Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that forward Denis Gurianov has been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team due to family reasons. The Organization did not release any more details on the situation.
Gurianov, a 25-year-old winger, has been an important part of the Stars team for the past 4 seasons. This season, he recorded 2 goals and 3 assists in 25 games. These numbers are below is averages, last season he had 31 points in 73 games. He was drafted 12th overall in the 2015 NHL draft by the Stars and has developed into a consistent player for the team.
While the Stars will certainly miss Gurianov on the ice, the team is supportive of his decision to take time away to attend to his family. The Stars organization wishes Gurianov and his family all the best during this difficult time and looks forward to his return to the team when he is ready.
In the meantime, the Stars will have to rely on their other talented forwards to step up and fill the void left by Gurianov’s absence. The Stars have a deep and talented roster that is more than capable of overcoming this setback.
The Stars currently sit first in the Central Division, having scored the second highest amount of goals in the league with 118. They have 44 points from 33 games.
Overall, the news of Gurianov’s leave of absence is certainly a blow to the Stars, but the team is committed to supporting him and his family during this time of need. The Stars will continue to work hard and compete on the ice, with the hope of making a strong push for the playoffs.
We wish the best for Gurianov and hope everything is okay.