We'll continue on the goaltending tandem news, which there haven't been many surprises and there won't be one for the Dallas Stars either, as Maxime Lagace made way to the Texas Stars of the AHL, leaving last year's tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi behind. The Stars pretty well made an even split of their goaltending in both the regular season and the playoffs and going into this year, there is no indication that this will change, barring injury, of course.
The Stars are down to 31 on their camp roster, no tryouts remaining, and they are almost under the cap ceiling as we speak, which is good news for them. By my count, they only have to clear out $220k, so there are no cap concerns today.
Some bigger demotions came off Long Island on Thursday morning, including top prospect forwards Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang, both were penciled in to try and make an impact this season. Both had some early season projections in the 30-point range, but this demotion will take that down significantly. Both players are heading to the AHL, eligible for call-ups, so they won't be zeroed out, but they are not considered pool worthy for draft day.
With the release of a couple handfuls of players, the Islanders are now down to 30 players on contract and one tryout, which is coming in at a shade under $3 million over the cap ceiling. Mikhail Grabovski will start the year on the Injured Reserve and if needed, could move to the LTIR for cap relief.