Red Wings D Uwe Krupp, suspended for failing to turn over his medical records, filed a grievance against the club over the $12.3 million remaining on his contract. Krupp was suspended without pay in August for failing to turn over medical records of back problems that kept him sidelined for much of last season.
Krupp, 34, whose injury has put his career in jeopardy, last month agreed to release the records but remains suspended because the Red Wings found out he may have gone dogsledding while recovering from a herniated disk injury. At the same time, Krupp complained the persisting pain kept him from returning to the lineup.
According to the standard NHL contract, a player cannot participate in any organized sport without written consent from his team. Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Krupp never requested or received permission to race sled dogs.
STARS ACTIVATED: C Mike Modano and D Darryl Sydor of the Stars were activated from the injured reserve list. To make room on the roster, the Stars put D Shawn Chambers and C Brian Skrudland on injured reserve.
The 29-year-old Modano suffered a concussion, a broken nose and strained neck ligaments on Oct. 2 against the Mighty Ducks. He was injured when he was checked from behind and slammed into the boards by Mighty Ducks D Ruslan Salei, who has been suspended for 10 games. Sydor, 27, suffered a fractured left eye socket in the same game.
Meantime, Stars C Joe Nieuwendyk, the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, signed a three-year contract through the 2002-03 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NEWS & NOTES: Flyers star F Rod Brind'Amour suffered another setback and underwent surgery on his ailing left foot that could keep him out of the lineup for another two months. . . .
The Oilers promoted Kevin Prendergast to vice president of hockey operations.