Dietz looking to make an impact among new faces

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For a team searching for consistency, the Stars welcomed another new face to their ever-changing roster. 

Defenseman Darren Dietz was reassigned to Texas from the Hershey Bears ahead of last weekend’s two-game series against the Iowa Wild. In exchange, defenseman Mattias Backman was assigned from the Stars to the Bears.

“They want me to just be me and be the player that I am and we’ll go from there,” Deitz said. “I like to think of myself as a defenseman that is going to make a good first pass, play well in his own end and bring a physical element to the game where possible.”

Dietz, a former fifth-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2011, made 39 appearances for the Bears this season, scoring six goals and tallying six assists. He was called up for 13 games with the Canadiens and scored one goal with five assists.

The Stars played two games against the Wild last weekend, losing 5-1 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday. They then traveled to face the San Antonio Rampage on Monday night and lost 2-1 in a shootout. 

Dietz appeared in all three games and recorded just two shots.

“He made some good plays and he got stung on a couple other ones,” Stars head coach Derek Laxdal said. “He did fine with the puck overall, but we’ll go back and look at the tape there. Our back end has got to move the puck quicker and cleaner and we have to be on the same page.”

The move is the latest of a flurry of activity the Stars have been a part of. They acquired veteran goalie Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Tucson Roadrunners in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock in early February. 

With Dallas being a feeling club at the trade deadline, they saw the likes of Mark McNeill and Dillon Heatherington come in a couple games ago. 

Forward Remi Elie was called up to Dallas and is establishing himself as the season progresses. He has one assist and scored his first career NHL goal in the Stars’ 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. 

Texas was already falling behind after splitting a pair of games with the Grand Rapids Griffins last week before the three-game losing streak. 

The Stars have back-to-back games on the road against defending Calder Cup Champions Cleveland Monsters on Friday and Saturday night before returning home for four straight games beginning March 22 against Tucson. 

“I want to make a good first impression and be the player I know I can be and just bring what I can to the team,” Deitz said.

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