It’s a busy news day for Dallas Stars fans, as a few big announcements seemed to hit all at once.
Foremost is that Krys Barch and a 2012 6th-round pick have been traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for minor league player Jake Hauswirth and a 2012 5th round pick. Barch has always been a character player on the ice, an oft-scratched but competitive player who was ready to stick up for his teammates at a moment’s notice. Hauswirth, a prospect for the Panthers, is currently playing for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the CHL and spent time playing in the ECHL as well. This trade gives Krys Barch a new opportunity with the surprising Panthers. He was never a huge point producer, but he was always a fan favorite, we wish him the best of luck in the Sunshine State. The full, official press release from the Dallas Stars can be found here.
Brendan Shanahan ruled on Mark Fistric‘s hit on Nino Niederreiter, slapping Fistric with a three game suspension. Shanahan’s explanation was that Fistric left his feet before the hit, which is a charging penalty and an illegal hit. Fistric’s previous fine, and Niederreiter’s resulting concussion were all factors in the decision. The full video explanation can be found here.
Also, Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley, and Brenden Morrow* are all set to make a return to the line up on Thursday night for their match up against the San Jose Sharks. The Stars have performed admirably without them but they have been sorely missed. The last major injuries for the Stars are Adam Burish and Kari Lehtonen. With the first bout with the injury bug out of the way, the Stars will be looking forward to being back at full strength. Since Krys Barch is now gone, this could also mean that Tomas Vincour does not need to be assigned to the AHL even with Morrow’s return to the lineup.
*Gultuzan said Morrow was “likely” and not a guarantee for tomorrow’s game.