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Blue Jackets Activate Leclaire Off IR; Assign Conklin, Konopka to Syracuse (AHL)

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated goaltender Pascal Leclaire off Injured Reserve and assigned goaltender Ty Conklin and forward Zenon Konopka to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus American Hockey League affiliate, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.

Leclaire, 24, has gone 6-12-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and one shutout in 21 games this season. He has missed the past 20 games due to a knee injury suffered on December 22 vs. the Vancouver Canucks. Columbus first pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft is 17-29-5 with a 3.14 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout in 56 career NHL games.

Conklin appeared in 10 games with the Blue Jackets, starting five, and went 2-3-1 with a 3.38 goals-against average and .870 save percentage. He is 2-10-1 with a 3.33 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 14 games with Syracuse this season. Konopka registered 20 penalty minutes in three games with Columbus after being acquired in a trade from Anaheim on January 26. He tallied 11-24-35 and 97 penalty minutes in 42 AHL games with the Portland Pirates prior to joining the Blue Jackets organization.

The Blue Jackets return to action on Sunday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena. Game time set for 3:30 p.m. ET with live television coverage on NBC. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.

Individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and on-line at www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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