One of the most important moves the Dallas Stars need to make this offseason is re-signing goaltender Richard Bachman, then giving him every chance to earn the backup job on a permanent basis. After seeing Kari Lehtonen battle injuries most of the 2013 season, the Stars need to know that they have a reliable backup option in case that issue arises again.
With Jack Campbell still needing at least another season to develop in the AHL, the Stars would be wise to sign Bachman to at least a two-year deal. He’s in line for a slight raise from this past season, but after posting a 6-5 record with a 3.25 goals-against average, he’s by far the most reliable option in the organization. Campbell is a former top draft pick who will have every shot at backing up Lehtonen eventually, but has yet to go a full season as the top netminder for the AHL Texas Stars. Bachman and Cristopher Nilstorp were both in Texas as well, which limited the number of starts the young netminder could get.
Bachman won three straight games in April to help keep the Stars in the playoff hunt, and his stats and record would likely be a lot better if he had received more consistent offensive support. He’s still young and has some improvements to make, but has the most potential and upside of the three netminders that were in the organization this season. Lehtonen is signed through the 2017-18 season at a pretty hefty cap hit, so he will be given every chance to be the workhorse goaltender he was this season as the Stars try to get back to the playoffs. Having Bachman ready to spell him for the occasional start would be a great move for the Stars.