Dallas Might Be Done, But Texas Is Just Warming Up

Dallas, giving up three straight goals including the OT game winner on Sunday night, has officially been scrubbed from the postseason existence of 2014. That’s a bummer too. We watched a so-so team emerge as a squad that could contend with the Anaheim Ducks in a fight nearly to the death. Like every playoff run that comes to an end, you quickly look at the positives, negatives, and consequences of bowing out before the Cup has been raised. For Dallas, the positives immediately come to mind, and that’s the possibility of a few players, really good players, returning to the American Hockey League for another version of a postseason run.

Slated to make returns to the Texas Stars to stitch up their first round winning ways are defenseman Patrick Nemeth, forward Chris Mueller, and Dustin Jeffrey. Not eligible (and thank goodness for Barons fans and anyone else the team will face) is Colton Sceviour. Much like Martin Marincin being absent from the Barons “eligible” roster on trade deadline day, Sceviour was not paper transacted at that time, and will not return to Texas for the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

Via Sean Shapiro at ‘Wrong Side Of The Red Line’:

Chris Mueller, Colton Sceviour, Dustin Jeffrey, and Patrik Nemeth are the only current Dallas players eligible for the AHL playoffs.

If, or when, Dallas is eliminated from the playoffs before its AHL affiliate Mueller, Sceviour and Jeffrey would have to pass through waivers to join the Texas Stars. Nemeth is waiver exempt, so he could be sent down immediately.

His immediate thoughts following last night’s Texas Stars OT defeat:

Even without Sceviour, the Texas Stars get much better. Nemeth is another cannon in the blue line arsenal, Mueller a tricky forward with some age, and Jeffrey’s yeoman like tendencies – this just makes the Western Conference juggernaut a bit more frightening.

The series heads to Cedar Park for the final three games (if necessary, please be necessary), and the Barons have some work to do. It’s going to be an uphill battle, in a blinding snowstorm with two left feet. More analysis on walking with two left feet coming soon…