The Stars have added some defensive depth, acquiring defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Sabres in exchange for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick. Both teams have announced the swap. The pick will only be conveyed if Fedun plays in 25 or more games with Dallas this season.
Fedun has played in nine games so far this season with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester, collecting five assists. He will remain at the minor league level for the time being as the Stars have already assigned him to AHL Texas.
The 30-year-old has seen action at the NHL level in each of the last five seasons, amassing 46 games between the Oilers, Sharks, Canucks, and Sabres. Overall, he has two goals and 13 assists in that span while averaging a respectable 14:08 per night in ice time. He’s in the final season of a two-year, two-way deal that pays the league minimum $650K in the NHL and $300K in the AHL.
Dallas is in need of some depth on the back end as they’ve been bit by the injury bug. Connor Carrick, John Klingberg, Stephen Johns, and Marc Methot are all banged up at the moment which has stretched their organizational depth pretty thin. Fedun has shown in the past that he can be called upon when injuries strike so even though he’ll start in the minors, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him called up before too long.