Stars reacquire D Oleksiak on day Methot has knee surgery

Dec 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (6) handles the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Ducks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars reacquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in exchange for a fourth-rank draft pick.

The deal came on the same day Stars defenseman Marc Methot underwent season-ending surgery to repair a cartilage defect in his left knee.

Dallas had sent Oleksiak to Pittsburgh in December 2017 for a fourth-round draft pick. General manager Jim Nill says the Stars know him well and that Oleksiak, who played in 36 games for Pittsburgh this season, will provide depth for an injury-depleted defense.

Methot came to Dallas from Ottawa in a trade before the 2017-18 season. Knee issues limited the defenseman to 45 games the past two seasons.