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NHL injury roundup: Sergei Gonchar, Pascal Dupuis, Jiri Tlusty

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Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar, 39, is playing in his 19th NHL season and for his fourth team.

DALLAS (AP) --The Dallas Stars have put defenseman Sergei Gonchar on the injured list and activated Aaron Rome to take his place.

The 39-year-old Gonchar has been out with concussion-like symptoms since he was hit by a puck Dec. 21 against San Jose. He leads Dallas defensemen with 12 points (all assists) in 35 games.

Rome is in his second season with the Stars and has five assists in 30 games with Dallas. He has been out since sustaining an apparent leg injury Dec. 16 at Colorado.

Nashville was playing at Dallas on Friday night.

Dupuis could miss rest of season with knee injury

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says top-line forward Pascal Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Bylsma said Friday after the team's game-day skate that Dupuis will have surgery "in a couple of weeks" to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

Bylsma says he has no timetable for Dupuis' return and it's "likely that it might" end his season.

Dupuis hurt his right knee in a loss at Ottawa on Monday when Senators defenseman Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, sending him into Dupuis.

He has seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games. Joe Vitalie will replace him on the top line.

Bylsma also says defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Tanner Glass are scheduled to be activated from injured reserve before Friday night's game at Carolina.

Hurricanes: Tlusty out 2-3 weeks after appendectomy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty will miss two to three weeks after having his appendix removed.

The Hurricanes filled his spot by recalling forward Zach Boychuk from Charlotte of the AHL.

The moves were announced Friday, about nine hours before Carolina's game against the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team says Tlusty underwent an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday.

This is the second time this season that Boychuk has been called up. He has eight goals and 13 assists in 86 career games with the Hurricanes, Penguins and Nashville.

Columbus Blue Jackets sign RW Oliver Bjorkstrand

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Bjorkstrand was the club's fifth pick, 89th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft.

The 6-foot, 169-pounder has 25 goals and 31 assists and a +21 plus/minus rating in 32 games this season, helping Portland amass the WHL's second-best record at 23-8-2-2. He's currently tied for third in the league in short-handed goals (3), fourth in goals and points, tied for seventh in game-winning goals (4) and eighth in assists and plus/minus.

Bjorkstrand has 56 goals and 63 assists and a +59 plus/minus rating in 97 career WHL games.

The Herning, Denmark, native also represented his country at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

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