In Antoine Roussel’s report card, I said that as long as he can control his penalty minutes, I would LOVE to see him in Dallas for many years to come. But only if he can keep the PIM’s under control.
Antoine Roussel made his mark at the beginning of the lockout season by showing off to the Stars and the NHL that a tiny Frenchman can be a dual threat offensive forward as well as an enforcer that takes down anyone who holds himself to too high of a standard when on the ice. After a 7 goal and 7 assist premiere season with Dallas, he reloaded and pulled off another spectacular season including 14 goals and 15 assists while skating with his other two Musketeers Cody Eakin and Ryan Garbutt.
But his penalty minutes proved to be his and consequently the Dallas Stars’ downfall. Antoine Roussel finished 3rd in the NHL for most penalty minutes, being 1 major away from 214 and leading the league. Roussel has a temper unlike one I have ever seen and will drop the mitts with anyone, whether they want to or not. His fighting and heavy hitting style became what he is known for across the league. Everyone looks around for #21 in green when they step out on the ice and if they see him, they get a serious urge to sit back down and stay clear. But these penalties were not as fun for the Stars’ squad as they were for the fans. The Stars suffered on the PK and Roussel was the sole contributor to the Stars ability to drop a lead and lose in at least 3 or 4 games. Ruff has constantly talked to Roussel and made it clear that excessive PIM’s will not be tolerated on the Stars’ bench.
If Roussel, who will be an RFA come July 1st, is ready to come back to Dallas, he will need to sedate his act just a tad bit, but we will still need his physicality, so don’t drain him of it. I want to see Antoine Roussel wearing green for many years to come and become a new face of the franchise.
But “I want” isn’t what we’re here for. We are here to hear what YOU want. Click on what you think the Stars should do with Antoine Roussel this coming offseason below: