Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing with the NHL for his hit on Anaheim’s Dustin Penner in Sunday night’s game, but when the hearing will be held is still up in the air.
“The league has two or three (hearings) today, so they are waiting to get through those to see where they are at,” Stars GM Jim Nill said. “The league will call me later today or early tomorrow.”
The league has offered Garbutt an in-person hearing, which means the suspension could top five games. The league is looking at charging and an illegal check to the head as infractions on the play, which knocked Penner out of the game. Nill said he didn’t want to comment on the hit.
“It’s a fast game out there and things happen,” Nill said. “I’d rather not comment on it.”
The Stars activated goaltender Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve on Monday and assigned Jack Campbell to the Texas Stars of the AHL.
That’s a sign that Lehtonen, who has missed the last five games with a lower body injury, should be ready for the Stars’ next game, which is Thursday versus Calgary at American Airlines Center.
“We’re anticipating he’ll be ready Thursday, yes.” Nill said of Lehtonen.
If Ryan Garbutt is suspended, he’ll remain on the active roster. Aaron Rome, who has been on a conditioning assignment, has been on the active roster as well.
So, the Stars are at 23 players and have no room for moves other than the goaltender change and bringing Rome back from his conditioning assignment, which they did Monday afternoon. Rome will be at practice Tuesday morning in Frisco.
With Rome being recalled the Stars will have 13 forwards (12 eligible if Garbutt is suspended), 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders for a full 23-man roster.
Nill on the Stars season so far
The Stars have seen some ups and downs over the first eight games of the season, posting a 3-5-0 record. They had a big win over San Jose on Thursday and then followed it up with a 5-2 loss in Los Angeles on Saturday and then a 6-3 loss in Anaheim on Sunday.
Stars GM Jim Nill gave a brief assessment about his team’s start to the season Monday afternoon.
“We’ve done some great things, we’ve had some stinkers, periods where we’ve been great, periods where we’ve been bad,” Nill said. “We’ve got some players who have bad habits that need to be broken. It’s been years of bad habits and that needs to get changed. I think we’ve got some older guys that need to play a lot better, some of our veterans need to step up and play better, too. It’s kind of a combination.
“On top of it, we’ve had our No. 1 goalie out for five games. It’s a tough league. Dan (Ellis) and Jack (Campbell) have come in and played great, but for the long haul you still need your No. 1 goalie.”
"It's my favorite; a big challenge. I was really happy I got to play against Anaheim. I just wish I could have played a little better and helped the team win. But it was a lot of fun, and it's great to play against some of the best players in the game on Anaheim."
-Stars goaltender Jack Campbell on making his NHL debut Sunday vs. the Ducks
The week ahead
The Stars had Monday off. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Practice in Frisco
Thursday: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center
Friday: Practice in Frisco
Saturday: Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center
Sunday: Practice in Frisco