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Stars add Justin Fontaine on professional tryout

Forward expected to play in Friday's preseason game vs. Los Angeles

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It was a busy day on the roster front for the Dallas Stars, who added one player, assigned four to the Texas Stars and placed two on waivers in anticipation of sending them to the AHL.

The player added was right wing Justin Fontaine, who is signing a professional tryout contract with the Stars. Fontaine, who has played the past three seasons with the Minnesota Wild, was just released from a professional tryout with the Florida Panthers.

"It's just adding another body to camp," said Stars GM Jim Nill.

Fontaine is expected to play with the Stars in Friday night's preseason finale against the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas.

The 28-year-old Fontaine, a right-shot who is listed at 5-10, 174 pounds, registered 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists) in 197 games the past three seasons with Minnesota.

"He's got good speed, and he's been an NHL player the last three years," Nill said. "It's a chance to look at a player and go from there."

The addition of Fontaine comes as the Stars battle a rash of injuries in training camp, all of them among the forward group.

The Stars trimmed their roster by four players Thursday. Forwards Travis Morin, Remi Elie, Cole Ully and goaltender Maxime Lagace were assigned to the Texas Stars of the AHL. Also, forwards Justin Dowling and Matej Stransky were placed on waivers Thursday. If they clear, they will be headed to Texas as well.

Injury Notes: Shore should play Friday; Seguin still on target for season opener

*Stars center Devin Shore, who suffered an ankle injury the first weekend of training camp, is expected to play in Friday's preseason finale against Los Angeles.

"Shore looks like he is a player Friday," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

With the Stars banged up at center, Shore would be a likely option to fill the void, but he has missed a lot of playing time the past ten months. He didn't play the second half of last season in the AHL due to shoulder surgery. He did get in four games at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City last month, but now he's missed most of the preseason. So, could he land a roster spot with the Stars if he has a strong game Friday?

"That's hard to say," Ruff said. "In all fairness to judge him on one game when he hasn't been in on any game action or any real hard practice action, but we feel he is ready and we've taken a little extra time with him. We'll see how it goes for him and we know how he played in Traverse, which we will base most of the opinion off of that. And we're making sure that getting him in this last game is the right thing to do."

*Tyler Seguin practiced again on Thursday and looked good. Ruff said Seguin, who is recovering from a hairline fracture in his heel that he suffered at the World Cup of Hockey, is on target to play in next week's season opener.

"Tyler is still progressing and in all likelihood he will play [opening night], but he won't play [Friday]," Ruff said. "When he is comfortable where he is, that is when he will play. He is moving that direction. Every day has been more work. It's hard stepping in without game action. The best thing is that leading up to that [injury] he had a couple weeks of hard work going in with the World Cup team."

*The news wasn't as positive on forward Ales Hemsky, who has been out with a groin injury that he suffered at the World Cup. Hemsky did not skate Thursday.

"Hemsky has been re-evaluated, and he was off today," Ruff said. "We'll see where he is Monday or Tuesday. He didn't skate today, which is pushing him back a little bit. Don't know where he'll be for opening night. That's a question now."

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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