Barber, 28, has been one of the most consistent offensive players in the AHL for years now, including this season when he had 28 goals and 53 points in 49 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. While that has only resulted in 16 appearances in the NHL (and zero points), he’ll be a huge help to the Texas Stars, where he can continue his outstanding minor league play.
There may be a handful of opportunities with Dallas but given how many other young players are in the pipeline, Barber’s addition is mostly about AHL success. Every team in the league now is committed to building a winning program in the minor leagues, seeing the impact it can have on the development of their young players. A veteran like Barber will help the program, even if he doesn’t move the needle very much for Dallas.