COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Pascal Leclaire on Injured Reserve and recalled goaltender Ty Conklin and forward Joakim Lindstrom (emergency recall) from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Conklin and Lindstrom are expected to be in the lineup when Columbus hosts the Boston Bruins tonight at Nationwide Arena.
Leclaire suffered a knee injury vs. Vancouver on December 22 and will be sidelined indefinitely. The club’s top pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, has appeared in 21 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He is 6-12-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and one shutout.
Conklin, 30, has stopped 10-of-11 shots in 54:32 of action in two games with the Blue Jackets in 2006-07, relieving Fredrik Norrena Dec. 16 vs. Chicago and Dec. 20 at Detroit. He has a 2-10-1 record with a 3.33 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 14 games with Syracuse this season. The Anchorage, Alaska, native signed as a free agent with the Blue Jackets on July 6, 2006, after spending five seasons in the Edmonton Oilers organization. In 62 career NHL games, he has posted a 27-19-5 record, 2.47 GAA and .905 SV%.
Lindstrom, 23, has collected two goals and six assists for eight points with four penalty minutes in 14 games with Syracuse this season. Columbus second pick, 41st overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, he made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets last season and was scoreless in three games. The Skelleftea, Sweden, native made his North American debut with the Crunch during the 2004-05 season. In 91 career AHL games, he has registered 20-38-59 and 56 penalty minutes.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Bruins. The game will be televised nationally on the Versus Network beginning at 7 p.m. 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.
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