Stars release Fontaine, demote Honka
The Dallas Stars still have some decisions to make with 27 players on their training camp roster, but they got some work done on Sunday.
To the AHL: Julius Honka and Gemel Smith
Released from PTO: Justin Fontaine (pictured)
One cannot help but wonder if someone might take another look at Fontaine. He’s only 28 and has 197 NHL games under his belt, including 60 with the Minnesota Wild in 2015-16.
Honka stands out as the 14th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Stars are transitioning to a younger defensive group, and one would assume that the Finn will be a key contributor sooner or later.
Honka has already showed promise at the AHL level, especially in 2015-16, when he generated 44 points in 73 games for the Texas Stars.
The team’s updated roster can be found here.