The Stars placed veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich on re-entry waivers and expect to have him at practice on Tuesday.
That means that there is a very good chance that Nicklas Grossman (knee) and Karlis Skrastins (lacerated thigh) will not be ready for Wednesday's game against Anaheim. While the Stars had an optional practice today, it appears the defense will look like this for Wednesday:
The fact the Stars can lean on Mark Fistric (who has been a healthy scratch for the past five games but led the Stars in plus-minus last season) and Lukowich, who is the captain of the Texas Stars and played on Stanley Cup champions in Dallas (1999) and Tampa Bay (2004) says a lot about the depth at the position.
While Philip Larsen is the Stars' top prospect on defense, he is a smaller, skilled defenseman. They need a bigger, more physical defenseman on this call-up.
Loui Eriksson skated with his teammates and looked good. He said he does not have headaches and that his concussion-like symptoms feel much better. However, Stars coach Marc Crawford said Eriksson still has to go through testing before he can return to play.
Still, a hard solo skate on Sunday, an optional practice on Monday and an expected full practice on Tuesday should give fans a pretty good indication that the Stars' second-leading scorer could be back in a game soon.
There was no real update on Grossman today. He is having an MRI, but indications are he could have a pretty significant knee injury.