Stars activate Connor Carrick, place Hanzal, Dickinson on IR

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Dallas Stars defenceman Connor Carrick collides with Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt during first period NHL action Monday October 15, 2018 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

The Dallas Stars have announced that the team has activated defenceman Connor Carrick and have placed forwards Jason Dickinson (back) and Martin Hanzal (back) on the injured reserve.

Carrick appeared in nine games for the Stars, posting four points (one goal, three assists) before suffering a hairline fracture that has kept the 24-year-old out since Oct 28. The former Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman was traded to Dallas in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. If Carrick plays in 41 of the 44 remaining Stars games, that seventh round pick will become a sixth rounder for Toronto.

Hanzal has appeared in just seven games for Dallas this season after recovering from the third back surgery of his career. It’s not a good sign that it’s the 31-year-old’s back that seems to be problem once again here. Stars head coach Jim Montgomery apparently told reporters that it was possible that Hanzal may be in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the season.

Dickinson, meanwhile, left last Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild due to back spasms, and missed the last two games as a result. In 34 games this season, the 2013 first-round pick has scored five goals and added six assists in the 23-year-old’s first full NHL season.

The team also announced that defenceman Gavin Bayreuther has been assigned to their AHL affiliate Texas Stars to make room for Carrick’s activation.

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