Detroit made the move Monday, keeping Vanek out of the lineup for at least four more games. He's eligible to play Nov. 20 against Calgary.
The 32-year-old Vanek, signed July 1 as a free agent, had eight points in seven games. He helped the Red Wings start the season 6-2. Without him, they have lost five straight. Vanek missed his sixth straight game Sunday night when Detroit lost 2-1 to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Red Wings recalled 21-year-old winger Tyler Bertuzzi from the Grand Rapids Griffins. The nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi has four points in nine games this season.