Well, I have good news and bad news for Dallas Stars fans.
The bad news is that Jamie Benn was on crutches at Friday's optional practice and will not be available for either of this weekend's games, starting with today against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The good news is that should be the extent of things. Steve Ott said Benn received "thirty-something" stitches on the back of his leg, while Benn said the number was actually 13.
The team is hoping he can be back Tuesday for the home game against the Montreal Canadiens.
"It’s a little unlucky, but lucky at the same time. It didn’t damage it too bad. I am going to get back on rehab here and I hope to be back soon," Benn said.
Benn was injured in the second period of Thursday’s game when Flame’s defenseman Mark Giordano’s skate caught Benn in the left thigh.
"I just went to go hit the guy, he kept the puck in, I kind of fell and his skate cut the back of my leg. It was a little bit of a freak accident," Benn said. "You just hope it’s not too bad. It was bleeding pretty good there right when it happened. I tried to hobble off pretty quick and the doctors did a good job of stitching me up."
After the jump, more on today's game against the Phoenix Coyotes, more Adam Pardy articles than I think I've seen since the trade deadline and the awesome music video dedicated to Rick Nash's list.
- Looking for a bunch of really awesome people to watch today's game with? Head over to Frankie's Sports Bar in Lewisville for a DBD watch party. I won't be there (500 miles is a touch too far, sorry), but a good chunk of the crew will. [Defending Big D]
- Mike Heika takes on the hot-right-now idea that hockey just can't work in the south or in markets like Phoenix. This is a paywalled story, but the link is actually to what looks like an archived page where you can read a more thorough description than the usual first two grafs. [DallasNews.com]
- With the recent trade and Sheldon Souray still battling an injured foot, Adam Pardy is going to get another chance to establish himself on the Stars blueline. [ESPN Dallas]
- Benn's injury has a hockey columnist in Toronto thinking about the reasonable things players can do to help prevent skate cuts. [The Globe and Mail]
- This is a fabulous collection of memories where the Stars all recall their first NHL goals and what they did with the puck. My only complaint - I want more video. I want peach fuzz Steve Ott and super exited baby Trevor Daley. Make this happen, team. [DallasStars.com]
- Apparently Pardy isn't all that happy with how things have gone in Dallas thus far. And though I can't blame him (and I don't know exactly the questions he was asked to get some of these quotes either), I'm not sure this story paints him in the best light. On the flip side, Eric Nystrom is as happy as a clam. [Faceoff.com]
- Ryan Garbutt may very well never see the ice in his stint as a Dallas Star, but just being called up is a huge step both for him and for the CHL's Corpus Christi IceRays, who now have their first alumni in the big leagues. [Corpus Christi Caller-Times]
- Some people have publicly wondered about where the Stars rank in man-games lost this season. Well they've actually been among the league's healthiest teams. [The Globe and Mail]
- Cue arrogant traditional hockey market blather that we knew was coming from the Nicklas Grossman trade to the Philadelphia Flyers in three...two...one. [CSN Philadelphia]
- Montreal Canadiens fans tried their best to break the hockey internet on Friday when word came down that their team had traded Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a second-round pick. [NHL.com]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: One of the reasons the Phoenix Coyotes have been so good despite their constant payroll constraints is the play of guys like Radim Vrbata, who has a career high with 27 goals. [Arizona Republic]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Mike Smith, a face Stars fans know and remember fondly, is playing really, really well right now, and Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings was no different. [Five for Howling]
- Around the Pacific Division the games: The Anaheim Ducks couldn't get a win against the New Jersey Devils, but they did get a point in a 3-2 shootout loss. The San Jose Sharks had an even rougher night on the East Coast with a 3-2 regulation loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. [The Star-Ledger/San Jose Mercury News]
- Around the Pacific Division, the trade rumors: You want an upgrade on defense, you say? Well the Kings might have just the piece on sale. If someone's willing to give up the type of high-end scorer the Kings desperately need, defenseman Jack Johnson might be in play. [Jewels From The Crown]
- Okay, so this has nothing to do with the Stars. But it is an awesome musical interpretation of where Rick Nash is in the process of being traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kudos to you, The Royal Half.