Dallas Stars: Dan Spang

Texas Stars Report: Roster decisions

March, 6, 2012
Texas announces Clear Day Roster

The Texas Stars announced their Clear Day Roster Tuesday. The 22 players on the roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless an emergency arises due to recall, injury or suspension. Teams can also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

Forward Ryan Garbutt is not on Texas’ Clear Day Roster, an indication that he is staying in Dallas for the remainder of the season. Tomas Vincour is on the Texas roster, which means he is eligible to be assigned back to the AHL.

Here is the Texas Clear Day Roster:

Goaltenders: Tyler Beskorowany, Andrew Raycroft

Defensemen: Jordie Benn, Jace Coyle, Brenden Dillon, Maxime Fortunus, Brad Lukowich, Drew Schiestel, Dan Spang

Forwards: Angelo Esposito, Michael Forney, Matt Fraser, Luke Gazdic, Scott Glennie, Eric Godard, Mike Hedden, Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour, Mathieu Tousignant, Tomas Vincour (recalled), Francis Wathier, Shawn Weller

Texas also has four players in residence: Scott Campbell, Matt Case, Jake Hauswirth, Hubert Labrie . Those players can only be used during the remainder of the regular season or the playoffs if a combination of three members of the 22-man roster are injured, recalled or suspended.

Sawada sent to St. John’s

The Dallas Stars assigned right wing Ray Sawada to St. Johns of the AHL on Friday. Sawada, Dallas’s 2nd round pick (52nd overall) in 2004, played only 26 games with Texas this season due to injuries.

The past week

Texas went 1-1-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 25-28-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 11 points out of a playoff spot.

Texas’ road losing streak hit eight games with a 2-1 loss at Abbotsford Friday night. Angelo Esposito scored the lone goal for Texas and Andrew Raycroft stopped 27 of 29 shots.

On Sunday, Texas snapped the road losing streak with a 4-1 victory at Abbotsford. Luke Gazdic scored two goals and Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour also scored. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 30 shots to get the win in goal.

Texas now returns home for a seven-game homestand.

The week ahead

March 7, vs. Grand Rapids
March 9, vs. San Antonio
March 10, vs. San Antonio


3/6: D Cameron Brodie released from PTO.

3/6: Buffalo assigned D Drew Schiestel from Rochester (AHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/6: F Nick Layton assigned to Allen (CHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Dallas assigned RW Ray Sawada to St. John’s (AHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Winnipeg assigned LW Michael Forney from Colorado (ECHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/2: Texas acquired LW Shawn Well from St. John’s (AHL) for future considerations.

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-0-0 over the past week and their winless streak hit 10 games (0-8-0-2). The Steelheads are 23-29-2-5 on the season and rank 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.

Texas Stars Report

January, 9, 2012
The past week

The Texas Stars went 1-0-2 over the past week and are now 15-16-3 on the season. They are in fifth place in the West Division, three points out of fourth place.

The Stars opened the week with a 4-3 shootout loss at San Antonio. Colton Sceviour, Matt Fraser and Eric Godard scored in regulation for the Stars, but Sceviour, Fraser and Travis Morin all failed to connect in the shootout. San Antonio scored on all three of its shootout chances against Andrew Raycroft, who stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime.

On Saturday, Raycroft stopped 25 of 27 shots as Texas beat Rockford 4-2 at Cedar Park Center. Brad Lukowich scored one goal and had two assists. Fraser, Ryan Garbutt and Francis Wathier also scored goals. Sceviour chipped in three assists.

The Stars lost 6-5 in overtime to Rockford at Cedar Park Center on Sunday. Rockford tied the game with 2:24 left in regulation and then won it 1:02 into overtime. Scott Glennie had two goals and one assist for the Stars. Fraser and Lukowich each had a goal and an assist and Sceviour and Morin each chipped in two assists. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 29 of 35 shots.

The week ahead

Wednesday January 11, vs. Abbotsford
Friday January 13, at Grand Rapids
Saturday January 14, at Milwaukee

Notes: Fraser to AHL All-Star Classic

*Texas Stars forward Matt Fraser has been named to the Western Conference team for the AHL All-Star Classic, which will be played January 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

*Fraser, who has 10 goals in the last 14 games, now has 19 in 34 games this season. He’s tied for fourth in the AHL and is tied for second among rookies. His 9 power play goals are tied for second in the league.

*Forward Colton Sceviour has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in the last seven games. Sceviour has 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) in 34 games this season.

*F Ray Sawada, F Mathieu Tousignant and D Dan Spang have been out with injuries for Texas.


*1/9: F Ian Lowe released from PTO

*1/8: G Jimmy Spratt released from PTO

*1/4: D Mike Berube signed to PTO

*1/4: D Brenden Dillon assigned Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

*1/2: D Brenden Dillon recalled by Dallas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads: Boise to host Dallas Stars 2012 training camp

The Idaho Steelheads announced over the weekend that the Dallas Stars would open their 2012 training camp this coming September in Boise, Idaho. The Stars will also host an NHL exhibition game against the Minnesota Wild on September 25, 2012, in Boise.

The Steelheads went 0-2-0 this past week and are 15-16-3 on the season. They are fourth in the ECHL’s Mountain Division.

It was an impressive season opener for the Texas Stars, who routed the Oklahoma City Barons, 7-0, Sunday evening at Cedar Park Center. It was also an impressive season opener for Dallas prospects Matt Fraser, Brenden Dillon and Richard Bachman.

Fraser, a left wing, had two goals, one assist and six shots in his AHL debut. Dillon, a defenseman, had three assists and a plus-three rating. And Bachman stopped all 21 shots to pick up the shutout in goal.

The Stars were all over Oklahoma City early, scoring 1:08 into the game off a shot from the point by defenseman Max Fortunus.

The Stars, who outshot Oklahoma City 17-3 in the first period, extended the lead to 3-0 with two five-on-three power play goals 15 seconds apart later in the period. Fraser scored from the right circle at 11:33 and Jordie Benn scored from the left point at the 11:48 mark.

The Stars scored three more times in the second. Dillon came out of the penalty box after a Texas penalty kill, got to the puck in the neutral zone and set up Fraser, who finished off an odd-man rush at the 8:27 mark.

Fraser set up the next goal, a power play tally by defenseman Dan Spang. Fraser’s blast from the right circle created a rebound that Spang knocked home at the 11:36 mark.

Just 33 seconds later Tyler Arnason scored on the rebound of a Francis Wathier shot to make it a 6-0 game.

Texas added one more in the third when Luke Gazdic scored on the power play, tipping home a Dillon shot from the point.

Texas ended up going 4-8 on the power play in the game.

The game boxscore is here.

Official Three Stars of the game

1. Richard Bachman
2. Matt Fraser
3. Brenden Dillon

Texas lineup


Spang-Jordie Benn

Bachman (starter)
Beskorowany (backup)

Seven Stars clear waivers

September, 26, 2011
FRISCO -- Seven Dallas Stars placed on waivers Saturday have all cleared. The seven players are Maxime Fortunus, Eric Godard, Brad Lukowich, Travis Morin, Raymond Sawada, Dan Spang and Francis Wathier.

Some of those players could be assigned to the Texas Stars in the next day or two.

Stars place seven players on waivers

September, 24, 2011
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars placed seven players on waivers Saturday. Some of those players soon could be headed to the Texas Stars, who open training camp early next week.

The players are : Maxime Fortunus, Eric Godard, Brad Lukowich, Travis Morin, Raymond Sawada, Dan Spang and Francis Wathier.

The most notable name on the list is Godard. It’s an indication that he could be starting the season in the AHL, although that is not written in stone. A lot could change between now and when the Stars' opening night roster is finalized.

The belief is that putting Godard on waivers Saturday, the first day of waivers, reduces the risk that he will be taken because teams are still at a point where they have several players on their roster. Another deterrent to a team taking Godard is he has a two-year contract and the second year is a one-way deal that will pay him $700,000 whether he is in the NHL or AHL.

The deadline for a team to put in a claim on any of the players is Monday at 11 a.m. Central Time.

Stars outlook: Defensemen

September, 6, 2011
The Dallas Stars defense has been considered a weak link by many over the last couple of years, but GM Joe Nieuwendyk conducted a significant overhaul of the blue line by bringing in three new defenseman over the last six-and-a-half months.

His first move was the acquisition of Alex Goligoski from Pittsburgh for left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen prior to last season’s trade deadline. Goligoski gave the Stars a skilled, puck moving defenseman and he didn’t disappoint. In 23 games with the Stars last season he registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) while averaging 26:04 of ice time.

“I think that’s been a focus for us is to improve our defense. Going back to the Goligoski trade, I think that was a very important trade for us,” said Nieuwendyk. “He’s going to take – if he didn’t already have a prominent role – he’s certainly going to take one this year. But now we’ve added some size.”

That size came via free agency. One addition was veteran Sheldon Souray (6-4, 233 pounds), who played in the AHL last season and has been plagued by injuries the last couple seasons. Some might see it as a risky move, but Nieuwendyk doesn’t

“Souray to me is not a gamble. I think we are getting a real motivated player,” Nieuwendyk said. “He’s an NHL player and plays with that edge that I like and I think that maybe we’ve lacked a little bit on our backend. He’s not fun to play against.

“On the other side, if he can develop some chemistry with (Mike) Ribeiro or Goligoski on that power play, we’ll have a weapon back there that we haven’t had for a few years either.”

The other addition was Adam Pardy (6-2, 220 pounds). He was slowed by injury last season, but the Stars think there is a lot of upside to the former Calgary Flame.

“Adam Pardy is a guy a lot people won’t know a lot about. I know even before my time in Dallas, even with the organizations I had been with, there was a lot of talk about keeping an eye on this kid because he was an up and comer,” Nieuwendyk said. “We think his mobility and his size are going to be a big asset for us.”

One of the goals this season is for the Stars defense to play a harder, more physical game and Nieuwendyk said some of the offseason moves will pave the way guys Nicklas Grossman and Mark Fistric to do just that.

“I think with the addition of two more big bodies back there with Souray and Pardy and the additions of big bodies up front with Eric Godard and Jake Dowell, and Krys Barch, we’ve toughened up our team at both ends,” said Nieuwendyk. “And I think that’s going to allow guys like Fistric and Grossman to really play physical and feel comfortable doing it.”

With Goligoski, Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley the Stars also have a strong group of mobile, puck moving defensemen. Robidas has been a rock on the Dallas blue line over the years. Although Daley will be 28 at the start of the season and playing in his seventh full NHL season, Nieuwendyk said there is still some untapped potential.

“He just has too many good tools to not be able to do more. I think this is going to be a big year for him,”
Nieuwendyk said. “Our defense is shaping up sort of the way I would like to see it in today’s NHL. You look at Chicago’s success and Detroit’s success over the years and you have defenseman that can move the puck and handle the puck and make plays. We’re getting that way with Goligoski and Robidas and Trevor is an important part of that. I think he is going to take a big step this year.”

With the changes in personnel – like at the forward position – there will be some work to be done on how the pieces fit together. Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said training camp and the preseason will be a time to try some different pairings.

“I know that Robi and Souray have played together in Montreal. Robi and Gross have played good together here. Who is a great complement for Goose and Dales as both are skating, puck moving guys?” Gulutzan said. “I think that will be mixed and matched a little bit too because you just don’t know what clicks. I’m sure the defensemen won’t know. The defensemen losing their partners won’t know exactly. With (Jeff) Woywitka not here with Dales, I am sure Dales is ready to try something new.”

Gulutzan also expects a competitive camp with the Stars having seven NHL defenseman under one-way contracts.

“Who is the clear cut seventh? I don’t think we have one, which is great for depth,” Gulutzan said. “There’s going to be some inner competition there for guys to elevate their games.”

Pushing for NHL time

Gulutzan said the Stars believe they have some good depth below those top seven defensemen. Veteran Brad Lukowich has 658 NHL games under his belt. Highly regarded prospect Philip Larsen has seen NHL duty each of the last two seasons. AHL veteran Maxime Fortunus played eight games for Dallas in 2009-10. And Brenden Dillon, a free agent signing out of Seattle of the WHL, was impressive with Texas of the AHL last season and is another highly regarded prospect.

“There are those four guy and outside of Lukowich, who is going to anchor that ship down in Austin, those three guys – Fortunus, Dillon and Larsen – are coming in to make a statement to stay here,” said Gulutzan. “We feel in our organization we have pretty good depth.”

The Dallas Stars have re-signed goaltender Richard Bachman to a one-year, two-way contract and have signed defenseman Dan Spang to a one-year, two-way deal.

Bachman, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent on a July 1, got a contract that will pay him $550,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 in the minors (with a guarantee of $80,000).

Bachman was the No. 1 goalie for the Texas Stars last season, posting a 28-19-5 record with 2.20 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. Bachman also made his NHL debut last season, stopping all four shots he faced in a relief appearance in a December 11 game at Phoenix.

The 27-year-old Spang, who was under contract with Texas last season, led the team in defenseman scoring and tied for fourth overall with 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 77 games.

He’s a good skating defenseman with good offensive skills. He has a history with soon-to-be Dallas head coach Glen Gulutzan, playing under him in Texas last season and in Las Vegas (ECHL) in 2008-09.

Spang gets $525,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 in the minors.

Here's the official release from the Stars:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed goaltender Richard Bachman and defenseman Dan Spang each to one-year, two-way contracts, placing them both under contract through the 2011-12 season.

Bachman, 23, made his NHL debut with Dallas on Dec. 11, 2010, at Phoenix, stopping all four shots faced in nine minutes. He spent the majority of 2010-11 as the starting goaltender for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Salt Lake City native appeared in 55 games last season, posting a 28-19-5 record with a 2.20 goals against average (GAA), which ranked fourth in the AHL, and a .927 save percentage (SV%), which placed third in the league.

The 5-10, 170-pound goaltender set numerous Texas team records this past season, including wins (28), shutouts (6), appearances (55), minutes (3,191), and saves (1,478). Bachman is Texas’ all-time leader in most goalie categories, going 32-23-5 all-time in 63 appearances. The second-year pro has played 3,637 minutes, posting a 2.19 GAA and a .927 SV% with seven shutouts.

Bachman played in 35 games for the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL in 2009-10, going 22-7-4 with a 2.25 GAA and a .910 SV%. He spent two seasons at Colorado College from 2007-09, posting a 39-20-9 record with the Tigers. Bachman was selected by Dallas in the fourth round (120th overall) at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Spang, 27, skated in 77 games for the Texas Stars in 2010-11, leading Texas defensemen in points with 37 (10g, 27a). He also played in six games for Texas during the 2011 AHL Playoffs, collecting four assists. The Winchester, MA, native has dressed in 264 career AHL games, tallying 114 points (26g, 88a).

Spang played four seasons at Boston University from 2002 to 2006 and skated in 146 games, posting 70 points (20g, 50a). He was originally drafted by San Jose in the second round (52nd overall) at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.