By Mike Meyer
Dallas Stars Writer
With injuries already in the offseason and preseason training to players such as: Tyler Seguin, Mattias Janmark, Cody Eakin, Devin Shore, Radek Faksa, Jason Dickinson, and Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars General Manager, Jim Nil was in luck to find an experienced, young NHLer to help with his club. Just days after being released from his PTO with the Florida Panthers, Dallas has signed forward Justin Fontaine to a new PTO. If a fit arises, Fontaine could play up and down the lineup, and provide the Stars with experience that up-and-coming players from the AHL Texas Stars and junior leagues may not have just yet.
Fontaine, 28, played the last 3 seasons with the Minnesota Wild where he has posted 68 points in 197 career games. Fontaine came in to the Wild’s system as a free agent in 2011 and suited up in the NHL for the first time in 2013. Through constant line shuffling and line mates, and at times watching from the press box to make room in the lineup for veterans, Fontaine arguably never had a way to grow at a consistent rate in Minnesota. With the ability to play perhaps with a better system and opportunity, Fontaine could find success in Dallas through Lindy Ruff’s system. If signed, Fontaine can quickly become a very sneaky and underrated asset for the Stars.