Originally created 01/16/04

Wild put Walz on IR, call up defenseman

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild placed center Wes Walz on injured reserve Thursday and recalled defenseman Zbynek Michalek from Houston of the AHL.

Walz sprained his right shoulder Jan. 5 and hasn't played since. He is tied for the team lead in goals with nine.

Michalek has 10 points, including three goals, in 37 games with Houston. The Czech, signed by the Wild as a free agent in September 2001, has not appeared in an NHL game.

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