The Oklahoma City Blazers are in the CHL, which is below the ECHL, which is below the AHL, which is where NHL teams usually send players.
It’s freaking us all out a little bit. I don’t know that much about James Neal but I expected him to start out the year in the minors. But I did not expect Fistric to be sent down. I sure didn’t expect him to be sent to Oklahoma City. That’s like single-A ball.
Fistric was publicly chastised by the coach a few days ago, but there is no way that he has fallen that far out of favor. The Stars haven’t explained the move, or officially announced it, so we’re all hoping that it’s just shuffling for the sake of the cap and they have some deal in the works or some plan to get Fistric back up with the team. I have no idea why they’d pick the new guy, Janik, over Fistric for the long run. Janik is a journeyman and Fistric has top-four potential. In my opinion, he’s already met his top-six potential.
It didn’t take long for the new GMs to start having cap trouble, did it? I hope Sean Avery’s big paycheck is worth it.
Update: Looks like Chicago claimed Janik.
Update: Hold on here. Andrew’s Stars Page just reminded me that we picked up Janik on waivers from Chicago. And then they picked him back off waivers? And now Heika is saying Chicago traded him back to us? Sounds fishy. I guess that’s how the NHL rolls, though. Basically, the Stars and the Blackhawks had this conversation:
Stars: Hey, ‘Hawks, can you do us a favor?
‘Hawks: What favor?
Stars: Well, we…um, have to move some people around. We’re gonna have to put somebody on waivers but we don’t want to lose anybody. How ’bout we give you a 7th-rounder if you’ll pick him off waivers then give him back to us?
‘Hawks: Sigh. I guess.
Stars: Dude! Thanks!
‘Hawks: But this is the last time!