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Dallas Stars Place Brad Lukowich on Re-Entry Waivers

According to multiple sources the Dallas Stars placed veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich on re-entry waivers and will recall him when he clears tomorrow. His age and NHL experience necessitate re-entry waivers but any other club claiming him couldn't use him on their roster, just like Brandon Segal last week, so he will clear.

Lukowich is a veteran of over 600 NHL games and has played with the Stars, Lightning, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. He played 13 games with the Canucks last season and has not played in a Dallas Stars uniform (regular season) since the disastrous season of 2001-2002. He played 8 games in the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoff run.

The 34 year old has played 67 games with the Texas Stars this season, accruing 4 goals, 23 assists and 59 PIM.

This means that Nicklas Grossman or Karlis Skrastins (and most likely both) will miss one or more games with their injuries suffered on Saturday night against Philadelphia. Skrastins has a laceration on his thigh from a skate blade, received many stitches and is concerned about damage to the muscle.

Grossman twisted his knee and his injury has nothing to do with the hip injury that caused him to miss 11 games recently.

Neither has been placed on IR yet (that we know of) so it is not known at this time if the Lukowich call up is one of only four the Stars get after the trade deadline. They have already used one on Brandon Segal.

The only good news out of any of this is that Mark Fistric will be in the lineup on Wednesday to squish some Ducks, and Loui Eriksson skated again today in a light, optional practice. More about his status will be known if he can go through the full practice tomorrow.