Jets place Bryan Little on IR, grant Dmitry Kulikov personal leave

Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little (18) checks Ottawa Senators' Thomas Chabot (72) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, February 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The Winnipeg Jets have placed centre Bryan Little on injured reserve and granted defenceman Dmitry Kulikov a personal leave, the team announced Tuesday.

In a pair of corresponding moves, the club also recalled defencemen Sami Niku and Nelson Nogier from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

Little, 31, was diagnosed with a concussion last week after taking a hit from the Minnesota Wild’s Luke Kunin in a pre-season tilt.

Kulikov’s absence is another blow to an already-shorthanded Jets blue line, which is missing Dustin Byfuglien who was suspended by the team as he mulls his future.

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