Monday was locker cleanout day for the Dallas Stars and the team's decision to go in a new direction as far as a head coach and bouncing back next season were hot topics. But there were some other items of interest as well, including updates on Mattias Janmark, Patrick Sharp, and Antoine Roussel. And Stars GM Jim Nill also talked about the status of Valeri Nichushkin, who played in Russia this past season.
Mattias Janmark update
The status of forward Mattias Janmark, who missed the entire season following knee surgery, is still up in the air. Janmark underwent surgery in late September to correct a joint issue in his knee called osteochondritis dissecans. According to the Mayo Clinic, it's an issue "in which bone underneath the cartilage of a joint dies due to lack of blood flow. This bone and cartilage can then break loose, causing pain and possibly hinder joint motion."
At the time of the surgery, in which doctors reattached a segment of that bone, the chances of a full recovery were put at 80 percent. Nill was asked Monday if Janmark would be ready to return next season.
"We're in uncharted territory with Mattias. There's been no other athlete that's had this before. He's doing a great job. He feels good about himself," Nill said. "He has two screws that were put in place. Those come out [Tuesday], and then he's going to be shut down for four to six weeks after that. No heavy training. After that, he can get back to training. If there's anybody that can come back, I think it's him."
Janmark skated with the team late in the season and went through some practices, but didn't push the knee too hard. Getting the screws out is the next step as he tries to work his way back to playing.
"It's going to be nice to have the surgery and get it over with," Janmark said. "It's kind of the final step, and then I can start to really work to getting back."
As for playing in the NHL next season, Janmark said time will tell.
"I don't know. I am going to do all I can," he said. "There are other circumstances, like how the body reacts and stuff like that. I feel good, and I have a strong belief that I will, but there is only so much I can do, and the rest will take care of itself."