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
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
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
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
Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning recalled
right wing Evgeny Artyukhin and center Nick Tarnasky from the
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
Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.