Veteran NHL Defenseman Joins AHL Stars on Conditioning Loan
CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has assigned forward Chris Mueller to Texas. Dallas also activated defenseman Aaron Rome from injured non-roster and loaned him to Texas on a conditioning assignment. Additionally, Dallas has placed goaltender Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve, retroactive to the game on Oct. 11 against Winnipeg, when he suffered a lower body injury.
Mueller, 27, signed a one-year, two-way contract with Dallas as a free agent on July 8, 2013. The West Seneca, New York native made the Stars’ opening night NHL roster and skated in the team’s season opener on October 3rd against the Florida Panthers. Undrafted, Mueller split the 2012-13 season between the Nashville Predators and their AHL-affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and six penalty minutes in 18 games for Nashville and registered 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) and 35 penalty minutes in 55 games for Milwaukee. Mueller has played 38 career NHL games, all but one with the Predators, and has played in 323 career AHL games for Lake Erie and Milwaukee.
Rome, 30, began the season for Dallas on an injured non-roster spot. The Nesbitt, Manitoba native signed a three-year contract with the Stars as a free agent on July 1, 2012. Last season Rome played in 27 games for Dallas in the lockout-shortened season, tallying five assists and 18 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, he has played in 201 career NHL games, recording 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists) and 174 penalty minutes for Anaheim, Columbus, Vancouver and Dallas. Rome also has played in 325 career AHL games for Cincinnati, Portland, and Syracuse, scoing 128 points (33 goals, 96 assists) and 681 penalty minutes.
Dallas returns to action Tuesday, October 15th against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver at 8:00 p.m.
After a rare week off, the Stars will travel to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, October 15th to face the Barons for a 7:00 p.m. face off at the Cox Convention Center. Texas will return to Cedar Park Center Saturday, October 19th as they host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:00 p.m. for another Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Night, a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and a Stars hockey puck giveaway presented by Austin Telco Federal Credit Union. Pro-rated full and partial 2013-14 Texas Stars Season Tickets are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
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