The 33-year-old has 190 goals and 261 assists in 662 career games, including 58 goals and 84 assists since signing with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in 2008. He also played for Florida and Calgary.
The Blue Jackets also added centre Ryan Russell to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate.
He could make his NHL debut this weekend. The Blue Jackets visit Los Angeles on Saturday.
The 23-year-old has nine goals and six assists this season with Springfield.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings