Stars' Fabian Brunnstrom to waivers

Updated: October 15, 2010, 5:05 PM ET
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Stars put Fabian Brunnstrom on waivers on Friday and if he clears he will head to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

"He's cool with it. He needs to play," said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "He's not playing right now. The team's going well. He wouldn't have been in the lineup tomorrow. So, we put him on waivers today."

The Stars did try to trade Brunnstrom, who struggled to find a niche with the team last season and has been a healthy scratch in the first three games this season.

"We'll see what happens on the wire. I know there are some teams interested, but I don't know whether they'll claim him," Nieuwendyk said. "I think it's just important that he gets playing again. It's hard from his standpoint to be a part-time player. Either way, we have to get him in games. Austin will be a good fit for him, if that's the case."

If Brunnstrom goes to Austin there's a good chance he'll be there for a while.

"Our intentions would be to leave him there for quite some time to get his game in order, get him play 18, 19, 20 minutes a night," Nieuwendyk said.

Nieuwendyk had a long talk with Brunnstrom on the bench following the team's practice in Frisco Friday morning.

"I just want to play," Brunnstrom said. "Of course, I want to play in the NHL. I just want to play, have some fun, get the rhythm going and start over."

Brunnstrom scored 17 goals in 2008-09, his first season in the NHL. Last season he struggled, scoring just 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in 44 games. He had a strong start to training camp this year, but then tailed off and has been unable to find a spot in the lineup.

"Last year was really tough. I started out pretty good this year, but kind of the same thing. It's frustrating," Brunnstrom said. "What can you do? I just want to start over, get a fresh start and work from there."

Teams have until Saturday at 11 a.m. CT to claim Brunnstrom. If no one claims him he'll head to the AHL.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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