Friday, March 3, 2017

Around the NHL: Stars' Roussel out for season

The Dallas Stars are rebuilders. They are 8 points out of a playoff spot, with 60 of them (a record of 25-29-10). At the trade deadline, they were sellers. Winger Patrick Eaves was traded to Anaheim. Defenseman Jordie Benn went to Montreal. They also traded defenseman Johnny Oduya back to Chicago. Those trades by GM Jim Nill were made so the Stars can get a high draft pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Stars lost another player, but not because of a trade. Winger Antoine Roussel was injured in the Stars' 5-4 loss against the New York Islanders Thursday. He is likely to miss the 18 remaining games the Stars will play this season. "I think when you look at it, that time range, yeah," head coach Lindy Ruff said. "I can give you a 6-8 week range." Roussel, 27, has 27 points (12 goals and 15 assists) in 60 games this season. He has a +1 rating. Roussel is a major grinder. In all of his 5 NHL seasons, Roussel has at least 100 PIM, except for his rookie season, (2012-13) where he had 85 PIM in just 39 games. He has 680 career PIM. He has 124 points (59 goals and 65 assists) in 340 career NHL games, all with the Stars, who signed him in 2012. Roussel was undrafted.

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