• Stephan heads back to Swiss League

    News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports free agent goalie Tobias Stephan signed a contract with Geneva Servette of the Swiss Hockey League. He played the 2008-09 season with the Stars.
    Analysis: Stephan played in the Swiss League before making it to North America in 2006-07. Dallas tried to give him a chance in net, but he never seemed to adjust to a role as a backup to Marty Turco. He was 1-3-2 with a 3.49 GAA and .883 save percentage in 11 NHL appearances. Stephan might return to the NHL down the road, but can be dropped in all Fantasy formats.
  • Stephan allows six goals in OT loss

    News: Petr Prucha scored 53 seconds into overtime past Tobias Stephan to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Prucha took a pass from Shane Doan at the top right corner of the crease and shoved the puck past Stephan for a power-play goal just 16 seconds after Andrew Hutchinson was whistled for tripping. Stephan held a 1-0 lead in the first before Phoenix reeled off two straight goals. Dallas tied the game at 2 and then Stephan allowed the Coyotes to jump out to a two-goal lead. Phoenix held a 5-3 lead until Dallas tied the game with 58 seconds left. Stephan made 27 saves in the loss.
    Analysis: Stephan made his first start since March 1 Monday and would have likely gotten another start had he performed at a high level. He did not and Marty Turco is likely to jump back in net despite his recent struggles. Stephan hasn't seen a lot of time this season as a backup to Turco and that isn't expected to change down the stretch. Stephan still has minimal Fantasy appeal. The Stars TG is a No. 2 Fantasy option.
  • Stephan makes 17 relief saves

    News: The St. Louis Blues scored on three of their first eight shots against Marty Turco in a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. St. Louis took a 1-0 lead just 59 seconds into the game. David Backes skated in alone just inside the blue line and beat Turco for his 22nd goal. David Perron made it 2-0 at 6:32 on the Blues' third shot of the game, sliding the puck under Turco's left side for a two-goal lead. The Blues chased Turco after Brad Winchester made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 11:56, his 11th tally this season. Turco (30-25-8) allowed three goals on eight shots before being replaced by Tobias Stephan, who stopped 17 of 19 shots the rest of the way.
    Analysis: Stephan has made two March appearances since being recalled from the minors. He hasn't seen a lot of time this season as a backup to Turco and that isn't expected to change down the stretch. Stephan still has minimal Fantasy appeal.
  • Stephan falls in rare start

    News: Dallas G Tobias Stephan played for the first time since Jan. 8 on Sunday against the Penguins, allowing four goals and making 19 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Penguins. Marty Turco had made 32 consecutive starts before getting a break on Sunday.
    Analysis: Turco is starting basically every game, and if Turco goes on another games played streak, Stephan may not play again the entire season. Keep Stephan around only as a handcuff for Turco. Do not start him in any leagues in the upcoming scoring period.
  • Stephan back up with Stars

    News: The Dallas Morning News reports the Stars recalled Tobias Stephan from Bridgeport of the AHL and sent Brent Krahn back to Chicago of the AHL Tuesday.
    Analysis: Stephan went 4-0-1 during his stint in the minors and his confidence is back up after being a seldom-used backup for most of the season. Stephan is still likely to see little time in net with the way Marty Turco has been playing, so consider Stephan more of a long-term Fantasy keeper.
  • Stephan sent packing to AHL

    News: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Stars switched backup goalies Friday by sending Tobias Stephan to Bridgeport of the AHL and recalled Brent Krahn from Chicago of the AHL.
    Analysis: The 25-year-old Stephan has appeared in seven games with the Stars this season, going 1-2 with a 3.35 goals-against average and an .887 save percentage. He last appeared for Dallas Jan. 8. Stephan might be the future in net for Dallas, but Marty Turco is the present. Consider Stephan more of a long-term Fantasy keeper.
  • Stephan makes 13 saves in relief

    News: Stars G Marty Turco stopped 14 shots before being replaced by Tobias Stephan after two periods during Thursday's 6-1 loss against the Red Wings. "They're the top team in the league and they pretty much embarrassed up for 60 minutes," Steve Ott said. Turco has a 3-11-5 career record against the Red Wings and is 0-8-2 at Joe Louis Arena. "I know he went to school here (Michigan), he's from the Sault (St. Marie) in Canada, which is obviously a border city," Maltby said. "I don't know. I don't want to presume anything but we just try and go out and for some reason, he hasn't had a lot of success here, which is obviously good for us." Turco allowed four goals before Stephan made 13 saves on 15 shots in the third.
    Analysis: Stephan has had a few good moments in his rookie season, but he is still not ready to overtake Turco in net. Stephan remains just a flier in leagues that use average points per game.
  • Stephan loses to Predators

    News: G Tobias Stephan saw 37 shots come his way, but was only able to turn away 35 of them in a 3-0 loss to the Predators on Saturday. It was Stephan's third result of the season, putting his record at 1-2-0.
    Analysis: Stephan is clearly behind Marty Turco as the backup in Dallas. He has only played in three games and cannot be trusted to get consistent starts. He is at best a No. 3 goalie with potential as a flier. The Stars TG is a modest option.
  • Stephan makes nine saves in relief

    News: Marty Turco, who helped Dallas get within two games of a conference championship last season, stopped 14 of 19 shots and was pulled after the second period during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Sharks in favor of Tobias Stephan, who stopped 9 of 10 shots. Turco allowed two power-play scores and Stephan allowed just an even-strength score.
    Analysis: Turco, 1-4-3 at home, came into the game with the worst goals-against average in the NHL (3.50). Stephan didn't have a much better mark at 3.53. Hence the reason Dallas has stuck with Turco despite his struggles. Stephan might eventually overtake Turco in Dallas, but that appears in the very distant future. Continue to view Stephan as a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game.
  • Stephan can't repeat winning success

    News: Dallas backup goalie Tobias Stephan stopped 27 shots during Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks in his second straight start in place of struggling Marty Turco. Stephan earned his first NHL victory on Wednesday, 4-2 over Minnesota. Friday's start was only his second this season and third in the NHL. He allowed one power-play goal and four even-strength tallies.
    Analysis: The Stars entered the game with an NHL-worst 3.95 team goals-against average. Turco has a 4.26 goals-against and .842 save percentage. Stephan was back in net Friday because of a strong outing Wednesday, but he is still not close to dethroning Turco. However, do keep an eye on the situation. Continue to view Stephan as a No. 3 Fantasy goalie or flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Stars TG has high-end Fantasy potential.