Hanzal (back) was added to long-term injured reserve Saturday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. The Czech pivot has only suited up in seven games this season -- none of which have come in 2019 -- and doesn't seem to be nearing a return anytime soon. Hanzal's move to long-term injured reserve means his $4.75 million salary no longer counts against the cap.
Hanzal (back) has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 23. Hanzal's placement on injured reserve effectively rules him out for Saturday's contest against the Red Wings. The veteran pivot will be eligible to return whenever he's deemed healthy enough to do so, though his back injury is likely a recurrence of the issue that forced him to miss the first two months of the season.
Hanzal (back) has been ruled out versus the Predators on Thursday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. The news on Hanzal certainly isn't encouraging, as he may be forced to slide in and out of the lineup the rest of the way in order to play through his back problems. If the Stars find themselves out of the playoff race at any point, don't be surprised to see the veteran shut down for the remainder of the year.
Hanzal won't return to Sunday's game versus the Islanders after suffering an upper-body injury, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports. Hanzal struggled with a back injury to begin the year and has only suited up for seven games -- all in December. The true nature of his injury is unclear, and he could benefit from the holiday break, as the Stars don't play again until Thursday versus the Predators.
Hanzal (back) will black Sunday against the Islanders, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports. Hanzal returned from offseason back surgery on Dec. 7 and has missed two games since then as a way to lighten his workload. In six games, the 31-year-old has recorded one goal and two points.
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