Dec 27, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson (33) and Dallas Stars defenseman Cameron Gaunce (36) fight for the puck during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Predators 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Re-sign Cameron Gaunce, Avoid Arbitration

The Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the Stars re-signed D Cameron Gaunce to a one-year contract. Per Jim Nill and club policy, the terms of the deal were disclosed.

Cameron Gaunce skated for the Dallas Stars in nine games this past year, but ended up with nothing to show for it. Still, he is a valuable and quality defenseman.

Besides that, Gaunce spent his time in the AHL with the Texas Stars. He led the Texas Stars’ defense in the +/- category, finishing with a +15 rating and registered 18 points in the regular season, having three goals and fifteen assists throughout 65 games.

Gaunce started in 18 Calder Cup playoff games and ended up with four assists and a +6 rating. His performance helped the Texas Stars in their pursuit and eventual capturing of the franchise’s first Calder Cup Championship.

Gaunce is 6’1, 210 pounds and defines the word “scrappy” when on the ice. He was originally drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He was acquired by the Dallas Stars in a trade for F Tomas Vincour back in April 2013.

The signing of Gaunce will avoid an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for July 25th. Gaunce and Antoine Roussel filed for arbitration back on Sunday, July 6th. If you are having some trouble remembering what it is, here’s the article that explains it. Roussel has still yet to negotiate a deal with the Stars, and his meeting with the arbitration mediator is scheduled for July 22nd.

Gaunce will most likely find himself on the Texas Stars again next year for the duration of his one-year deal, but he could end up seeing some NHL time through a few different scenarios.

-The Stars don’t lock a deal with Brenden Dillon and have an opening.

-He shines at training camp and outdoes Kevin Connauton and Patrik Nemeth.

But for now, it looks as though Gaunce is gonna stick to the AHL next year and go for another Calder Cup.

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