Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dallas Stars Make Qualfiying Offers and Extend Brent Krahn's contract

The Dallas Stars have been very busy recently with the ending of the AHL Season as the Dallas Stars made 9 Qualifying Offers to players who were important in the team's successful first season which led them all the way to the AHL Calder Cup Final before losing to the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup Championship.

Most of these players are for the Texas Stars, but a couple from the Dallas Stars players are involved in this as well.

From the Dallas Stars & Texas Stars Websites.

Here's the players that the Dallas Stars made Qualifying Offers to these 9 players.

LW Fabian Brunnstrom

D Maxime Fortunus

C Aaron Gagnon

D Nicklas Grossman

C Perttu Lindgren

D Trevor Ludwig

LW James Neal

D Matt Niskanen

RW Raymond Sawada

The most notable Texas Star that didn't get a qualifying Offer was Right Wing Tyler Shelast.

Teams are required to extend a one year Qualifying Offer to any current RFA by June 28 in order to receive the first right refusal or draft choice compensation should that respective player sign an offer sheet with another NHL Club. The Qualifying Offers will expire at 4:00 PM CDT on July 15. Qualifying offers fall into three categories

  • A player whose salary was $660,000 or less must receive a qualifying offer of 110% of their prior year's salary.
  • A player whose salary is between $660,000 and $1 Million must receive a qualifying offer of 105% of their prior year's salary (but in no event such an offer must exceed $1 Million).
  • A player whose salary is over $1 Million must receive a qualifying Offer at 100% of their players salary.

If a team doesn't give a qualifying off to a RFA, he is eligible to become an UFA on July 1 and can sign with any team with no compensation required to the player's former club.

Stars Extend Brent Krahn's contract.

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed goaltender Brent Krahn to a one year two-way contract extension.

Krahn, 28, in 22 games for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, posting a 17-4-0 record and five shutouts with a 1.83 GAA and a .945SV%. He helped Texas reach the 2010 Calder Cup Championship appearing in 11 games in the postseason. He went 7-4-0 with a 2.48 GAA and a .924SV% in the 2010 AHL Playoffs.

The 6'4", 232 pound goaltender has played in 196 career AHL Games posting a 99-70-14 record including 19 shutouts. He was drafted ninth overall of the Calgary Flames in 2000 Entry Draft.

This is a good move because of his numbers and he did perform very well. If it weren't for the massive injury situation he's had over the course of his career, he would be well into the NHL by now and he's just shown to be very injury prone.

The reason why Climie cameback in the Final was his unsure injury situation even though it was known that Climie was getting tired from not having a suitable backup in place to take over for him on occasion. Does this show that the Stars are overlooking to the injury or are they still confident that he can have a solid NHL Career?

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