Back strain sidelined center since Dec. 7

Updated: December 16, 2003, 5:35 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Stars placed center Steve Ott on injured reserve Tuesday and recalled goaltender Jason Bacashihua because of an injury to backup goalie Ron Tugnutt.

Bacashihua is 3-10-2 with a 2.78 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage at Utah of the AHL. The 26th overall pick of the 2001 draft has never played an NHL game, but went 0-1-1 (1.54 GAA, .925) in four games this preseason.

Ott strained his back Dec. 7 at Anaheim and hasn't played since. The move was retroactive to that day. He has one goal and four assists in 28 games this season.

The Stars also sent defenseman Jeff MacMillan to Utah of the AHL and center Gavin Morgan to Hershey of the AHL.


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