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Dallas announced late Friday that they have signed Riley Damiani to a one-year, two-way deal. The deal closes out all of Dallas' open RFA qualifying offers.
Damiani came out of the gates hot from junior, winning AHL Rookie of the Year in 2021. He took a step back in the last two years as he wasn't able to break out his offense as much as that first season. This past year, he had the lowest plus-minus on the team at minus-15.
With a decent chunk of new talent coming in from juniors this season for Texas, this is a big chance for Damiani to prove his value and act as a veteran leader for the crew. Depending on how the season rolls, he could make himself one of the top callup options for Dallas. He will be in a tight battle with returnees Oskar Back, Fredrik Karlstrom, Mavrik Bourque and Matej Blumel and newcomer Logan Stankoven for that honor.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Riley Damiani to a one-year two-way contract, which will run through the 2023-24 season.Damiani, 23, finished the 2022-23 regular season with 31 points (13-18—31) in 59 games for the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). He matched his career-high mark in goals (13), which included four power-play tallies, one shorthanded marker and three game-winners. Damiani also appeared in six Calder Cup Playoff games, tallying three points (2-1—3) and a +2 rating. Through three professional seasons in the AHL with Texas, he has earned 103 points (37-66—103) in 151 regular-season games.The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.