National Hockey League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The Columbus Blue Jackets placed center Mark Letestu and defenseman James Wisniewski on injured reserve Thursday and brought up centers Sean Collins and Brian Gibbons from the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.
Detroit Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss returned from Grand Rapids to be evaluated for a groin injury.
Weiss, who signed a five-year, $24.9 million contract in 2013, played only 26 games last season while dealing with a sports hernia. He was shipped to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate for conditioning and left Wednesday night's game with an apparent groin injury and did not practice Thursday morning.
The Dallas Stars activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve Thursday and assigned him to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment.
Nichushkin, the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft, has missed the last seven games with a lower-body injury suffered Oct. 11 at Nashville. He has played in two games this season.
The Calgary Flames placed center Mikael Backlund on injured reserve and recalled forward Michael Ferland from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Continued...