Brunnstrom era on hold in Dallas

It seems like the biggest problem that is the Dallas Stars’ two-headed general manager/monster of Brett Hull and Les Jackson is they seem to throw darts and hope for the best.

First, there was Sean Avery. Endorsed heavily by former Detroit Red Wings teammate Hull, Avery’s career in Dallas flamed out after 23 games because of his big mouth.

Please refer to: Seconds, Sloppy. After that, please see: Cuthbert, Elisha and Phaneuf, Dion.

On Tuesday, the Stars assigned highly sought-after forward Fabian Brunnstrom to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

One hand, Big ‘D’. Other hand, Winnipeg. I hope Brunnstrom enjoys the fine venues the ‘A’ offers in exotic locales like Grand Rapids, Peoria, Rockford and Des Moines.

Last spring, Brunnstrom was the being courted by a handful of NHL teams after two solid seasons in his native Sweden.

He’d just finished with Farjestads BK Karlstad in the Elite League, recording nine goals and 28 assists in 54 games. In 2006-07, he was with Boras HC in the second division, and had 37 goals and 36 assists with a plus-51 rating in 41 games.

Detroit looked into the 23-year-old Brunnstrom’s services, and with fellow countrymen Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom on the Red Wings, would anyone have been surprised if he’d joined them?

The Montreal Canadiens also were considered a possible destination, as were the Toronto Maple Leafs – probably to replace another Swede in Mats Sundin.

“All of the other teams and clubs, like Montreal and Detroit, were good but I just felt that Dallas was a little bit better for me," Brunnstrom said. "I really enjoyed the town and the people around the Dallas organization. I got a chance to visit the practice facility and the American Airlines Center and I thought everything was great."

Doesn’t really say what he was able to bring to the team, does he?

Upon Brunnstrom signing a two-year deal, Jackson had this to say.

"We are very excited to get the caliber of player that Fabian is," he said. "He is a very good prospect and will definitely be a nice addition to our group of younger players."

Brunnstrom’s career stateside did get off to a historic start. On Oct. 15 in leading the Stars to a win over the Nashville Predators, he became the third player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his first game.

In 30 games after that, Brunnstrom had seven goals, four assists and was minus-8. He got less than 10 minutes of ice time in 10 of those contests.

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