Dallas Stars winger Denis Gurianov has been granted an indefinite leave from the team for family reasons, according to the Stars.
The team didn’t provide specific details on why so it will remain unknown or will be reported at a later time or when Gurianov returns to the lineup. It’s also unclear how long he’ll be away, but again, that will be reported later or remain unknown until he returns.
Gurianov has struggled this season with the Stars, scoring just two goals, three assists and five points in 25 games. Although he’s yet to reach his potential as a first-round pick, he’s usually good for around 30 points when he plays most of the season, but he’s only got 16 over the course of a season. 82-game season.
Drafted 12th overall in 2015, Gurianov has spent his entire career so far with the Stars organization and is now in his sixth season with the team. He currently has a one-year, $2.9 million contract he signed in the offseason, and will be a restricted free agent at the end of the summer.
Aside from Gurianov’s absence, the Stars have a majority of their roster still active at the moment. Only Nicholas Caamano is on injured reserve after undergoing back surgery early in training camp, and since he’ll likely spend the season in the AHL, he’s on unregistered injured reserve.
The Stars currently sit first in the Central Division with a 19-8-6 record and are second in the Western Conference behind the Vegas Golden Knights. They are looking to build on their return to the playoffs last season, where they nearly upset the Calgary Flames in the first round in a seven-game loss, largely due to play by Jake Oettinger, who also picked up where it left off last season.