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Stars claim Jeffrey off waivers from Penguins

Nov 17, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

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The Dallas Stars helped out their forward depth via waivers on Sunday.

The team claimed forward Dustin Jeffrey off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jeffrey, 25, was in his sixth season with the Penguins when he was placed on waivers on Saturday. This season he’s played 10 games and has just one assist while averaging 10:50 per game of ice time.

Jeffrey is more of a center, but with guys like Vernon Fiddler, Cody Eakin, Shawn Horcoff, and Travis Morin he’ll have competition to fit in there or wind up playing the wing. He was squeezed out in Pittsburgh due to the play of Joe Vitale on the fourth line.

To make room for Jeffrey, the Stars sent defenseman Aaron Rome to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Jeffrey had one good season with us in 2010-11 but that mostly due in part with Malkin and Crosby being out. Initially I thought he was going to be good but we see how that went south quickly

  2. killerpgh - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I might be one of the only Penguin fans that like Jeffery. The problem he had in Pgh seems like the same problem he is going to have in Dallas. To many Centers ahead of him on the depth chart and he isn’t really suited to be a 4th line center. If he can get a fair shot on a team as a 3rd line center he should be able to fully develop into a serviceable player. That was never going to happen with Crosby, Malkin, Staal/Sutter taking the top 3 center spots in Pittsburgh. He had a ACL injury a few season back that to a while to fully heal after a few set backs and he never really seemed to get another quality look by Bylsma.

  3. rushledger - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I liked Jeffrey and this was the first year I could admit completely it wasn’t working out anymore. I hope he gets a fair chance Dallas, thanks for everything Dustin!

    • c9castine - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      exactly how i felt. his chances just kind of expired. he did some things, but the Penguins don’t look for you to do some thing they look for you to achieve your potential. His potential is…borderline BORDERLINE 2nd line center. problem is he never did enough to get consistent top 9 play like bennett did and like megna is looking like. megna erased any thought the pens had on keep jeffrey around. that all being said i think he would do well in a shallower organization because he has lots of experience on the wings and comes fairly seasoned for a young player. good luck to him.

  4. restohpens - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Watching Jeffery play the last two years has been painful. Doesn’t back check, doesn’t hustle, doesn’t ever make the start play, is constantly losing possession of the puck. Glass and Adams would be skating circles around his as he continues to make stupid play after stupid play. So damn happy he’s gone, maybe we can add some serious depth forwards now, DJ is a clown.

    And 7G 5P in 25 GP in 2010-2011 is not enough to justify having this joker on the roster or even saying he had “one good year.”

    • hockey412 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Speaking of stupid…how does one have 7 goals and only 5 points, exactly?

    • c9castine - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      you seem to have a lot of angst against a guy who didn’t play much, never in a very big role, and honestly didn’t play the game nearly as stupid as you claim.

      i think everybody is confused about the stat line you pulled out of your ass.

      i think the idea here was to drop a player from the roster, not replace. we are over the cap when healthy, this takes 900K off the books for a guy who isn’t fitting in anymore. relax

  5. rushledger - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Even in the revolving door playoff series against Philadelphia in 2012 Bylsma wouldn’t let Jeffery play one game. Same thing goes with 2013.

  6. gbfb88 - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I’m pretty excited to have him in Dallas. I see a lot of places he could fit in. Wing with Fiddler & Chiasson would be a nice spot for him. I liked him in Pittsburgh & thought he suffered from a logjam of talent. There may be a back up at C for the Stars, but he can slide in at wing on either of their bottom 2 lines.

    • c9castine - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      i like your optimism having watched him play for years if you give him his own line with those guys as a 3rd line i can see all of them flourishing and him having 15 goals 35-40 points. it’ll be nice for him that he knows Gologoski and Gonchar. like i said, your with the Penguins for the last 5 years you have seen some stuff, including crazy playoff runs. good to have for a young 100 game guy.

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