The Dallas Stars have announced they have placed Brenden Morrow on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 2, and have recalled forward Tomas Vincour.
Morrow has battled several injuries throughout this season, most notably issues with his neck and back. He recently was given a game off after suffering from a minor neck injury and missed significant time early this season with back and knee issues as well.
While it's tough to really speculate, it is notable that this announcement is coming in the evening on Friday. Normally this news -- and the recall -- is made during the business day. We'll probably find out exactly what happened tomorrow after morning skate, but I'd wager that Morrow had a setback last night and decided it just wasn't something he could play through this weekend.
To try and find some good in the situation, there's a hope that this is a great chance for Tomas Vincour to assert himself once more with increased minutes. While Gulutzan has seemed hesitant at times to play Vincour in the top six, with Morrow out the Stars need a forward that can play good puck possession hockey next to Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson.
Morrow has had a tough season and his inconsistent play on the ice has drawn the ire of a good number of fans. Yet it's obvious this is a player fighting hard through some tough injuries and right now they're just getting the better of him. We hope this time around Morrow takes time enough to really heal and come back 100% on the other side.
Press release after the jump.
Frisco, TX - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed left wing Brenden Morrow on injured reserve with an upper body injury retroactive to Feb. 2 and recalled forward Tomas Vincour (vin-sooer) from the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Morrow, 33, has skated in 43 games for Dallas thisseason, notching eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. His +6 rating athome is the second-best among Dallas forwards this season. The 6-0, 205-pound forward from Carlyle, SK, has skated all of his 792 NHL games with the Stars and became the 10th player in franchise history to record 500 points with the club on Nov. 12, 2011 vs. the Edmonton Oilers.
Vincour, 21, has earned one goal and two assists totaling three points in 18 contests for Dallas this season. The Brno, CZE native is being recalled from Texas, where he ranks third in team goal scoring with 11 goals in 18 games.
The Dallas Stars faceoff against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center (TV: TXA-21; Radio:1310 The Ticket).