From bad to worse: Stars say Hemsky will miss 5-6 months after surgery

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The Dallas Stars are off to a frustrating, injury-riddled start. They’re 3-4-1 after eight games, and this morning they announced that winger Ales Hemsky would miss most, if not all, of the regular season after having hip surgery.

“Ales underwent surgery this morning to repair a labral tear in his hip,” said GM Jim Nill. “The injury was sustained while he was participating in the World Cup of Hockey. He will be out of the lineup for five to six months as he recovers and rehabilitates.”

Hemsky had 13 goals and 26 assists in 75 games last season. The 33-year-old did play one game for the Stars this season, logging 15:32 last Saturday against Columbus. But clearly he didn’t feel right in his return.

Five months from now, it will be the last day of March. The Stars play their final regular-season game on Apr. 8, meaning there’s no guarantee that Hemsky will be ready for the start of the playoffs.

Related: More bad news in Dallas: Mattias Janmark (knee surgery) out 5-6 months