The Dallas Stars defense is banged up and the team has made some roster moves to deal with the injuries. Aaron Rome, who was hit in the foot with a shot last night, is heading to injured reserve. Philip Larsen, who went head first into the boards late in the third period, did not travel with the team to Nashville and is listed as day-to-day.
The Stars have called up defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Carl Sneep from the Texas Stars of the AHL. To make room on the roster for the call up of Sneep, the Stars placed defenseman Trevor Daley (neck) on injured reserve retroactive to February 17.
If Daley is ready to play – and that’s what the Stars are hoping – he will be eligible to come of IR and play against Nashville Monday night. That would give the Stars six defensemen. If he’s not ready, Sneep would be the sixth guy on defense.
The recalls come at a tough time for the Texas Stars, who have their own injury issues on defense. They played last night without injured defensemen Patrik Nemeth, Tyler Sloan and Maxime Fortunus.
Here’s the release on today’s Dallas roster moves.
The Dallas Stars announced today that two defensemen, Trevor Daley and Aaron Rome, have been placed on injured reserve. Daley’s upper body injury is retroactive to the Feb. 17 game against Calgary, while Rome’s lower body injury is retroactive to the game on Saturday, Feb. 23 against San Jose. The team also recalled defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Carl Sneep from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Daley, 29, has one goal, two assists, and 22 shots in 16 games for Dallas this season. Since playing his first NHL contest in the 2003-04 season, no Stars defenseman has played more games than Daley’s 593 career NHL tilts. The native of Toronto, Ont. was Dallas’ second-round selection (43rd overall) in 2002.
Rome, 29, has earned two assists, eight penalty minutes, and six shots in 11 games for Dallas this season. In 185 career NHL games, Rome has 24 points (6G-18A) and 164 penalty minutes. The Nesbitt, Man. native was Los Angeles’ fourth-round selection (104th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2012.
Oleksiak, 20, ranks fifth among all AHL defensemen in scoring (third on Texas Stars) with 29 points (6G-23A), and is sixth in the league with a plus-20 rating in 48 games this season. On Feb. 1, the 6-foot-7 defenseman made his NHL debut against the Phoenix Coyotes, and has posted one assist and three shots in six games for Dallas this season.Oleksiak has six points (3G-3A) in five games since being assigned to Texas on Feb. 14. He was Dallas’ first-round selection (14th overall) in 2011.
Sneep, 25, has split time between the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers and the AHL’s Texas Stars this season. In 13 games with Texas, he has 3 points (1G-2A), six penalty minutes, and a plus-5 rating. He skated in his only NHL game on Dec. 17, 2011 against the Buffalo Sabres where he earned an assist and plus-1 rating in the contest. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Brainerd, Minn. was Pittsburgh’s second-round selection (32nd overall) in 2002. He was acquired by Dallas in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in this year’s draft on Jan. 24, 2013.
The Dallas Stars take on the Nashville Predators Monday night at Bridgestone Arena at 7:00 pm CT (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).