The Dallas Stars made a minor trade involving minor-league players on Wednesday with the Arizona Coyotes.
Dallas sent wingers Branden Troock and Brendan Ranford to Arizona in exchange for goalie Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache.
“We approached Arizona about potentially making the deal,” Dallas Stars assistant general manager and Texas Stars general manager Scott White said. “We were looking for a bit of a veteran presence to help out in Texas in goal, and then we took the conversation from there.”
Adding Peters brings in a veteran goalie the Stars are lacking in their minor-league system. While Peters has struggled a bit in the AHL this season, the Stars don’t have a goalie in the minor leagues right now with any NHL experience and AHL-contracted Landon Bow has been the most reliable starter recently in Texas.
“He’s a veteran goalie and he’s got a bit of a pedigree,” White said. “Arizona was in a place where a couple kids have grabbed the net (in the AHL), and he was looking for a net and he wants to prove he can continue to play and he knows he’s (an) unrestricted (free agent) after this season. I think this was a good fit for all sides.”
Peters has played a trio of NHL games this season with Arizona.
It’s a trade that could provide a fresh start for all the players involved.
Ranford has struggled this season for the Texas Stars and hasn’t been an impact player in the AHL like he was in past seasons. Troock has spent time in the ECHL and likely wasn’t going to get re-signed when his entry-level contract expired.
Hache, 23, has spent most of the season in the ECHL.
“Our scouts in the field have looked at the depth they have in the backend in Arizona and he just wasn’t getting an opportunity,” White said of Hache. “For him it’s a chance maybe to play a bit more. Where it’s the same thing for Troock going to them.”
Here is the official release:
FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock.
Peters, 30, has split the 2016-17 season between Arizona and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League (AHL). The goaltender appeared in three NHL games with Arizona, posting a 0-1-0 record with a 3.16 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Peters also logged a 5-6-0 record with a 4.17 GAA and a .868 SV% in 12 AHL appearances with Tuscon.
Peters has posted a 3.08 GAA and a .901 SV% with three shutouts in 83 career NHL games with Carolina, Washington and Arizona. The netminder has also appeared in 270 career AHL games, posting a 2.81 GAA, a .906 SV% and 15 shutouts with Albany, Charlotte, Hershey and Tucson.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Blyth, Ont. was originally selected by Carolina in the second round (38th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.
Hache, 23, has split the 2016-17 campaign between Tucson (AHL) and the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. The defenseman recorded one assist (0-1=1) in five AHL contests with Tucson and has earned nine points (2-7=9) in 21 contests with Rapid City. Hache has registered 21 points (2-19=21) in 138 career AHL contests with Portland, Springfield and Tucson.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Bathurst, N. B. was originally selected by Arizona in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Ranford, 24, has recorded 17 points (6-11=17) in 36 games this season with Texas (AHL). The forward has posted 160 points (55-105=160) in 250 career AHL games, all as a member of the Texas Stars. Ranford also appeared in one NHL contest with Dallas.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Edmonton, Alta. was originally selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Troock, 22, has split the season between Texas (AHL) and the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The forward has registered four points (0-4=4) in 10 AHL contests with Texas this season. He has also earned nine points (7-2=9) in 15 ECHL games with Idaho. Troock has recorded 30 points (9-21=30) in 98 career AHL contests all as a member of the Texas Stars.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Edmonton, Alta. was originally selected by Dallas in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.