Stars GM Jim Nill can’t be loving life right now.
Earlier today, reports claimed that still-unsigned RFA Valeri Nichushkin was close to signing in Russia.
Radek Faksa, the 13th overall pick in 2012, suffered an upper-body injury in the Czech Republic’s blowout loss to Canada on Saturday, and has been ruled out of tonight’s game against Team Europe.
Faksa, 22, had been a key contributor for the Czechs prior to getting hurt. He played nearly 17 minutes in the opening exhibition against Russia, nearly 18 in the rematch two days later, and scored a goal in a surprising 3-2 win over Team North America in the exhibition finale.
Faksa figures to be a key contributor for Dallas this year, too.
He made his NHL debut in last season and fared well, with 12 points in 45 games, but really came into his own in the playoffs, scoring five points — including two game-winning goals — while bumping his TOI up to 16:08 per night.
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, he has good size — vitally important for playing center in the loaded Western Conference. If he’s out for any length of time, it’s a fairly significant loss.