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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blue Jackets' Johnson says he's playing vs. Oilers

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson told the Columbus Dispatch that he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Johnson has missed the previous four games with an upper-body injury.

Johnson has eight points in 18 games, and is fourth in the League with 26:13 of ice time per game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:44 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rangers sign Nicholls

The New York Rangers announced Tuesday the club has signed free-agent forward Josh Nicholls.

Playing with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League this season, Nicholls, 20, is tied for fifth in the WHL with 41 goals, and he has 73 points in 65 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:38 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Islanders' Visnovsky out Tuesday for personal reasons

New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky will miss Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens due to personal reasons.

According to a report by Arthur Staple of Newsday, Visnovsky also will miss Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:21 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineup for Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets had injured defenseman Jack Johnson on the ice ahead of the rest of the team Tuesday morning, and there's a chance he could return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

However, Johnson's availability is questionable, so here is the lineup the Columbus Blue Jackets could use against the Oilers on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena:

Matt Calvert - Artem Anisimov - Cam Atkinson

RJ Umberger - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno

Vinny Prospal - Mark Letestu - Derek Dorsett

Derek MacKenzie - Derick Brassard - Jared Boll

Tim Erixon - Adrian Aucoin

Fedor Tyutin - Cody Goloubef

Nikita Nikitin - Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Steve Mason

Scratched: Colton Gillies, Nick Drazenovich

Injured: James Wisniewski, Jack Johnson, Nikita Nikitin, John Moore, Brandon Dubinsky

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:04 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

No Green, Brouwer for Capitals at morning skate

The Washington Post is reporting the Washington Capitals had nine defensemen on the ice for Tuesday morning's practice, but Mike Green was not among them.

Green sat out the March 2 game at the Winnipeg Jets due to a groin injury, and the newspaper is reporting it's unlikely he plays Tuesday against the visiting Boston Bruins.

The Post also is reporting that forward Troy Brouwer was not on the ice Tuesday morning due to illness, putting his availability for Tuesday's game in question.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 6:31 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Leafs sign third-round pick to contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that they have signed forward Josh Leivo to a three-year NHL Entry Level contract.

The left-winger recorded 19 goals and added 25 assists for 44 points in 34 games while serving as an alternate captain with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season. He later joined Kitchener in a trade on Jan. 8. He currently has seven goals and 15 assists in 23 games for the Rangers.

Leivo, 19, was Toronto’s third choice, 86th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 3:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blue Jackets place Moore on IR

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday placed defenseman John Moore on injured reserve.

Moore has been sidelined the past two games with a shoulder injury he suffered during the team's morning skate in Chicago on March 1. He's expected to be out 2-3 weeks.

A first-round pick (No. 21) of the Blue Jackets in 2009, Moore has two goals and eight points in 82 career games with the Blue Jackets. He has one assist in 13 matches this season.

Columbus will play host to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 12:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Predators claim Butler off waivers from Devils

The Nashville Predators on Monday claimed right wing Bobby Butler off waivers from the New Jersey Devils.

Butler was the extra forward on the ice with the Devils during the team's morning skate on Monday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. New Jersey is scheduled to play the Maple Leafs on Monday. He was placed on waivers by the Devils on Sunday.

Butler, who spent three seasons with the Ottawa Senators before being signed to a two-way contract by the Devils on Aug. 9, has one goal, two points and a minus-6 rating in 14 games in New Jersey this season.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 11:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Report: Read practicing with contact for Flyers

The Courier-Post is reporting that Philadelphia Flyers right wing Matt Read, who has been sidelined since late last month with an upper body injury, is on the ice Monday practicing in a white, contact-allowed jersey, at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.

Read suffered torn rib cage muscles on Feb. 20 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and was expected to miss six weeks.

At the time of his injury, Read had seven goals and 13 points in 18 games for the Flyers.

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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 10:50 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Maple Leafs trade Brown to Oilers for draft pick

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Mike Brown to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

If the Oilers qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, they will give the Maple Leafs their third-round pick in 2014, according to reports.

Brown is known for his toughness and willingness to fight, and has amassed 70 penalty minutes along with one assist in 12 games this season.

The trade is conditional on Brown passing a physical by noon Tuesday.

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