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Dallas Stars Send Jason Dickinson Back to AHL as Cody Eakin’s Suspension Ends

The Stars have 12 healthy forwards with Eakin available. The move also clears a theoretical spot for if and when Patrick Sharp and Antoine Roussel are healthy.

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After being recalled on Monday and playing last night against the Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars prospect forward Jason Dickinson was returned to the AHL’s Texas Stars on Wednesday afternoon.

The move is likely not a commentary on Dickinson, who has played in two games this season, both wins, with a minus-1 rating and 4-for-13 record on faceoffs as his only recorded statistics, but rather an indication of the Stars being able to fill out their lineup with returning veteran players.

In this case, it’s the return of Cody Eakin from suspension that provides the immediate ability to send Dickinson back to Cedar Park. Eakin was given four games for charging Henrik Lundqvist before Christmas.

Eakin’s return would give the Stars 12 “healthy” (as Patrick Eaves still isn’t practicing regularly) and available forwards for Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche even before one considers the potential returns of Antoine Roussel and Patrick Sharp from injured reserve. Roussel is day-to-day with a mysterious upper-body injury while Sharp is taking a very cautious return from concussion-like symptoms.

Dickinson, the Stars first-round pick in 2013, has played very well in Texas after missing the start of season recovering from hip surgery. He has 14 points (4-10-14) in 19 games.