The Lahti Pelicans of Finland’s top league announced that they have signed Ryan Potulny.
The 30-year-old forward is a product of the University of Minnesota and was a finalist for the 2005-06 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He recorded 38 goals and 63 points in 41 NCAA contests that season while playing on a team that also featured Phil Kessel, Alex Goligoski, and Blake Wheeler.
The Philadelphia Flyers took him with the 87th overall pick in 2003. He has 22 goals and 49 points in 126 NHL contests with the Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Edmonton Oilers.
At his height, he scored 15 goals and 32 points in 64 games with Edmonton in 2009-10.
He spent the 2014-15 campaign with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, scoring two goals and five points in 25 games.
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill has some big decisions to make when it comes to his team’s goaltending.
Does he try and trade Kari Lehtonen?
If yes, who will be the starter?
If yes or no, who will be the backup?
According to the Dallas Morning News, Nill is in the process of answering those questions.
Only the Edmonton Oilers had a lower team save percentage than the Stars did in 2014-15. Goaltending was a major reason that Dallas missed the playoffs.
As we wrote last week, there’s no shortage of options for teams in need of a goalie.
All that supply may hurt the Stars’ chances of trading Lehtonen, a 31-year-old who comes with a cap hit of $5.9 million for three more seasons.
Perhaps partly because of that, Nill seems to be preparing for Lehtonen to remain with the Stars.
“What’s impressed me is the fact Kari feels he didn’t do a good enough job and he wants to do everything he can to fix it,” Nill said. “So we have to look at how he prepares himself and how we support him, and how he can be better, and how we can help him be better.”
A better backup would be a good start.
Related: Stars’ Jussi Rynnas to sign in the KHL, per report
According to a report out of Finland, goaltender Jussi Rynnas will sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Rynnas spent much of the 2014-15 season with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League posting a 22-6-8 record to go along with a 2.53 G.A.A. and a .920 save percentage.
The 28-year-old also appeared in two games with the Dallas Stars going 0-1-0 with a 4.57 G.A.A. and an .841 save percentage.
Rynnas has one year remaining on his two-year, $1.1 million contract he signed with Dallas last summer.
Blackhawks’ property Anders Nilsson, who is eyeing a return to North America, started a bulk of the games for Ak Bars Kazan during the 2014-15 season.