In the wake of sending Jamie Oleksiak back to the Texas Stars, Trevor Daley getting hurt, and Kari Lehtonen being placed on injured reserve, the Dallas Stars had some room to make alterations to their roster Monday afternoon and did so with the re-calling of Jordie Benn and Matt Fraser.
They then reassigned Tomas Vincour to the Texas Stars along with, and here was a bit of a surprise, Tom Wandell, who will technically be on a "conditioning assignment" that can last at most two weeks.
Wandell hadn't played for Dallas since logging eight minutes of fourth-line time on January 29th in Detroit, and has seen others like Ryan Garbutt and Antoine Roussel pass him on the depth chart, prompting many to wonder if this is a sign of "the end" for the speedy Swede.
It reminds one of a summer Twitter conversation between Mark Stepnski and Mike Heika- Dallas Stars media stalwarts. Erin quoted these tweets in June, but they're still so apropos, we'll use them one more time...
@MikeHeika: With Eakin in, I just don't see where Wandell fits. But I guess we'll see.
@andrewsdsp: @mikeheika Seriously, he's an asset. Why would you just let him walk?
@MikeHeika: @andrewsdsp Same reason you look back and wonder why they signed Krys Barch or Adam Pardy. What if he doesn't fit and you're stuck with him?
The off-season conversation continued like that on this blog, on their blogs, and many other places - Not the least of which must have been among the Stars' front office internally.
We'd like to think they were both right. NHL teams don't generally just lose assets for nothing, but they do appear to be "stuck" with him now as Heika speculated. That's just the cost of doing business.
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