The Stars found out today that Brandon Segal was not claimed by another NHL team and has cleared waivers.
He will be assigned to the Texas Stars (AHL) in a move that is strictly to save a few dollars.
With the addition of Jamie Langenbrunner and the $1.4 million that remains on his contract for this season, the Stars can send Segal, who has a two-way contract, to the Texas Stars and save about $200,000 for the remainder of the season. Segal makes $550,000 when playing at the NHL level and $130,000 when playing at the AHL level, so all days he is assigned to the Texas Stars are days he will be paid at the lower level.
By clearing waivers, Segal can be recalled for 10 NHL games or 30 cumulative days on an NHL roster before requiring waivers again.
Strangely enough, the Stars now have no spare forwards. Toby Petersen is on IR with a leg bruise and hopefully will come off soon enough. The Stars believe they can get by with 12 forwards right now because the schedule is so light. They play Edmonton tonight, Atlanta on Saturday and Los Angeles next Monday. If a forward was injured and Petersen was not ready to go, the guess is they would probably bring Segal right back up.
Karlis Skrastins (concussion/nose) skated with the Stars this morning, but will not play tonight. He could be ready for Saturday's game against the Thrashers. Petersen and Matt Niskanen (hand) skated this morning in Frisco, according to coach Marc Crawford.
The Stars are going with Kari Lehtonen in net tonight. The Oilers are expected to start Nikolai Khabibulin.