To kick off the 2016-17 season, the Dallas Stars have seen veteran forward Jiri Hudler struggle to put up points on the board.
He hasn’t had much opportunity to change that, though, as the winger has been sitting out for the past week with an illness.
Now, that illness has relegated him to the team’s injured reserve list.
It was confirmed on Saturday morning, via Mark Stepneski of the Dallas Stars’ official site, that the 32-year-old Hudler has been placed on injured reserve for the illness that kept him out of both Tuesday and Thursday’s games. No further details were given regarding how much longer he’s expected to be out.
While this initially seems somewhat alarming, it makes sense for the Stars. Fellow forward Ales Hemsky was just taken off injured reserve, and the team needs roster spots – since yet another forward, Patrick Eaves, skated with the team but left the ice early and won’t be playing later today. Eaves left the team’s last game with a lower body injury two days ago, as he was hit in the foot with a puck off a shot from captain Jamie Benn. Hudler can be retroactively placed on injured reserve, giving him just a few more days to recover while opening up a roster spot in the event that Eaves is ready to go soon.
The Stars will face the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday evening at 7:00 PM CST, hosting the Metropolitan Division club at home in Dallas, Texas.