Klesla returns

RANDY SPORTAK AND SUN WIRES

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets activated defenceman Rostislav Klesla off injured reserve yesterday.

He had missed the past several weeks with a high ankle sprain. His return will bolster a roster already missing several top players.

Klesla has one goal and two assists with eight penalty minutes in 11 games this season. The fourth overall pick in the 2000 draft -- the franchise's first pick ever -- has 36 goals and 73 assists in 421 career NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets recently lost rookie scoring leader Derick Brassard for the season.

OSGOOD OK

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood was able to practise hard during the morning skate yesterday and won't have to go on the long-term injured reserve list.

Osgood, who injured his groin against Colorado on Dec. 15, has been backing up Ty Conklin in the games since his injury.

It wasn't getting any better and came down to if he could practise effectively the morning of the Red Wings' game against the St. Louis Blues.

"It was just tight but I want it to be 100% and that way I know I won," he said.

"I think I'll be at that point after Christmas, I'll get some practices in and then I'll be ready to play."

NO TIME TO WASTE

CALGARY -- Brett Sutter truly was caught off guard by his summons to the Calgary Flames.

The proof was on his hands and feet.

When he took to the ice for last night's game against the Anaheim Ducks, Sutter was wearing skates and gloves he hadn't used since the 2007 WHL playoffs.

At that time, he played for the Red Deer Rebels.

Sutter's skates and gloves were lying around the house in Viking when he received the call to get to Calgary. His Quad City Flames equipment bag returned to Moline, Ill., so he had to be suited up with new gear in Calgary.

"Yeah, none of my equipment made it," he said.

"The new stuff's a little stiff, so I thought I'd throw something on I'd been wearing before. Hopefully, it's got a little magic left in it."

He didn't head into last night's game thinking about offensive prowess.

"I won't try to do anything too fancy, play the game and get the nerves out early," he said.

He did expect to hear opposing players ask whether he's with the big club because his father, Darryl, is the GM.

"I'm used to hearing that kind of thing. I heard it all through junior hockey and in my first couple years of pro it happens once in a while.

"It's something that goes in one ear and out the other."


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