The Stars have placed right wing Brandon Segal on waivers and will find out at 11 a.m. Tuesday whether another team has picked him up.
Segal, 27, is in an unfortunate spot because he has a two-way contract. He makes $550,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level, so he will most help the Stars financially if he clears waivers and plays in the minors. Other Stars forwards, if they cleared waivers, would require full payment while in the minors.
With the recent acquisition of Jamie Langenbrunner, the Stars don't want to carry 14 forwards, so they are looking to get back down to the 13 they have used for much of the season. In addition, Langenbrunner adds $1.4 million of remaining salary to the payroll, and the Stars are still on a tight budget.
The 6-2, 212-pound Segal has played well in his limited role this year, with four goals and five assists (9 points) in 36 games while averaging 8:47 in ice time. He was picked up by the Stars on waivers from the Kings last season and has proved to be a nice role player.
``We obviously would love him to clear waivers and keep him in our system,'' said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. ``But if he is taken by another team, then we'll wish him well. The waiver system is in place for a reason, and it allows a player like Brandon the opportunity to stay at the NHL level if another team feels he can play there.''
If Segal clears waivers, he will then be exempt from waivers for his next 10 NHL games or 30 days on an NHL roster. He would go to the Texas Stars and play there, but it would also mean he could become a nice call-up option if the Stars suffered any injuries going forward.