The problems Brenden Morrow has with his neck, back and shoulder aren't getting better, at least not quickly.
Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan announced Friday that the captain will miss at least "a couple of more weeks" trying to rest and rehab his injury into submission.
The announcement also came with a little bit more disclosure about what Morrow is actually dealing with.
Morrow has some stiffness in his upper back, neck and shoulder that makes it difficult to turn his head, and the problem has been ongoing for at least the last 18 months or so. He was originally treated with injections, which I assume is something along the lines of a cortisone injection.
``The injections were great at first, and they really solved the problem,'' Morrow said. ``But the first one lasted a year, and then the next one maybe five or six months, and then the next one a month or so, and then this last one maybe seven days. So we have to take a different approach to this.''
As the story mentions, the trade deadline is 17 days away, and who knows what effect an injury like would have on his potential availability.
- There were two possible takes on Friday's shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres, which were nicely summed up by the media outlets that cover the Stars. The first, that the Stars let one get away, is represented by this gamer from Mark Stepneski. [ESPN Dallas]
- The second, represented by this paywalled gamer by Mike Heika, is that it was a baby step forward from both the recent compete issues and the issues with back-to-backs. The three points were the most the Stars have gotten out of back-to-backs this season. [DallasNews.com]
- Teams have a really annoying habit of getting big-time players back and healthy against the Stars, and Buffalo continued that trend as the Thomas Vanek came back from injury and made an immediate impact. [Buffalo News]
- Credit to the Sabres, though, they have been playing really well recently and are threatening to get back into the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. [NHL.com]
- Mac Engel opines on who exactly the Stars might be shopping at the trade deadline if they fall out of the race in the next few weeks. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- I like to take projections with a big grain of salt for a variety of reasons, and this isn't really a projections story per se, but it does draw some very interesting comparisons about one of the Stars young studs. Get your hopes up at your own risk. [WFAA]
- Wen general manager Bob Murray put the Anaheim Ducks players on notice, one of the players he notably excluded was ageless wonder Teemu Selanne. But this article makes it sound like Selanne could put himself on the market, and teams like the Detroit Red Wings might be interested. [Orange County Register]
- This is a pretty solid collection of notes and thoughts, including a good discussion at the top of why this might be a fairly quiet trade deadline. [The Globe and Mail]
- Meet the enemy: The Los Angeles Kings are back in their can't-buy-a-goal rut and lost one of last season's more dangerous scorers Friday when they placed Jarret Stoll on injured reserve with the dreaded lower-body injury. [ESPN Los Angeles]
- Around the Pacific Division: The San Jose Sharks sent the Chicago Blackhawks to their seventh consecutive loss with a 5-3 home win. The Hawks are reeling right now and have picked up only one of 10 possible points in their recent road trip. George Parros scored his first goal in more than a year for the Anaheim Ducks, but it wasn't enough as they fell 2-1 in the shootout to the Red Wings. [Chicago Sun-Times/Detroit Free Press]
- Other scoreboard watching: Ryan O'Reilly scored with two seconds remaining in overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Avs and Stars are tied with 59 points, one point behind eighth-place Phoenix and three behind LA. [Denver Post]
- The Stars lost in the shootout on Friday, but at least Kari Lehtonen didn't go bananas like this junior hockey goalie from Ontario. Fun YouTube video included in the link. [Buzzing the Net]
- Goalies are generally fairly odd ducks to begin with, but Lehtonen cracks me up by just how laid back he always seems, whether it's after a big save or in the post-game interviews.