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Methot out 4-6 weeks for Stars

Defenseman has arthroscopic surgery on injured knee; Honka recalled from AHL

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot will be out 4-6 weeks after he had arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee Sunday.

Methot, 32, hasn't played since Nov. 6 against the Winnipeg Jets because of the injury.

"The leg was coming around, started to get his rehab and skating, and it didn't get better," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "Decided to have an MRI and get it scoped."

With Methot out, the Stars recalled defenseman Julius Honka from Texas of the American Hockey League. Honka has no points in six games with the Stars this season.

Nill also said that center Martin Hanzal is going to miss 3-7 days with a hand injury sustained in a 6-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. 

Hanzal skated for 15 minutes Monday but left practice before the Stars started team drills.

"I feel for Marty," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This is the third our fourth time just as he gets up to speed and starts to really look good, (and) there is an injury. You feel for a like guy that. He wants to do well and it just seems that in the game he has the most impact, he gets hurt."

Dallas is also without goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is away from the team following the birth of his son Sunday. Nill didn't say when he would return, but goalie Mike McKenna was recalled from the AHL.

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