COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Brian Gibbons on Injured Reserve and recalled center Alexander Wennberg from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club has also recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from his conditioning assignment with Springfield.
Gibbons, 26, suffered a knee injury in Thursday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Washington and is expected to miss two to three weeks. He has collected five assists and six penalty minutes in 21 games in his first season with the Blue Jackets and has added 1-4-5 in seven contests with Springfield. Signed as a free agent in July 2014, the Braintree, Massachusetts native has recorded 5-17-22 and 12 penalty minutes in 62 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Goloubef, 24, recorded two penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets before suffering a knee injury on November 1 at New Jersey. He has an even plus/minus rating in three games with Springfield since being loaned to the Falcons on a conditioning assignment on December 10. The Oakville, Ontario native was Columbus’ second pick, 37th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and has posted 1-0-1 with four penalty minutes in 20 career NHL games, while adding 18-52-70 and 232 penalty minutes in 201 career AHL games.
Wennberg, 20, recorded his first NHL point (assist) in his NHL debut on October 9 at Buffalo, and has notched three assists and eight penalty minutes in 21 games with the Blue Jackets this season. The Stockholm, Sweden native has also registered 0-3-3 and 12 penalty minutes in six games with Springfield. The club’s first pick, 14th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, Wennberg posted 16-5-21 and eight penalty minutes in 50 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time from Nationwide Arena 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 Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.