Desperate for some offensive creativity, the Vancouver Canucks recalled forwards Kyle Wellwood and Jason Krog from the Manitoba Moose, their AHL affiliate in Winnipeg, on Tuesday.
Wellwood paid immediate dividends, posting one goal and one assist in Vancouver's 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The crafty 25-year-old has played one previous game for the Canucks since they claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 25.
Toronto placed Wellwood on waivers because he would have been eligible for restricted free agency on July 1 and, in part, because he was injury prone, having missed 57 games the past two seasons with a sports hernia injury.
The native of Windsor, Ont., posted 31 goals and 108 points in 189 games with the Maple Leafs, who drafted him in the fifth round (134th overall) in 2001.
But he had just eight goals and 21 points in 59 games last season.
Krog, 33, signed a one-year, $700,000 US contract with the Canucks on July 14.
The Fernie, B.C., native led the AHL in scoring last season with 112 points in 80 games for the Chicago Wolves, meriting most valuable player honours in both the regular season and Calder Cup playoffs.
Krog skated 11 shifts in Tuesday's setback, winning two of five faceoffs.