|(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)|
With the Stanley Cup Finals finished (and another former Texas Star Reilly Smith adding his name to the chalice), the Dallas Stars have started to do business to secure their roster for the coming year. Two bits of business came down today from the big club that affect the AHL side.
First, Dallas announced a trade of pending UFA forward Fredrik Olofsson to Colorado. The Avalanche immediately signed him to a one-year deal. The trade was a future considerations trade, which is essentially meaningless in the NHL. The Stars will likely never receive anything in return. Olofsson was an unrestricted free agent, however, so that's no different than if he walked on July 1.
Second, Texas got its goalie situation at least partially locked in for 2023-24 with Matt Murray re-upping on a one-year, two-way deal. Murray signed with Texas last season on a two-year AHL contract, which he converted to an NHL deal part of the way through the year. He appeared in three NHL games as Dallas dealt with netminder injuries.
Murray is half of the goaltending equation for Texas. The Stars now need to sort out if the solution to the other half is already in house in the form of Remi Poirier, under contract, or Adam Scheel, RFA, or if they need to acquire another tender to serve as a mentor to Murray and serviceable 3rd goalie in case of injury in Dallas. Much of that decision centers on Dallas' opinion of Murray's development in 2022-23.