When it rains, it pours for the Stars.
They have called up Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars to replace Brad Richards and give them 12 forwards for Tuesday's game at Edmonton, and it seems as the Stars will have a lot going on wiith their AHL affiliate this week.
The Texas Stars are playing in Cleveland Monday night against the Lake Erie Monsters, and that game will be important to the Dallas Stars for a couple of reasons.
One, Toby Petersen, who has missed 15 games with a leg injury, will skate in a one-game conditioning assignment in the AHL. Petersen will then join the Dalllas Stars in Edmonton on Tuesday. In addition, the Stars could call up one of the Texas Stars defensemen just to guard against another injury.
Dallas Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman is listed as doubtful for the next two games because of a hip flexor injury, leaving the Stars with six healthy defensemen. Because they play Wednesday at Calgary and Saturday at Vancouver, it might be nice to have an extra body around. However, the Dallas Stars have to be mindful that the Texas Stars also play at Lake Erie on Wednesday and at Grand Rapids on Friday.
What is clear is that a possible call-up on defense will not be Severin Blindenbacher. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said today that Blindenbacher has left the team and plans to return to Europe.
Blindenbacher was signed to a free agent contract in the summer and was hopeful he could make the NHL roster. However, he never played an NHL game and battled injuries with the Texas Stars. He played in 26 games and had a goal and nine assists.
``It's been a rough season for him with the concussion and everything, and he just decided it wasn't working out,'' Nieuwendyk said.