In the juggling that the Dallas Stars have to do for financial reasons, they do have to make some interesting decisions.
Today, they called up Aaron Gagnon and Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars, and will take them on their road trip to Western Canada that starts tomorrow in Edmonton.
Well, because they were running on the minimum amount of healthy players (to save money), and both Adam Burish and Brian Sutherby are dinged up. With back-to-back games in Edmonton Thursday and Calgary Friday, the Stars did not want to get caught short-handed. Burish was hit in the foot with a shot in Monday's game and is in a walking boot, but he will skate Thursday and might be ready. Sutherby is battling injuries and also might be available. Still, the Stars do not want to be caught with less than 12 available forwards.
Toby Petersen (leg) is on IR, so this allows the team to call up two forwards.
So why not Brandon Segal, who was just recently sent down? Well, I was mistaken on the 10 games and 30 day waiver exception. It's not from when you are put on waivers, it's for the entire season. Thus, Segal will require recall waivers immediately because he has played 10 NHL games this season. Gagnon does not require recall waivers until he hits 10 games (he has three games left).
The need for recall waivers goes away after the trade deadline (Feb. 28), so Segal will not be recalled until that time (at the earliest).
Meanwhile, Matt Niskanen (hand) is getting better, so the Stars do not feel the need to add an extra defenseman. In addition, they would have to place a player on IR if they did that, as they are now at 23 bodies on the roster.
Marc Crawford said he will use both Kari Lehtonen and Andrew Raycroft on this road trip, but he said he would not share with the public his choice for goalie against Edmonton.