Free agent Finnish goalie Jussi Rynnas will visit the Stars on Thursday and get the pitch from Dallas' front office.
The Stars have been plugged into Rynnas for a while because Kari Takko, the Stars director of European scouting, played for the same team that Rynnas does _ Assat Pori.
The Stars have been through this with both Fabian Brunnstrom and Jonas Gustavsson. They signed Brunnstrom and missed out on Gustavsson.
Rynnas does not have the pedigree that Gustavsson does. He played for a team that did not make the playoffs and he is not considered to be the best goalie in the Finnishh Elite League at this time, posting a 14-13-1 record, a 2.50 GAA and a .929 save percentage). However, he is 6-5, he will turn 23 on May 22 and he can sign a contract like the one-year $900,000 deal that Gustavsson signed in the summer.
He would definitely be worth the risk.
Several teams are interested in Rynnas, but I'm not sure how many visits he has planned.
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he has heard only good things about Rynnas.
``Les (Jackson) and all of our European scouts are very impressed, so we'll show himn around and give him the full tour, and we'll find out about each other,'' Nieuwendyk said of the one-day visit.
The Stars currently have Kari Lehtonen as a restricted free agent who needs a $3 million qualifying offer, so they will have him back.
Richard Bachman also is a restricted free agent and is in the mix.
Youngster Tyler Beskorowany has been signed to a three-year entry level contract and is expected to be in the AHL or ECHL next season.
Marty Turco, Brent Krahn and Matt Climie can become unrestricted free agents in the summer.
Rynnas could play as high as backup at the NHL level next season or he could be in the mix at the AHL level.