Heatherington re-signed Tuesday with the Stars on a one-year, two-way contract. Dallas will keep Heatherington in the fold and presumably allow him to compete for a third-pairing role in training camp after he logged 11 games at the NHL level between the past two seasons. Should he fail to win a spot on the Stars' opening-night roster, the 24-year-old would likely report to AHL Texas, where he tallied two goals and 22 assists across 73 games in 2018-19.
Heatherington received a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday. The 25-year-old played just five games in the regular season at the NHL level, but was able to make his postseason debut for Game 5 against St. Louis. He likely won't be a fantasy contributor next season, as evidenced by his two career assists in 11 NHL games.
Heatherington will slot into the lineup for Friday's Game 5 matchup against the Blues, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Friday will mark Heatherington's first action in an NHL playoff game, as he'll slot into the third line in place of the injured Joel Hanley (upper body). The Alberta native has spent most of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, but has logged one assist, a plus-4 rating and six hits over five games with the big club while averaging 10:11 of ice time.
Heatherington was reassigned to AHL Texas on Sunday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. Heatherington averaged 10:11 through five games, dishing out six hits and recording a plus-4 rating. It appears either Marc Methot (lower body) or Roman Polak (illness) will be ready to play Monday versus the Blue Jackets.
Heatherington was called up from AHL Texas on Friday. The Stars placed another defenseman in Connor Carrick (foot) on injured reserve Thursday, so Heatherington figures to be on hand for Saturday's road game against the Capitals. However, there's no guarantee he makes his season debut with the parent club since Julius Honka and Roman Polak are available as a third-pairing cohort.
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