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Defenseman Stephen Johns has been the player the Dallas Stars have needed in their lineup for much of the past year. A steady defenseman and ideal pairing with Miro Heiskanen, he has been out of the lineup with post-traumatic headaches. His last professional action at any level was March 29, 2018. Nearly two years later, he is ready to return. His conditioning stint to Texas begins today.
Conditioning stints are relatively rare and carry special rules to ensure there is no abuse.
Johns is no stranger to the Texas Stars. He played a total of 57 games with the club across two seasons, last suiting up in the 2016-17 season.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has loaned defenseman Stephen Johns to the Texas Stars on a conditioning assignment.
Johns, 27, missed the entire 2018-19 season and has yet to play in 2019-20 due to post-traumatic headaches. The defenseman registered 15 points (8-7=15) in 75 regular-season games with Dallas in 2017-18 and has posted 28 points (13-15=28) in 150 career regular-season NHL games, all in a Stars sweater. Johns has also appeared in 13 career postseason games, earning 41 hits and 10 blocked shots during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound native of Ellwood City, Pa. was originally selected by Chicago in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft and was acquired by Dallas via trade along with forward Patrick Sharp in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt on July 12, 2015.
The Stars continue a six-game home stint on Friday as they welcome the Toronto Marlies back to Cedar Park for the first time since the 2018 Calder Cup Final. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m.