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Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday notes: Nicklas Grossman's nasty cut

By Mark Stepneski

A couple notes for a Halloween Monday:

*The cut to the face that Nicklas Grossman took in Saturday’s win over New Jersey required a lot of repair work.

Stars broadcaster Daryl Reaugh sent out a tweet yesterday afternoon saying that Grossman required 60 stitches after taking a skate to his cheek.

Grossman suffered the injury in the third period of the game.

*It looks like the New York Rangers are planning to bring Sean Avery back. He’s expected to go on re-entry waivers later today and if he clears, which he is expected to do, the Rangers will recall him from the AHL.

What does it mean for the Stars? Not much. His cap hit will be back on the Stars’ books. You may recall it went off the Stars’ books when the Rangers waived Avery and shipped him to the AHL. That transaction by the Rangers put the Stars below the lower limit of the NHL salary cap system, and had them looking for ways to get above it. The Stars were able to get in compliance by trading for Eric Nystrom. With Avery’s hit back on the books, the Stars are now even more over the lower limit. Of course, they are not even close to the upper limit.

As for their actual salary payroll, it has no impact. The Stars were paying half of Avery’s salary this season regardless of whether he was in the NHL or AHL.

In case you are wondering what would happen if another claims Avery, his cap and salary hit would be split three ways. The Stars would still be on the hook for half of it, the Rangers and the claiming team would split the other half. CapGeek.com explains it here.