The Dallas Stars announced today that Brad Richards would be placed on the injury reserve list after the Stars center, and second in points on the team, sustained a distal radius fracture to his right wrist. The injury came during the Stars 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The injury will likely keep Richards out 6-8 weeks.
The good news is Richards will not need surgery. Other than that, the Stars face a lot of difficulty losing such a talented sniper with an important spot in the lineup.
Most of the Stars best options include filling from within, such as moving Steve Ott into that void, which is highly unlikely due to chemistry on another line.
Another more likely option is moving in someone like Brian Sutherby to center, and bringing up Chris Conner to fill the void at forward, or the Stars could wait for Landon Wilson to return from a rib injury.
"All you can do is get yourself ready and hope for the best," Wilson said to the Dallas Morning News. "I feel I'm ready to play, but that's up to the doctor now."
Waiting on Wilson seems the best bet for the Stars right now, but with many options the Stars will surely wait patiently before making any long-term decisions.
Stars Co-GM Les Jackson said the Stars are studying trade options before the March 4 trade deadline, but financial issues after the Sean Avery situation leave the team with few options to pursue a big time money player.