COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Both players are expected to return to action when Columbus hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
Gaborik, 31, has missed the past 17 games with a knee injury. He has scored five goals and dished out six assists for 11 points in 17 appearances with Columbus this season. In 786 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, he has registered 341-344-685 and a plus/minus rating of +91. He has scored 40 or more goals in a season on three occasions, 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2011-12.
A native of Trencin, Slovakia, Gaborik has represented his country at several international tournaments including the Olympic Games (2006 & 2010), IIHF World Championships (2001, 2004, 2005 & 2007), the World Cup of Hockey (2004), IIHF World Junior Championships (1999 - Bronze & 2000), IIHF World U18 Championships (1999 & 2000) and IIHF European Junior Championships (1998). He was acquired by the Jackets in a trade with the Rangers on April 5, 2013.
Wisniewski, 29, has missed the past six games with an upper body injury. He currently leads all Columbus defensemen in scoring with 2-16-18 and his eight power play assists is the highest total on the team overall. A native of Canton, Michigan, Wisniewski has recorded 40-167-207 in 435 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Islanders, Ducks and Blackhawks. Columbus acquired his rights in a trade with Montreal on June 29, 2011.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.