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The Dallas Stars on Tuesday recalled veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich from the Texas Stars, their primary affiliate in the American Hockey League, after he cleared re-entry waivers.

Lukowich, 34, has skated in 67 games for the Texas Stars in 2010-11, tallying 27 points (4 goals and 23 assists) along with 59 penalty minutes. Lukowich has played in 653 NHL games, including 224 with Dallas from 1997-2002, scoring 23 goals and adding 90 assists. The Cranbrook, B.C., native helped Dallas win the Stanley Cup in 1999, playing in eight games during the playoffs, and won the Cup again in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman played 13 games with Vancouver in 2009-10, collecting a goal and an assist. He was signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 16, 2010.

Flyers recall Syvret  -- The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled defenseman Danny Syvret from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. He will be available for Tuesday night's game against Washington.

Syvret, 25, has 9 goals and 22 assists for 31 points in 45 games for the Phantoms this season since being acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 21. He signed as a free agent with Anaheim in the offseason and appeared in six games for the Ducks this season, recording a goal and an assist, and also had 4 assists in eight games for Anaheim’s AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Syvret appeared in 21 games for the Flyers last season, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists for four points.  One of the goals came in the NHL Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park, where Syvret posted his first NHL goal and the only one of the game for the Flyers. 
 
Flames bring up '08 first-round pick -- The Calgary Flames called up forward Greg Nemisz, their first-round pick in 2008, from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

Nemisz, a native of Courtice, Ont., is playing in his first professional season and is second on the team in goals (14) and points (32) in 65 games.  The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was a member of the Canadian National Junior Team in 2010, capturing a silver medal at the World Junior Championships. He was also a member of back to back Memorial Cup Championships with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010.

The Flames took Nemisz in the first round (No. 25) in the 2008 Entry Draft.

Blues call up Strachan -- The St. Louis Blues recalled defenseman Tyson Strachan from their AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, on an emergency basis. 

Strachan, 26, has appeared in 28 games for the Blues this season recording an assist and serving 34 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman has also dressed in four games for the Rivermen, posting an assist. He was signed by the Blues as a free agent on Oct. 9, 2008. 

Bolts sign college goalie -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed undrafted free agent goaltender Pat Nagle to a two-year entry-level contract.

Nagle played in 37 games with the Ferris State Bulldogs this season, posting an 18-14-5 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.  He ranked fifth in NCAA Division I in GAA, tied for ninth for shutouts with three and tied for 10th in save percentage.  Nagle also set school records for GAA and was tied for second in save percentage. 

The native of Bloomfield, Mich., was named to the All-CCHA First Team this past season and was named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate. Nagle played in 101 career games with Ferris State from 2007-10, posting a 2.32 GAA and a .916 save percentage with a 45-42-11 record and five shutouts.  Nagle has improved his GAA in each of the previous three seasons, going from 2.84 in 2008-09 to 2.02 in 2010-11. 

Ottawa calls up Wiercioch -- The Ottawa Senators have called up defenseman Patrick Wiercioch from their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. It's the first NHL call up for Wiercioch, a native of Burnaby, B.C., who was Ottawa's second-round pick (No. 42 in the 2008 Entry Draft.

Wiercioch, 20, is fourth among Binghamton defensemen in scoring with 4 goals and 16 points in 64 games. Prior to joining Binghamton for his first pro season, Wiercioch played two seasons with the University of Denver, where he scored 18 goals and had 62 points in 75 games.
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