Joe Cecconi and RFAs Riley Tufte and Ryan Shea all to one-year, two-way deals. 

Among Texas Stars UFAs, Joel L'Esperance is the only remaining question mark. The RFA group is a little larger with Ben Gleason, Jordan Kawaguchi, Alexey Lipanov and Colton Point still outstanding. As the league continues to readjust from COVID delays, July 11 is the RFA qualifying offer deadline, giving nine more days to get things locked down.

Meanwhile in net, Dallas sorted the backup position for the next two years by signing Scott Wedgewood. With the tandem of Jake Oettinger and Wedgewood set in Dallas, Texas is still remaining to be figured out. Adam Scheel is in the fold already, and my bet would be that newcomer Matt Murray earns at least an AHL SPC to see what he can do in a full season after an excellent finish to the season with Texas last year. Remember that he outplayed Scheel for starts down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Coming out of the QMJHL, Dallas has 2020 sixth-round pick Remi Poirier already signed to an ELC. He's completed four years with Gatineau with a 22-7-6 record, 2.48 GAA and .907 SV% in his final season.

This season may finally be a good chance for Idaho to get a solid goaltending prospect from Dallas once again. It's been a long time since that has happened for the Steelheads. I would say that you bring all three of Murray, Scheel and Poirier into camp and see what happens.