The Stars have placed Brent Krahn on waivers today and are hopeful he'll clear by 11 a.m. tomorrow and then be assigned to the Texas Stars. That means that Andrew Raycroft has won the battle to be the backup goalie for now.
``I think it was a good experience for both goalies, and I thought both goalies raised their game and played very well,'' said Stars coach Marc Crawford. ``We gave Andrew the edge, but we think we have three good goalies here.''
Krahn did not practice this morning and Crawford said he had a discussion with him yesterday. Krahn, 28, has battled injuries throughout his career and has played in just one NHL game for 20 minutes. He was very excited about the chance to earn a spot on the NHL roster.
``This is as close as he's been to the NHL, so we want to make sure he isn't discouraged,'' Crawford said. ``When I talked to him, I told him that he learned a lot this camp and I saw improvement in his game, and that's important. We're hopeful that he makes it through waivers, because he's a huge part of the organization. You don't see a whole lot of teams go through an entire season with just two goalies, so he knows that there are definitely opportunities in the future.
Raycroft, 30, will back up Kari Lehtonen tonight in a home game against Colorado, and the plan right now if for Lehtonen to also play all game Saturday against St. Louis.