Dallas Stars place Ray Whitney on injured reserve; recall Reilly Smith from Texas

dallas_starsReilly Smith’s return to the AHL’s  Texas Stars didn’t last long.  On Saturday, Dallas placed forward Ray Whitney on injured reserve after he suffered a lower body inury.  To fill the roster spot, Dallas recalled Reilly Smith from Texas.  Smith started the season with Dallas, and was sent back earlier this week.  He is scoreless in six games played with Dallas, and still looking for his first NHL point.

Here is the press release from the Stars:

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FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Stars announced today that forward Ray Whitney has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a lower body injury. The team also announced that they have recalled forward Reilly Smith from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Whitney, 40, leads all Dallas Stars in scoring this season with six points (2G-4A) in eight contests. The veteran forward has scored 1,009 points (367G-642A) in 1,237 career NHL games. Whitney was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2012 and was San Jose’s second-round selection (23rd) overall in 1991.

Smith, 21, ranks second on the Texas Stars in scoring with 27 points (11G-16A) in 38 AHL games this season. He has gone scoreless in six games for Dallas this season and is still looking to earn his first career NHL point. The Toronto, Ont., native was Dallas’ third-round selection (69th overall) in 2009.

The Dallas Stars faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, Feb. 2 at 7:00 pm (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).

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