Ericsson latest Red Wing injured

December 16, 2009

Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson has been sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.

The Red Wings on Tuesday recalled defenseman Doug Janik from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to replace Ericsson, who sustained a bone bruise to his left knee in a collision with Phoenix forward Shane Doan during Monday night's 3-2 win.

Further tests showed no damage to the major ligaments within Ericsson's knee. In 31 games this season, Ericsson has three goals and seven assists and a minus-7 rating.

Janik will be in the lineup for Thursday's home game against Tampa Bay.

•Former Hurricanes goaltender Michael Leighton was claimed off waivers by the Flyers.

Leighton was 1-4 with a 4.29 goals-against average in seven games this season with Carolina.

He began the year as Cam Ward's backup but became expendable when Ward was hurt and the Hurricanes signed free-agent goalie Manny Legace. Ward was activated Dec. 8.

The move brings Leighton back to Philadelphia, where he went 2-2 in four games in 2006-07, and reunites him with new Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, who was with the Hurricanes when they acquired Leighton in a draft-day trade with Montreal in 2007.

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