Thrashers put Vigier on injured reserve

Updated: October 19, 2005, 8:02 PM ET
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Atlanta Thrashers: The reeling Thrashers on Wednesday placed right wing J.P. Vigier on injured reserve, retroactive to Sunday, with a broken bone in his right foot.

Vigier, 29, suffered the injury in the loss to the Maple Leafs but played in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers, Atlanta's third straight loss since superstar left wing Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the lineup after a holdout.

Atlanta, which has been outscored, 16-2, in its last three games, also will be without defenseman Andy Sutton for the next three contests after receiving a match penalty for intent to injure in the third period of the loss to Toronto. Sutton began serving his four-game suspension Saturday against the Rangers.

The 6-0, 200-pound Vigier recorded a career-high 10 goals and 18 points in 70 games with the Thrashers in 2003-04. He has one assist in six games this season.

New York Rangers: The Rangers activated goalie Kevin Weekes from the injured list and also recalled suspended defenseman Dale Purinton and assigned rookie goalie Chris Holt to Hartford of the American Hockey League.

Weekes, who was sidelined by a groin injury, backed up Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday night against the New York Islanders. Weekes is 1-1-1 with a 3.30 goals-against average in three games this season.

Purinton, serving a 10-game suspension for gouging Boston's Colton Orr in the eye during an exhibition game, will be eligible to return Oct. 27 against the Islanders.

Holt was called up from Hartford on Monday and served as Lundqvist's backup Monday night when the Swedish rookie sensation beat the Florida Panthers 4-0 for his first NHL shutout and third straight victory.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Goaltender Pascal Leclaire and right wing Jaroslav Balastik were sent down to the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

The team recalled goaltender Martin Prusek.

Signed as a free agent in August, Prusek had a 2-1-0 record with a 3.67 goals-against average and .890 save percentage with Syracuse. He went 28-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 48 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators from 2001-04.

Leclaire, Columbus' first pick in the 2001 draft, was 0-2-0 with a 3.56 goals-against average.

Balastik, the ninth pick in the 2002 draft, made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets this season. He had one assist in five games after leading the Czech Elite League in goal scoring the past two seasons.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning recalled right wing Evgeny Artyukhin and center Nick Tarnasky from the minors.

Artyukhin had two goals and an assist in three games with Springfield of the AHL. Tarnasky has no points in three games.

Both could be making their NHL debuts Friday night against Ottawa.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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