LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars breaks away with the puck in front of Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings on his way to scoring a shorthanded goal in the third period at Staples Center on March 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Stars won 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Due to time constraints in my personal life, I am changing the Weekly Roundup report to the Injury Report.
Jamie Benn, Stars - He had an emergency appendectomy and will be out for at least 10 or up to 21 days. This is another big blow to a team that can't afford too many more injuries.
Mike Ribeiro, Stars - Speaking of injuries to the Stars, it sounds like Ribeiro will be out until at least after the All-Star Break as he's recovering from a knee-on-knee hit that produced some damage to his MCL. Ouch.
Jacob Markstrom, Panthers - He will have a minor knee surgery due to injuring his knee during a practice last week. While no timetable has been given at this time, you can still expect to not see Markstrom for a while now.
Mikko Koivu, Wild - It's officially labeled as an upper-body injury but there's speculation that he may have suffered a separated shoulder since he has been seen tending to his injured arm. At the very least, he's not going to be available for a week or so.
Niklas Backstrom, Wild - He has been dealing with the flu since yesterday and probably won't be available for another game or two while he's trying to recover.
Brian Gionta, Canadians - He tore his right bicep this past Tuesday and it sounds like he will likely be out for the rest of the season. As disappointing as his year has been, I think it's time to cut bait and send him to FA.
Travis Zajac, Devils - He has been dealing with soreness in his surgically fixed achilles' tendon. Due to the nature of his injury, they have placed him in injured reserve which he can be activated at any time.