With just one game remaining this season and the Dallas Stars officially eliminated from the postseason, the team feels that this is a good time to let some injured veterans rest and get a good look the young talent that is making it's way up the system. The Stars recalled Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn and Scott Glennie from the Texas Stars today and it was announced after practice that Reilly Smith and Richard Bachman will both be playing as well.
Gulutzan stated this afternoon that the Stars will take this time to rest some players that have been playing injured, opening up the opportunity for a few players to make an impression before the offseason begins.
"Yea, Bachman will be in goal and you're going see a few of our young guys," said Gulutzan. "You'll see Brenden Dillon and Scott Glennie, and you'll see Reilly Smith tomorrow with our veteran guys. We're going to surround those guys with players that can help them out, and we've got a few injuries so you won't see a few players. We've had guys taking injections here, everyday, to get through a game. These same players can't get through a practice without it, so you won't see a couple of those guys in tomorrow's lineup."
At the end of each season you always hear about players that were fighting through injuries but it's interesting to see just how extensive this list was for the Stars. According to Gulutzan, Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Radek Dvorak, Stephane Robidas and Mark Fistric will all likely miss the final game of the season with various ailments and injuries.
The unfortunate aspect of this situation is that these players will miss the final game on Fan Appreciation Night, a time when the team salutes the fans that have steadfastly stood by this franchise -- even with four straight years of no postseason. It's always a fun and bittersweet game, especially these last few seasons, but one that is always very special to those that go to these games. Not getting to see Ott, Morrow and others will be frustrating.
Gulutzan made it clear, however, that this is about the health of the players, some who have been much more injured than we might have expected.
"We were talking about our lineup and talking about our year a little bit, and how we are going to end this with our fans, and how we are going to compete tomorrow. I talked to every player that's injured and they all want to play our last game, whether they have to take a needle or not to get through. But reality is, we don't want to put them through that."
This situation gives the Stars a good opportunity to get a look at Glennie, Smith and others in a game against perhaps the best team in the NHL. While not seeing Ott and the others will be bittersweet, it's going to be exciting to see players like Dillon and Glennie make their NHL debut. These young players will likely see very significant minutes on the top lines, so this will be a great way to see just what they might bring coming into camp next season.
Press release after the jump.
Frisco, TX - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Brenden Dillon, forward Scott Glennie and defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Dillon, 21, has played in 72 games for Texas, scoring 5 goals and 21 assists for 26 points and 91 penalty minutes. He was signed to a three-year contract as a free agent on March 3, 2011. The 6-2, 198-pound defenseman played in 72 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL last season, scoring eight goals and 51 assists for 59 points.
Glennie, 21, has played in 68 games this season for Texas and has 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points. The 6-1, 180-pound forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (No. 8 overall).
Benn, 24, collected one assist in his two games for Dallas this season. He became the 10th player in Dallas Stars history to record his first NHL point in his first NHL game. Along with younger brother Jamie Benn, they became the third set of brothers in Dallas Stars history and the sixth in team history to play in an NHL game together.
The Dallas Stars will faceoff against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at American Airlines Center (7 p.m. CT, TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).