ESPN Dallas reports that Stars' forwards Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell are doubtful for Wednesday's game at home against the Edmonton Oilers.
The nature of Benn's injury has not, to my knowledge, been disclosed but it seems like this is a day to day thing, unless the cover of the All-Star break provides a nifty excuse to not divulge a more serious condition. #conspiracytheories.
It certainly sounds like day to day. Click over ESPN Dallas for the quotes.
In the mean time the club has re-called Aaron Gagnon yet again, sent Francis Wathier back to Texas and also re-called forward Travis Morin. Travis is a product of the USHL system and is 27 years old. He's having a nice season with the Texas Stars (32 points in 45 games) but has not, according to hockeydb, ever played an NHL game.
Gagnon is accruing days with the NHL club and is close to his 10 game/30 day limit before needing to be sent through waivers again, having already played 8 games this season.
The release is after the jump.
How do you shuffle the lines with Benn out?
DALLAS STARS RECALL AARON GAGNON, TRAVIS MORIN AND ASSIGN FRANCIS WATHIER TO TEXAS STARS
Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled center Aaron Gagnon and center Travis Morin from the Texas Stars and assigned forward Francis Wathier to the Texas Stars, Dallas primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Gagnon, 24, has appeared in eight games for Dallas this season, recording two assists, including his first NHL point (Dec. 6 at Columbus). The 5-11, 186-pound center has spent the majority of this season with Texas, skating in 33 games and collecting 16 points (9g, 7a). Gagnon led the Texas Stars in scoring in 2009-10 with 58 points (27g, 31a). The Quesnel, British Columbia, native was signed by Dallas as a free agent on Feb. 2, 2007.
Morin, 27, has recorded 32 points (13g, 19a) in 45 games this season for Texas. The 6-2, 195-pound center played 80 games last season for Texas, finishing second on the team in scoring with 52 points (21g, 31a). Morin was signed as a free agent on July 12, 2010 and was originally selected in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (ninth round, 263rd overall) by the Washington Capitals.
Wathier, a 6-4, 208-pound forward from St. Isidore, Ontario, has appeared in one game this season for Dallas on Jan. 21 against Calgary. Wathier, 26, has played in 42 games for Texas so far this season and has recorded 22 points (12g, 10a). In 2009-10, he recorded 40 points (19g, 21a) and 101 penalty minutes in 76 games with Texas. Selected by Dallas in the sixth round (185th overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Wathier made his NHL debut last season with Dallas, appearing in five games and recording five penalty minutes.