Dallas Stars: Trevor Ludwig

Sunday tidbits

August, 21, 2011
Here are some notes for a Sunday afternoon in August.

*Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan and his staff will get together in Frisco this week to start meeting and planning for training camp, which begins September 16. Gulutzan talked about the plan during an appearance on NHL Home Ice last week.

“We met as a coaching staff in July and then decided we are not going to meet again until the 22nd of August,” Gulutzan said. “We just wanted our guys to get away, spend time with the family and do those things. Certainly on the 22nd we’re going to head full into it. That week in July kind of put us ahead a little bit we thought, or on pace. Now it’s just about putting the things together that we talked about in July.”

*The Vernon Morning Star has an article on Eric Godard, the former Pittsburgh Penguin who signed as a free agent with the Stars this summer. Godard, one of the best fighters in the NHL, talked to the newspaper about moving to the Western Conference this season.

“It seems pretty active. There’s (George) Parros, (Kevin) Westgarth, (Paul) Bissonnette so I should be busy. I haven’t been too busy the past couple of years. Not too many games, so I’m excited to have a chance to get some more games.”

The full article is here.

*There is hope that Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi’s stalking horse bid for the Stars could be finalized in the next couple of weeks, meaning the process would be ready to move into bankruptcy court. The current target to file the case with bankruptcy court is in early September, most likely after Labor Day. That’s just people I talked to are saying is a target, not something set in stone. Also, it appears there is a good chance the case will be filed in Delaware. Once the case is filed we should have a better idea of a timeline for how long the process will take and how it might play out to see if Gaglardi or another possible bidder is the new owner of the Stars.

*Another former Star who hit the free agent market on July 1 has signed a contract, but this time it’s a tryout deal. According to Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets will bring former Texas Stars defenseman Trevor Ludwig into training camp on a tryout contract. Ludwig hasn't played in the NHL, but was called up to Dallas last season and ended up being a healthy scratch for three games.

Texas Stars/Idaho Steelheads Report

April, 4, 2011
The past week

The Texas Stars went 1-2-0 over the past week. The Stars are currently 40-26-10 and are currently in third place in the AHL’s West Division.

The Stars opened the week with a 3-2 overtime win over Chicago Friday at Cedar Park Center. Philip Larsen scored the game-winner 38 seconds into the extra period. Colton Sceviour and Maxime Fortunus also scored for Texas. Richard Bachman stopped 29 of 31 shots.

On Saturday, the Stars lost 2-0 at Oklahoma City. Bachman made 33 saves for the Stars, who were outshot 35-22 in the game.

The Stars lost 5-1 to Rockford at CPC on Sunday. Travis Morin scored the lone goal for Texas. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 31 of 36 shots.

This is the last week of the regular season in the AHL. The Stars play four games, two on the road and two at home.

AHL playoff race

With four games left in their season, the Stars sit in third place in the AHL’s West Division, where they top four teams will make the playoffs and a fifth team could make it as well if it finishes with more points than the fourth place team in the North Division.

The Stars currently have a three point lead on the fifth place team in the West Division, a four point lead on sixth and a five point lead on the seventh place team.

Here’s a look at the AHL’s West Division standings.

The week ahead

Wednesday April 6, at Peoria
Friday April 8, at Milwaukee
Saturday April 9, vs. Oklahoma City
Sunday April 10, at San Antonio


*Injuries: D Trevor Ludwig (upper body)


*4/1: F Stephen Schultz signed to ATO

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads finished the regular season with a 32-27-13 record, which placed them fifth in the ECHL’s Western Conference. The Steelheads take on Las Vegas in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Here are the statistics for the Texas Stars and Dallas players in Idaho.

Trevor Ludwig sent back to AHL

February, 20, 2011
The Stars have assigned defenseman Trevor Ludwig back to the Texas Stars of the AHL. He was recalled February 15, but didn't play in any games. Here's the release from the team:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Trevor Ludwig to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Ludwig, 25, was recalled by Dallas on February 15 but he did not appear in an NHL game. He has played in 50 AHL games this season with Texas and has recorded six assists and 50 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 216-pound defensemen from Rhinelander, Wisc., spent the majority of the 2009-10 season with Texas, playing 47 games and collecting eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) and 62 penalty minutes. Ludwig was Dallas' sixth round selection (183rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Stars activate Toby Petersen from IR

February, 15, 2011
The Dallas Stars have recalled forward Toby Petersen from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars and activated him from injured reserve.

Petersen, who has missed the last 16 games with a leg injury, is expected to return to action tonight as the Dallas Stars take on the Oilers in Edmonton. Petersen played with the Texas Stars last night in Cleveland.

To make room for Petersen on the roster, the Stars have assigned left wing Francis Wathier back to the AHL.

The Stars have also recalled defenseman Trevor Ludwig from Texas. Ludwig, the son of former Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig, is not expected to play tonight. With Nicklas Grossman out with a hip injury, Matt Niskanen will be back in the lineup after missing the last three games.

Lehtonen in net, Petersen expected to return

February, 15, 2011
Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net tonight for the Dallas Stars as they take on the Oilers in Edmonton. It will be his fifth straight start in net.

Nicklas Grossman will not play due to the hip flexor injury he suffered in Sunday's game against Columbus.

The Stars are expected to announce later today that Toby Petersen is being recalled from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars. Petersen played last night in Cleveland with Texas. He should be in the lineup tonight.

Also, the Stars are expected to defenseman Trevor Ludwig from Texas as well.

Thursday skate in Frisco

September, 2, 2010
More Dallas Stars players are coming into town and are skating at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Frisco. The number is in double figures now.

Trevor Daley, Brian Sutherby and Luke Gazdic are the latest players to join the morning skates that already include Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas, Mike Ribeiro, Kari Lehtonen, Matt Niskanen, Toby Petersen, Karlis Skrastins and Trevor Ludwig.

“There’s excitement to get going. It’s been a long summer,” said Daley. “Because we were done so early and I was up in Canada, I had no choice but to watch the playoffs and hear about it every day. That got me real hungry to get back going again. I’m anxious to get started."

Loui Eriksson, Fabian Brunnstrom and Philip Larsen just arrived after a long overseas flight, and were out in Frisco today. None of those players skated today, but he could be out there tomorrow. Brunnstrom did some off-ice work.

Here’s some video of the players on the ice today.

Stars announce defensemen deals

July, 16, 2010
As expected, the Dallas Stars announced today that they have agreed to terms with defensemen Brad Lukowich, Maxime Fortunus and Trevor Ludwig. All are two-way deals. Fortunus' contract is for two years and Lukowich and Ludwig signed for one year.

Here's part of the release.
Fortunus, 26, made his NHL debut with Dallas last season, recording four penalty minutes in eight games. He spent the majority of the season with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL), skating in 72 games and recording 23 points (11g, 12a). The 6-1, 198-pound defenseman helped Texas reach the Calder Cup Finals in the club’s inaugural season in the AHL, playing in 24 games and tallying nine points (2g, 7a). The La Prairie, Quebec, native was originally signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 3, 2008.

Ludwig, 25, split time last season with the Texas Stars and the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He finished the season with Texas, collecting eight points (3g, 5a) and 62 penalty minutes in 47 games. The 6-0, 205-pound defenseman also appeared in 19 playoff games for Texas, recording one assist and 18 penalty minutes. The Rhinelander, WI native was Dallas’ sixth round selection (283rd overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Lukowich, 33, has played 653 career NHL games and helped both Dallas (1999) and Tampa Bay (2004) win the Stanley Cup. Over his NHL career he has accrued 113 points (23g, 90a) and 369 penalty minutes. Lukowich has dressed in 71 NHL playoff games notching six points (1g, 5a) and 22 penalty minutes.

The 6-1, 200-pound defenseman played 224 games for the Dallas Stars from 1997-2002. Last season he split time with Vancouver and the Texas Stars, skating in 13 games for the Canucks, collecting two points (1g, 1a) and four penalty minutes. The Cranbrook, British Columbia, native appeared in 29 games with Texas, tallying 18 points (3g, 15a) and 10 penalty minutes.