DALLAS STARS RECALL CONNER FROM PEORIA UNDER EMERGENCY CONDITIONS; PLACE LUNDQVIST ON INJURED RESERVE
FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled left wing Chris Conner under emergency conditions from the Peoria Rivermen in the American Hockey League. Conner will join the club for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. contest against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The club also placed center Joel Lundqvist onto the Injured Reserve, as he is expected to be out four to six weeks with a shoulder injury.
Conner, 24, has recorded four goals and three assists for seven points in eight games for AHL Peoria this season, good for third on the club in goals and tied for fourth in scoring. In 22 games with Dallas last season, Conner posted three goals and two assists for five points with six penalty minutes. He also appeared in one Stanley Cup Playoff game with Dallas last spring (Game Three of the Western Conference Finals vs. Detroit). The 5-8, 175-pound left wing has skated in 33 career NHL games, all with Dallas, recording eight points (four goals, four assists) and 10 penalty minutes. Conner made his NHL debut on Dec. 8, 2006 at Edmonton and notched his first NHL goal on Dec. 27, 2006 at Colorado.
The native of Westland, Mich., ended his four-year collegiate career at Michigan Tech as the school's all-time leader in shorthanded goals (19) and was named to the 2004 WCHA Second All-Star Team. In 151 games for the MTU Huskies from 2002-06, Conner earned 129 points (69 goals, 60 assists), including 29 (17-12-29) during his senior season in 2005-06.
Lundqvist, 26, has posted one assist in nine games with Dallas this season before injuring his shoulder. He played a career-best 55 NHL games last season, scoring three goals and 11 assists for 14 points with 22 penalty minutes. He added seven points (two goals, five assists) in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games last spring.
The 6-1, 198-pound center has skated in 100 career NHL games, posting six goals and 15 assists for 21 points with 38 PIM. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 4, 2006 vs. San Jose and scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 17, 2007 vs. Calgary. Lundqvist was originally drafted by Dallas in the third round (No. 68 overall) in the 2000 Entry Draft.