Earlier today it was reported that Mark Fistric had been recalled from the AHL to join the Stars tonight in Chicago. The move left everyone kind of scratching their heads, wondering if perhaps one the Stars' defensemen was hurt.
The reason is much simpler than that. Doug Janik is being sent down to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL for some conditioning, and Fistric was recalled as his replacement. Janik had not played since December 20th, and needed some time on the ice instead of just being a healthy scratch every night.
Here's the Dallas Stars press release on the Mark Fistric callup:
Fistric, 22, has appeared in 35 games for Manitoba this season, earning eight assists with 26 penalty minutes. He was originally assigned to the Moose on November 2 from the Stars. Fistric has played in 11 NHL games this season with Dallas, earning one assist with four penalty minutes.
The Edmonton, Alberta, native has appeared in 48 career NHL games with the Stars, earning three assists with 28 penalty minutes. Fistric also played in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games with Dallas last season, going scoreless with eight penalty minutes. He was Dallas’ first round selection (28th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Fistric is scheduled to join the Stars today in Chicago, where the team will take on the Blackhawks at United Center at 7:30 pm (CT, FS Southwest, News/Talk 820 WBAP).