Dallas Recalls Steady Blueliner Joel Hanley for Western Road Trip

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With a road trip looming and John Klingberg's health still a question mark, Dallas recalled Joel Hanley this afternoon. The defenseman has been one of the most consistent blue liners for the Texas Stars, currently at a plus-14 rating and without a single minus game in his AHL season so far.

Texas is off until Friday and could get Hanley back, if Klingberg returns. With Hanley out, Texas still has seven defensemen, so no recall from Idaho is necessary.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Joel Hanley from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The club has also placed defenseman John Klingberg on injured reserve, retroactive to the game on Jan. 1.

Hanley, 28, has registered two assists (0-2=2) and an average time on ice per game of 11:21 in eight games with Dallas so far this season. The defenseman currently paces Texas with a +14 plus/minus rating, while he shares fourth among team blueliners with six assists (0-6=6) in 18 AHL games in 2019-20.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Keswick, Ont. was originally undrafted and signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2018.