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NHL Roundup: Blackhawks' Hossa back, Penguins Martin out 4-6 weeks

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Veteran forward Marian Hossa returned to the Chicago Blackhawks after missing two games to be with his hospitalized wife.

Hossa rejoined the team for its Wednesday night game at Calgary. He left the team last weekend during a road trip and returned to Chicago after his wife became ill. She has since been released.

"You love hockey so much, but family is the most important thing for me and, I'm sure, everyone here," Hossa told CSNChicago.com.

In 20 games this season, Hossa, 34, has 10 goals and seven assists.

The Blackhawks also sent 22-year-old forward Jeremy Morin to Rockford of the AHL.

---The Detroit Red Wings finalized a six-year contract extension with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.

The Detroit Free-Press reported that the contract is worth $25.5 million, with a $4.25 million salary cap hit each season.

This season, an upper-body injury has limited Ericcson, 29, to 15 games. He has one goal and four assists and is in the final season of a three-year, $9.75 million contract signed in 2011. He has spent his entire seven-year career with the Red Wings.

---Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will miss four to six weeks with a fractured tibia, coach Dan Bylsma said.

Martin, 32, was injured Monday night in Boston during a game against the Bruins. The broken leg didn't stop him from finishing the game.

Martin has two goals and nine assists for 11 points, which is tied for the team high for defensemen.

Injuries have taken a toll on the Penguins this season. Forward Tanner Glass is out three to four weeks with a broken hand and forward Beau Bennett will miss eight to 10 weeks after wrist surgery. Right winger Chuck Kobasew (lower body) and defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) are on injured reserve, and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is on long-term injured reserve.

Martin is a candidate for the U.S. Olympic team, but the injury is not expected to jeopardize his chances to make the roster, which should be announced in January.

---The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday claimed forward Matt D'Agostini off waivers, according to The Sports Network in Canada.

Buffalo becomes the fifth team that D'Agostini, 27, has played for, having prior stints with Montreal, St. Louis, New Jersey and most recently Pittsburgh.

He appeared in eight games for the Penguins, most recently Monday. He missed three weeks with a lower-body injury while also being a healthy scratch in several other games.

D'Agostini signed a one-year, $550,000 free-agent contract with the Penguins in July, looking to potentially resurrect his fledgling career. His best seasons were 2008-09 with the Canadiens (scored 12 goals and 21 points), and 2010-11 with the Blues (was third on the team in scoring with a career-high 21 goals and 46 points).

He was traded from the Blues to the Devils after the 2011-12 season, but scored just four points in 13 games in the lockout-shortened 2013 season. New Jersey did not offer him a qualifying offer at season's end.
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