The shoulder and neck problems that have plagued Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow this season will keep him sidelined until at least next week.
At Monday's practice, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he didn't expect Morrow to make the two-game road trip to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres that occurs this Friday and Saturday. After that game, the Stars return home for one game against the Los Angeles Kings.
These problems are the same ones that have bothered Morrow all season, apparently, and they caused him to miss six games earlier this season.
The good news for Stars fans is that when Morrow returned from his previous six-game break, he came out playing with renewed energy. Perhaps the time off now will help him provide a spark to the team during the critical and busy stretch in late February.
"We're not looking for him this trip. I don't think he'll be on this trip with us," Gulutzan said. "We're just preparing like he is not going to be here, and we'll wait to see what transpires over the next five or six days."
After the jump, more on today's game with the Phoenix Coyotes, all the college hockey information that Brandon could ever want and Brian Boyle (for real, this time!) loses a bet.
- This blog entry from Mike Heika has the same information on Morrow as the story linked above, but the really interesting reading, at least in my opinion, is Gulutzan's quote about conserving energy during a travel-heavy month. [DallasNews.com]
- Gulutzan was not a happy man in the aftermath of Saturday's victory over the Minnesota Wild, but he felt a little better after looking at some film and talking with the players. Still, he says the team has to be better down the stretch. [ESPN Dallas]
- Okay, the Stars are officially doomed. Barry Melrose thinks they'll make the playoffs. I'll start piecing the coffin together. [NHL.com]
- Our friends over at Matchsticks and Gasoline think the Stars are very much in the hunt for Jeff Carter of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Like most places, though, they seem to ignore the very existence of Jamie Benn. Perhaps that's just because the teams have not met yet this year. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
- Morrow gets a very brief mention at the bottom of this article as someone the Vancouver Canucks might be interested in. The price, at least from a starting the negotiations point, is reasonable, but the rationale for the Stars trading Morrow really isn't since the budget crunch is no longer a huge problem. [Vancouver Sun]
- USA Today doesn't seem to think the Stars will be moving any of the "win now" pieces. [USA Today]
- If you love college hockey, and I know some of us around here named Brandon Worley do, check out this neat site that breaks down all the NHL teams and their systems in terms of their college players. [College Hockey Inc.]
- Even being a hockey coach is a dangerous job. One day after Tom Renney of the Edmonton Oilers was hit in the head by a puck and possibly suffered a concussion, Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres was taken out by Jordan Leopold during practice and broke three ribs. [NBCSports.com/Buffalo News]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: The Phoenix Coyotes got a good amount of help from their special teams and a solid game from Mike Smith as the beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. [Five for Howling]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Before the game, the Coyotes announced they would induct Jeremy Roenick (and all the pieces of his jaw that was one shattered by Derian Hatcher) into their ring of honor. [Arizona Republic]
- Around the Pacific Division: Well, the Anaheim Ducks didn't do as good a job as they could have to help the Stars on Monday (since, obviously, that's their goal every night). They let the Calgary Flames tie the game in the third period but did win the shootout 3-2. [NHL.com]
- Public sports bets are always an amusing thing. Take Brian Boyle (who, contrary to what I wrote the other day, is not the Dan Boyle who plays for the Sharks). He was confident enough in the New England Patriots to make a bet with a teammate that they would win the Super Bowl. That worked out well for him. [Puck Daddy]
- The semi-regular but always awesome Unlaced with Ralph Strangis interview series returned Monday with this laundry room edition with Adam Burish.