The Texas Stars announced Saturday that they were releasing defenseman Cam Barker from his professional tryout contract.
The 26-year-old Barker, the third overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, had 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) and a minus-5 rating in 23 games with Texas this season.
Barker attended Texas’ training camp on a tryout and then signed a 25-game professional tryout contract at the end of camp. The Stars, who hit the 25-game-mark tonight in Abbotsbford, could have signed Barker to a 25-game extension.
Earlier this week the Stars signed forward Taylor Vause to a second 25-game professional tryout contract. Vause, like Barker, signed a 25-game PTO at the end of Texas’ training camp. Vause has 1 goals, 0 assists and a minus-9 rating in 10 games with the Stars this season.
The departure of Barker leaves Texas with six defensemen on the roster, which opens the door for a player to be called up from the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.