Minnesota Wild star Marian Gaborik was placed on injured reserve yesterday because of an unspecified lower-body injury that has kept him out of four straight games.
Fellow forward Owen Nolan, a former Calgary Flame, was activated from IR before the Wild faced the Columbus Blue Jackets. He missed the previous three games because of a leg injury.
Players on injured reserve don't count against the active roster limit of 23, and must remain on the list for seven days.
But moves are retroactive, so the speedy Gaborik, who has not played since Oct. 14, could come off IR at any time.
Gaborik has battled a variety of ailments to leg muscles throughout his career in Minnesota. He's in the final year of his contract, and negotiations are at an impasse.
Bruins apologize for gaffe
The game between the host Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers in Boston last night saw a third-period format change due to incorrect markings on the TD Banknorth Garden ice.
The Bruins and Thrashers began the third defending the same goals they did in the second. At the halfway point of the final period, the two teams switched ends.
The unusual change was a result of ice in the West End of the rink. The two faceoff circles are 24 feet (roughly eight metres) from the goal line -- four feet longer than NHL specifications. The corresponding faceoff circles are also four feet further away from the goal-line.
The ice sheet will be replaced prior to the Bruins' next home game Nov. 1.
"This oversight is simply an inexcusable and disappointing error for which we apologize to the Boston Bruins and NHL at large," John Wentzell, the president of Banknorth Garden, said prior to the game in a statement.