Bayreuther signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Stars on Monday. The 25-year-old blueliner earned his first callup to the NHL in 2018-19 and appeared in 19 games for the Stars, logging two goals and three assists. He'll stick around for another year in Dallas and should get the chance to compete for a third-pairing role with the Stars during training camp.
Bayreuther was given a qualifying offer from the Stars on Tuesday. The blueliner averaged 18:11 of ice time in his 19 NHL games in 2018-19, while tallying two goals, three helpers and 25 shots. Bayreuther could be in the mix for the last defenseman spot on the roster next season, especially with an aging bottom-pair on the back end in Ben Lovejoy and Jamie Oleksiak (lower body). Bayreuther will get a two-way deal, worth $832,500 at both levels next season.
Bayreuther was demoted to the minors Friday. With Connor Carrick (foot) coming off injured reserve, Bayreuther finds himself heading down to AHL Texas as the odd man out. The blueliner averaged 18:11 of ice time in his 19 NHL games, while tallying two goals, three helpers and 25 shots. The New Hampshire native figures to top the short list of potential call-ups the rest of the year.
Bayreuther will be a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game against San Jose, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports. Expected to be back in action Saturday against the Avalanche, the 24-year-old's omission from Thursday's lineup is nothing besides a chance for him to hit the reset button. Bayreuther has two goals and five points in 13 games this season.
Bayreuther scored a goal and assisted on another Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime win versus the Flames. The 24-year-old's third-period goal tied the game at three and eventually led to Tyler Seguin winning Dallas the extra point in overtime. Adding to his night, Bayreuther also tallied an assist earlier in the game on a Stars' power play. In just eight games, the young blueliner has a pair of goals and two more assists. He's also posted a plus-2 rating since being recalled Nov. 15.
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