The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Bryan Berard off Injured Reserve, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Thursday.
Berard has missed the past seven games due to a lower back injury. In 32 games this season he has recorded 6-13-19 with five power-play goals and one game-winning goal, ranking T-19th in goals by a defenseman. Berard leads the Blue Jackets with 94 shots on goal and ranks second on the team in average ice time (22:46). A free agent signing by the Blue Jackets this summer, Berard has scored 65-220-285 with 31 power-play goals and 10 game-winning goals in 542 career NHL games.
The Blue Jackets open a three-game West Coast road trip tonight when they travel to face the San Jose Sharks. Game time is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.