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The injury woes of the Dallas Stars this season have been well-documented. The club has already lost 142 man-games to injury on the season.Read more on TheAHL.com...
Those injuries started in training camp, and the hits just kept on coming. Cody Eakin, Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp, Jiri Hudler and Mattias Janmark would all drop from the lineup for various reasons. Janmark was lost for the season following a knee injury requiring season-ending surgery.
And so, in stepped the Texas Stars. Players on Texas’ opening night roster have now contributed 25 man-games to the NHL side since the start of the season.
“Your AHL team is a lifeline to your NHL team,” notes Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal. “They’re going to go through injuries and sicknesses. They’ll go through peaks and valleys in their play. Any time you can bring up a player to support their play, to get them through a tough stretch or tough travel, it gives them extra energy to get through the season. It’s a grind up there. Any AHL team — that’s why they’re there.”