Stars forward Fabian Brunnstrom cleared waivers this morning and will be headed to the Texas Stars of the AHL, most likely on Sunday.
Stars coach Marc Crawford believes the time in the AHL will benefit Brunnstrom, who hasn't been able to crack the Stars lineup this season after struggling all of last season. Brunnstrom will get plenty of ice time in key situations and, Crawford said, he should get some more valuable experience.
"It's about the journey and getting street smart in the ways of hockey," said Crawford. "That's going through the tough developmental periods of major junior hockey or a tough college weekend or the American League with three in three nights. You've just got to survive and find a way to forge through. That's the one part of the game that's missing from Fabian's repertoire. We all know he has skill, great puck protection skills and pretty good creativity. There's a knock on him and that is on that combative, dig in and fight through turmoil that is a big part of a lot of games. Guys that become good in the National Hockey League become good at it. They learn how to accept it and to deal with it."
Benn skates with team, status is day-to-day
Stars forward Jamie Benn (concussion-like symptoms) skated with the team for the first time since being knocked out of action last Saturday by a hard hit from New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski.
"I feel great," said Benn. "I had a couple of headaches after the game. I got hit pretty good there. I am just taking my time getting back. You really can't rush these things."
Benn is out for tonight's game against St. Louis and he is considered day-to-day at this point. The Stars next game after tonight is Monday at Tampa Bay.
"I am not sure about Monday," Benn said. We'll see day-to-day how I feel."
Stars coach Marc Crawford said the team will do what's best for Benn, so they aren't setting a timetable for his return.
"It is day-to-day," Crawford said. "It's difficult to put a schedule on it. Being early in the season you want to do the right thing. There's so much more information, not only from the medical standpoint but also the players are making sure they are doing the right things when your head has an injury."
Don't forget, tonight's game has been changed to a 7:30 p.m.
Kari Lehtonen will start in goal.
With Jamie Benn still out and Fabian Brunnstrom to the AHL, the Stars have 12 healthy forwards. That means the lineup should look a lot like the last night.