The biggest news so far is that the team has recalled defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars. Benn has played in 23 NHL games this year with one goal, five assists and a minus-3 rating. He has nine goals and 23 assists in 62 games with the Texas Stars.
Dallas had been playing with just six healthy defensemen since sending Benn down to the minors last week. According to Mike Heika, Benn's recall does not signal an injury to any of those six. Rather, it's just to give the team more options on the back end.
The move leaves the Stars with one more "non-emergency" call up for the rest of the regular season. NHL teams can bring up four players from the AHL roster after the NHL trade deadline, and the Stars have used three of those on Benn and paper transactions involving Alex Chiasson and Matt Fraser that will allow those two to play in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Emergency recall situations exist for when a team has fewer than two healthy goalies, six healthy defensemen or 12 healthy forwards on their NHL roster. A good, if pre-lockout Armageddon, explanation is here from our friends at Pension Plan Puppets.
The other news out of practice is that Kari Lehtonen will be in goal for the Stars on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings. Lehtonen has started every game since he returned from his groin injury on Feb. 28. This will be his 19th consecutive start.
Here's the official release on the Benn call up.
FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Benn, 25, has posted 21 points (7G-14A) with 33 penalty minutes in 43 games for Texas this season. The Victoria, B.C., native has appeared in 23 games with Dallas during the 2012-13 campaign, notching six points (1G-5A) with 10 penalty minutes. Earlier this season, Benn recorded his first career NHL goal on March 23 against the Colorado Avalanche. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman went undrafted and was signed by Dallas on July 25, 2012 to a one-year contract extension.
The Dallas Stars return to American Airlines Center to faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. CT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest PLUS; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).