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Stars’ Morrow joins Benn on injured reserve

Jan 23, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars received some more bad injury news today — thought it came with a silver lining.

The club announced that captain Brenden Morrow has been placed on IR (retroactive to Jan. 21), a loss was offset by news that Mike Ribeiro had been activated from IR.

“Ribby is pretty close,” head coach Glen Gulutzan said of Ribeiro, who has missed the last seven games with an MCL tear. “He practiced today and we’ll see how he is for tomorrow.”

Ribeiro skated on Dallas’ top line at practice on Monday alongside Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder. His return would be a nice lift in the face two key Dallas injuries: Jamie Benn is on IR after undergoing an appendectomy, and it’s unclear how much time Morrow will miss with his neck issue.

Morrow’s currently listed as day-to-day, but given how injury-plagued he’s been this year — he’s playing with a knee brace and already missed time with an upper-body injury — there’s no telling how long he’ll be gone for.

In response to putting Morrow on IR the Stars called up Matt Fraser from AHL Texas. He’s expected to play on Tuesday and will be making his NHL debut.

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