ORDEAL ENDS:

Bruins defenseman Gord Kluzak, the top pick in the 1982 NHL draft, announced his retirement after eight seasons because 11 operations on his left knee prevented him from pursuing the game he loves.

"My left knee is the only part of me that is happy with this decision," Kluzak said. "When I look back I see that I've done everything I can. I rode the stationary bike, it feels like, to Los Angeles and back. I'm thankful that I can even walk."

Kluzak missed the entire 1984-85 and 1986-87 seasons and played only 11 games during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.

He played in two games this season in a comeback try, but missed his third straight game Sunday night against the Capitals.

OUT OF ACTION:

Minnesota C Dave Gagner will miss three weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee to remove torn cartilage.

Gagner (team-high nine goals) tore the cartilage during the preseason Soviet Friendship Tour and aggravated the injury last week against Hartford.

The North Stars recalled G Brian Hayward from the team's IHL affiliate in Kalamazoo, Mich., just three days after they assigned him there for conditioning. Hayward was acquired from Montreal Nov. 7.

NOTES:

Islanders G Glenn Healy (2.33 goals-against average in three games) was named player of the week. . . . The Red Wings recalled C John Chabot, RW Tom Bissett and D Yves Racine from Adirondack of the AHL.