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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday practice update

By Mark Stepneski

Here are some notes from Sunday's practice.

Jamie Benn (concussion-like symptoms) went through a full practice and looked good. He's day-to-day. He'll be traveling with the team on the trip to Florida and if he isn't ready by Monday he looks like a good possibility by Thursday.

"We'll probably make a decision on him tomorrow. He looked very good today," Stars coach Marc Crawford. "He's really chomping at the bit. He's doing some extra skating [today], so you're really trying to ramp him up and push him to the limits to make sure there is no counter-reaction to what's been happening. So far he's cleared all the steps along the way. He's progressing and we'll make the decision tomorrow. I would think for sure by Thursday."

As expected, the Stars sent Fabian Brunnstrom to the Texas Stars. They also recalled center Aaron Gagnon  from Texas. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said Gagnon will probably play Monday against Tampa Bay. Crawford said Gagnon should help on the trip.

"We're playing against some good skating clubs in Tampa Bay and in Florida. We wanted to make sure we had a real good skating forward," Crawford said. "Aaron played so well for us in the preseason. We have a lot of confidence in him."

Steve Ott did not practice today. Crawford said Ott was a little sore and needed a maintenance day. Crawford said Ott will play Monday in Tampa.

Here was Sunday's practice lineup:

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish
Sutherby-Benn-Petersen
Barch-Wandell-Segal

Grossman-Robidas
Fistric-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen
Woywitka

Lehtonen
Raycroft