Dallas Stars defenceman Marc Methot is set to miss four to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery, the team announced Monday.
The Stars also announced that Martin Hanzal will miss the next three to seven days with a hand injury, plus goalie Kari Lehtonen is out indefinitely due to personal reasons.
Methot hasn’t played since November 6 due to the injury and has no points in 15 games, but he’s predominately known as a stay-at-home defenceman. He was acquired from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights after the expansion draft.
Prior to that, Methot skated with the Ottawa Senators for five seasons after a tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was drafted by Columbus in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The 30-year-old Hanzal was signed to a three-year deal worth $14.3 million at the start of free agency last off-season and has a goal and two helpers in 17 games this season.
Like Methot, Hanzal is in his first season with the Stars.
Little has been disclosed about Lehtonen’s situation, but goalie Mike McKenna has been called up from the Texas Stars to play support for Ben Bishop.
Lehtonen is 2-3-1 with a 2.89 goals against average and a 0.897 save percentage. He was pulled from the net on Saturday after allowing three goals on nine shots against the Edmonton Oilers, with Bishop replacing him and helping the Stars pull back for a 6-3 win.
Dallas is 10-9-1 this season, good for sixth in the Pacific Division. They’re one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild and tied with the Colorado Avalanche.