Dallas Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth is out for season after suffering a 'severe' arm injury Saturday, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Nemeth suffered an 'arm laceration' via the skate of Philadelphia Flyers center R.J. Umberger. Umberger's skate, the Morning News' Mike Heika points out, was also responsible in 2011 for slicing former Stars' forward Mike Modano's wrist. The loss of Nemeth comes less than two weeks into the NHL season and is a blow to the Stars first line.
Dallas coach Lindy Ruff referred to the cut as severe. He told Heika:
“Patrik is done for the year, maybe it’s a possibility for the playoffs,” Ruff said. “It was a real severe laceration."
"I think it involves everything," Ruff said. "When I say severe, that's probably an understatement. First and foremost, for his sake, I hope it's a full recovery."
Nemeth has surgery to repair his arm Sunday.
Dallas drafted the defenseman in 2010 in the second round. He has not scored a goal yet in his NHL career.
- Will Green