The Dallas Stars are still awaiting more information about what they’re alternately calling a head injury and a concussion for Kari Lehtonen, but in the meantime, they recalled goalie Cristopher Nilstorp from the AHL on Sunday.
Nilstorp, 30, has some NHL experience. He went 1-3-1 with an .897 save percentage and 3.09 GAA last season. He’s getting plenty of playing time with the AHL’s Texas Stars, producing a 21-12-4 mark with a .915 save percentage and 2.58 GAA.
The Stars would probably prefer to ride Tim Thomas for much of the time Lehtonen will be out. They’re at least finding humor in the Florida Panthers’ decision to go forward with that bobblehead idea.
Not all the injury news is bad for Dallas, by the way. Valeri Nichushkin is fine after a knee-to-knee with Matt Cooke, according to Stars Inside Edge’s Mark Stepneski.
Roberto Luongo probably wasn’t the only one surprised when the Vancouver Canucks reopened trade negotiations with Florida.
At that point, the Panthers seemed committed to sticking with Tim Thomas for the rest of the season. After all, they made bobbleheads of him and everything.
Speaking of, if you still want one, they’re giving them out to 7,500 fans tonight ahead of their game against the Boston Bruins, per the Miami Herald.
They’re a collector’s item, especially seeing his jersey is wrong from the moment it enters your hands. The acquisition of Luongo prompted them to send Thomas to the Dallas Stars.
Perhaps they should have at least waited until April 6 when Florida will host Thomas’ new team, but a match against two squads that used to have two-time Vezina Trophy winner works too…
On a night in which the Dallas Stars retired Mike Modano’s No. 9, Tyler Seguin continues to play in a way that might get his No. 91 in the rafters one day, too.
The Stars made the Minnesota Wild pay for Erik Haula charging Kari Lehtonen on Saturday, as Seguin scored the game-tying goal during a five-minute power play. The 22-year-old now has eight points in his last two games after tonight’s one-goal, two-assist output.
Erik Cole notched the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining, showing plenty of patience and skill in finding the net for the 15th time this season.
Tim Thomas came in for Lehtonen late in the game thanks to that collision and eventually received an unusual win by making all six relief saves in 13:23 of game time. The Stars may very well need him to be sharp if Lehtonen’s issues are serious.
That thought is grim, but for the most part, the Stars showed that they might have the star power to finally carry the torch from the franchise’s gravy days with Modano.