Stars defenseman Patrick Sharp will be in Dallas this weekend to play in his last game before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a broken right knee.
Sharp has not played since Feb. 26 because of a concussion and the team is not expected to play him in the opening game of a new five-game homestand.
Sharp, 32, has had a solid season but the injury to his knee, which was repaired at the start of the season, has been a source of frustration.
The NHL’s concussion protocol allows a player who has not yet returned from a concussion to play after the first of five tests, but Sharp has missed the first two games.
“I’ve always been ready to play when I was ready,” Sharp told NHL Network’s Elliotte Friedman on Thursday.
“So I’m not going to sit around and let the doctors decide if I’m playing in a game or not.”
Sharp, a six-time All-Star, played only nine games last season because of the concussion, the first since 2008-09 when he had seven in a row.
The injury also limited him to seven games in 2013-14.
Sharp is also dealing with a lingering back injury, which he said will be resolved in time.
“It’s a good thing, because it’s something I’ve been battling for years,” Sharp said.
“There’s not much left.
This is the best thing I could have asked for. “
This is the first time I’m back.
This is the best thing I could have asked for.
So I’m very excited to play again.”
Sharp is one of the best players on the team and the league’s top defenseman, but he is also coming off a season in which he was one of only two defensemen with at least 30 goals.
He is third on the Stars with 37 assists.