They are hoping he makes it through and he is able to go to the minors. If he is assigned to the minors, he would probably spend the entire season there, as he would probably get picked up on re-entry waivers at half price if the Stars tried to bring him back up.
The Stars say a year in the minors could do Brunnstrom some good.
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he looked to trade Brunnstrom, but could not find a taker. Brunnstrom is on a one-year contract for $600,000, so he seems like he could have value to a team. We'll know by 11 a.m. if a team has put a claim in on him.
The Stars will probably go with 13 forwards even though Jamie Benn is still injured (concussion-like symptoms). They can always call up an extra guy if they need to. However, Benn looks like he might be able to play Monday at Tampa Bay, and there's no sense in calling up Tomas Vincour or Aaron Gagnon if they're just going to be a healthy scratch.