New Jersey Devils place Ondrej Palat on injured reserve

The New Jersey Devils placed veteran forward Ondrej Palat on the disabled list on Saturday.

The decision, which is retroactive to Oct. 24, comes after Palat missed the Devils’ previous two games, including Friday’s 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

In the team’s press release on Saturday, the Devils called Palat’s injury a “lower body” and said he would meet with doctors on Monday to make “a final decision” on the next course of action.

A 10-year NHL veteran who won two Stanley Cup titles with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Palat, 31, joined the Devils over the summer through free agency. Shortly after Tampa Bay’s loss to the Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals, Palat landed a five-year contract averaging $6 million annually with the Devils.

Playing largely on New Jersey’s first line, Palat has three goals on eight shots and has filled a dire need on the Devils’ power play unit.

With the roster spot available, New Jersey recalled veteran forward Andreas Johnsson from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. Johnsson, 27, got caught up in a numbers game during training camp as New Jersey opted to go with younger prospects on its opening roster.

Johnsson allowed the waivers, however, allowing New Jersey to send him to the AHL and keep him on the payroll. He had one goal and six points in four games with Utica. Johnsson has 48 goals and 113 points in six NHL seasons.

New Jersey has won two in a row and will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

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