Dallas Stars sign Matt Fraser and Cameron Gaunce to one year, two-way contracts
Fraser, 23, skated in 12 NHL games during the 2012-13 campaign, earning his first career NHL goal against the Nashville Predators on Feb. 25 and recorded three points (1G-2A). Fraser appeared in 62 games this season with the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), notching 46 points (33G-13A) and finishing second on the club in overall scoring. He appeared in nine games during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs and notched two goals.
The 6-foot-1 native of Red Deer, Alta., finished this past season ranking first in the AHL in power-play goals (17), second in goals (33) and was named to the 2012-13 AHL Second All-Star Team. Earlier this season, he was selected to represent the Western Conference at the 2013 AHL All-Star Game. Fraser went undrafted and was signed as a free agent on Nov. 17, 2010.
Gaunce, 23, split the 2012-13 AHL season between the Lake Erie Monsters and the Texas Stars, skating in a total of 70 games and recording 16 points (2G-14A) with 98 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1 defenseman from Markham, Ont., was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Tomas Vincour on April 2, 2013. He has appeared in 11 career NHL games, all during the 2010-11 season with Colorado, recording one goal with 16 penalty minutes. Gaunce was Colorado's second-round selection (50th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.