Dallas Stars Unfortunately Have to Send Ray Whitney to Injured Reserve

Ray Whitney

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I hate to say it, but we all had a feeling it was only a matter of time on this one. The Dallas Stars have sent forward Ray Whitney to injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 9 with a lower body injury. He will not be available to play until Sunday when Dallas visits the Vancouver Canucks at the earliest. Even though he hasn’t missed a game yet this season, expecting the 41-year-old former first-round pick to make it through the full 82 games was asking a lot.

For the second time this season, the Stars have recalled Travis Morin from Austin where he leads both the Texas Stars and the AHL in scoring with 24 points. In his first recall, he did not play. Reports are unclear at this time if he will make his debut Wednesday night when the Stars visit the Edmonton Oilers.

In Whitney’s absence, Ryan Garbutt skated in Whitney’s spot at today’s practice alongside Vernon Fiddler and Rich Peverley. Antoine Roussell moved up to playing the left side with Cody Eakin centering and Alex Chaisson on the right wing.

With the Stars having a set of back-to-back games with Edmonton on Wednesday, and then at the Calgary Flames on Thursday, it should be a safe bet to assume that Morin will get into the lineup on Thursday night. I would venture to estimate that if Morin cracks the lineup that he would skate on the fourth line with Shawn Horcoff centering and Erik Cole on the right and Morin on the left wing. Lane MacDermid would be the odd man out if that proves true, although with Morin not being at practice today, it could be something else entirely.

Morin has been on fire at the AHL level, registering points in 12 of 13 games, along with 19 points in eight games in October, earning Player of the Month honors.

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