Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Frank Misuraca not returning?

Courtesy of Brandon Anderson
I just ran across an article online which states that Stars defenseman Frank Misuraca has signed a tender with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).  Click here to read the article.  Here's an excerpt:

Corpus Christi IceRays General Manager Pat Dunn announced today that the team has signed their final tender for the 2011-12 season.  The tender signing is defenseman Frank Misuraca, who becomes the team’s ninth and final tender signing.  Misuraca joins forwards Joe Ginley, Dmitry Ermakov, Chistian Elsborg, Eric Purcell; defensemen Chris Taff, Payden Mielke, Matt Wurst; and goaltender Cameron Holland on the final tender list.  To view the team’s tender signings, visit http://goicerays.pointstreaksites.com/view/goicerays/the-icerays/2011-tender-list.

Misuraca is a 5’11” 195 lb. denseman who spent the past two seasons playing for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL).  Born in September of 1991, the Clinton Township, MI native will be a 20-year old veteran at the start of the season.  In his first full season of USHL hockey, Misuraca played 46 games with one goal and five assists for six points.  In 2009-10, Misuraca split time between Kent Prep in Connecticut and the Stars, appearing in 10 games late in the season with the USHL squad.

Not sure what to make of this news.  Some players sign tenders to play for NAHL teams, but rarely do you see a player with the kind of USHL experience Misuraca has sign a NAHL tender. Unlike the USHL teams, NAHL teams are granted a specific amount of tenders each season, which they use to sign prospective players.  Think of a tender as an agreement the player signs to play hockey with a specific team.

Misuraca could be a casualty of the overager rule in the USHL.  Each season, every USHL team is only allowed to roster four overagers.  For this upcoming 2011-12 season, players born in 1991 are considered overagers.  From what I know, forward Brent Tate, defensemen Richie Coyne and Frank Misuraca were the three players from last season born in 1991 who could return next season.  Mike Taffe, the former University of Nebraska-Omaha goaltender who was recently selected by the Stars in the 2011 Entry Draft, would also qualify as an overager.

We'll have to wait and see what happens with this one.  I always thought Misuraca was a quiet, steady, stay-at-home defensemen for the Stars.  Not overly flashy, but he didn't need to be to get the job done.  I just assumed the Stars had plans for him again in Lincoln next season, but maybe I'm wrong.  The tryout camp is about two weeks away, so I should find out then if we will see him in a Stars uniform next season or not.

2 comments:

Yeti said...

I just received an email from a very good source regarding Frank Misuraca.

Misuraca was not protected by the Stars after the season ended, so apparently he will look at other opportunities in the USHL for the 2011-12 season. If those opportunities don't work out, there is the NAHL tender with the Corpus Christi IceRays to fall back on. Being a '91 (overager) with Tate, Coyne, Taffe, and possibly Dax Lauwers coming back next season, Misuraca would have been the odd man out. It was stressed to me that Frank harbors no ill will towards the Stars organization or the coaches, and he very much enjoyed his time playing in Lincoln.

Good luck to Frank wherever he lands next season.

starstruck said...

Very surprised that Frank will not be returning to Lincoln - he will be missed. We wish him success in landing a spot with another team - they would be lucky to have him on their roster!