The Dallas Stars, rolling toward their second straight Presidents' Trophy, hit a speed bump today when they placed right wing Brett Hull on the injured list with a strained hamstring.
Hull, the Stars' leading goal-scorer, suffered the injury in a 2-1 loss to Nashville on February 24. Today's move was retroactive to February 25, and the 34-year-old sniper is expected to miss at least two weeks.
Hull signed a three-year, $17 million deal with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent on July 3. He missed six games early this season with a strained groin but leads the league with nine game-winning goals. The six-time All-Star has 26 goals and 21 assists in 46 games, leading the Stars with 12 power-play tallies.
Dallas is 2-0-1 in its lastest stint without Hull and is coming off Tuesday's 2-2 tie against the Rangers at New York. The Stars continue their three-game road trip Thursday on Long Island before playing at Buffalo on Friday.
The Stars own the NHL's best record at 38-11-10 and lead the league with 86 points. They have a 16-point lead over Phoenix in the Pacific Division and an 18-point cushion over Detroit and Colorado, the other division leaders, in the Western Conference.
To fill Hull's roster spot, the Stars recalled center Aaron Gavey from Michigan of the IHL. Gavey, 25, has 18 goals and 18 assists, good for third on the team in both categories.
Hull ranks 12th on the all-time list with 580 goals and has 454 assists in 847 NHL games. He also has 69 goals and 51 assists in 108 postseason contests.
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