Defenseman sidelined with chest injury

Updated: October 12, 2003, 1:57 PM ET
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Los Angeles Kings: Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a bruised chest.

Norstrom was injured in the first period of the opener last Thursday in Detroit. He was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Friday and is eligible to be activated on Oct. 17.

Norstrom appeared in all 82 games with the Kings last season, with six assists and 49 penalty minutes.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Columbus activated left wing Geoff Sanderson off injured reserve on Saturday and assigned center Sean Pronger to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

The club also signed defenseman Anders Eriksson to a one-year contract and assigned him to Syracuse.

Sanderson, the Blue Jackets leading goal scorer last season with 34 goals and 67 points in 82 games, suffered a shoulder injury during an intrasquad scrimmage on Sept. 15. He missed all eight preseason games and Thursday's season-opener at Atlanta, but was cleared to play in time for the team's home opener on Saturday night against the New York Rangers.

An original Blue Jacket, Sanderson has 75 goals and 64 assists in 192 games with the club since 2000. He has 300 goals and 576 points during his 13-year NHL career with Columbus, Buffalo, Vancouver and Carolina/Hartford.

Pronger, 30, appeared in 78 games for the Blue Jackets last season, scoring seven goals and totaling 13 points.

Eriksson, 28, attended training camp with the Blue Jackets on a tryout agreement and appeared in three preseason games. He is a former first-round pick, 22nd overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in 1993 and has played 346 career games in the NHL with Detroit, Chicago, Florida, and Toronto.