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Around the NHL: Huselius on IR

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The Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday placed left wing Kristian Huselius on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 18. Huselius, who suffered a lower body injury at Chicago that night, is listed as day-to-day.

The 32-year-old has 12 goals and 9 assists for 21 points and 8 penalty minutes in 35 games this season. He is tied for the team lead in power-play goals with five. Huselius has 188 goals and 449 points in 656 NHL games with Florida, Calgary and Columbus.

Thrashers activate Modin, demote Rissmiller -- The Atlanta Thrashers on Friday activated forward Freddy Modin from IR and reassigned forward Patrick Rissmiller to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Modin, 36, has 7 goals and 10 points in 34 games for the Thrashers this season. The Sundsvall, Sweden, native has 232 goals and 462 points in 892 career NHL games with Toronto, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Modin was signed by the Thrashers as a free agent on Sept. 6, 2010.

Rissmiller, 32, has 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 48 AHL games this season with Chicago and Lake Erie.  He ranks fourth on the Monsters in points, third in assists, and is fifth in goals.  He played in one game for the Thrashes after being recalled on Feb. 21.

Rissmiller has appeared in 183 career NHL games with San Jose, the New York Rangers and the Thrashers, scoring 18 goals and amassing 45 points. .

Sawada off IR, sent to AHL -- The Dallas Stars activated right wing Raymond Sawada from injured reserve and assigned him to the Texas Stars, their AHL affiliate
 
Sawada, 26, injured his shoulder Feb. 3 at Boston and has missed the last nine games. He has played in 36 games for Texas this season, collecting 17 points (7 goals and 10 assists). Sawada has appeared in 11 NHL games in his career, all with Dallas, scoring one goal. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound right wing helped the Texas Stars reach the Calder Cup Finals in the club’s inaugural season. The Stars took the Richmond, B.C., native in the second round (No. 52) of the 2004 Entry Draft. He signed with the team in 2008 after playing four years at Cornell.

Coyotes recall MacLean -- The Phoenix Coyotes recalled right wing Brett MacLean from the San Antonio Rampage, their AHL affiliate. MacLean will be available for Friday night’s game against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

MacLean has 23 goals and 49 points in 50 games with San Antonio this season. The 22-year-old also scored his first NHL goal during a two-game callup by the Coyotes earlier in the season. Phoenix took MacLean in the second round (No. 32) of the 2008 Entry Draft.

Oilers bring up Gerber -- Edmonton recalled 36-year-old goaltender Martin Gerber from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Gerber has played in 34 games with the Barons this season, compiling a 19-12-3 record with four shutouts, a 2.49 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He was 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .950 save percentage in a two-game stint with the Oilers in November.

The native of Burgdorf, Switzerland, native has appeared in 228 NHL games with a 112-78-7-14 record, 2.64 GAA and .910 save percentage. He signed as a free agent with the Oilers last summer.

Hawks return Leddy to AHL
-- The Chicago Blackhawks on Friday assigned defenseman Nick Leddy to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

Leddy, 19, has 2 goals in 25 games with the Blackhawks as well as 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) in 22 AHL game with Rockford this season, his first as a pro. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native also won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2011 World Junior Championships in January collecting 2 assists and a plus-1 rating in five games.

Flyers call up Gustafsson -- The Philadelphia Flyers on Friday recalled defenseman Erik Gustafsson from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Gustafsson will join the team in Ottawa and will be available for Saturday night’s game against the Senators.

It's the second NHL call-up for the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Swedish defenseman.  He was recalled on Dec. 29 and spent five days with the Flyers before being returned to Adirondack on Jan. 3, but did not appear in any of the three games the Flyers played while he was on the roster.

Gustafsson, 22, was signed by the Flyers as a free agent on March 3, 2010, after he played three seasons of college hockey at Northern Michigan. He is tied for the team lead in scoring with 33 points (5 goals, 28 assists) in 53 games.  The 28 assists rank first among AHL rookies. 


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