COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Rick Nash on Injured Reserve retroactive to January 5 and defenseman Duvie Westcott on Injured Reserve retroactive to January 6, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Nash suffered a back injury at Anaheim on January 5 and is day-to-day, while Westcott suffered a concussion at San Jose on January 6 and will be sidelined indefinitely.
The club has also recalled left wing Alexandre Picard and defenseman Derrick Walser from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate. Both players are expected to join the team for tomorrow night’s game at Nashville.
Nash has appeared in 39 games this season and is tied for the club lead with 13 goals and ranks second with 17 assists and 30 points. The 2004 “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner has tallied 102-78-180 and 244 penalty minutes in 247 career NHL games. Westcott has collected 4-6-10 and 18 penalty minutes in 23 games this season. In 178 career NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets, he has registered 10-42-52 and 269 penalty minutes during his five-year career.
Picard, 21, has appeared in seven games with the Blue Jackets this season and has collected 14 penalty minutes in 24 career NHL games with the club. In 28 games with Syracuse, he has 7-6-13 and 32 penalty minutes. Columbus’s top pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, he has registered 22-21-43 and 84 penalty minutes in 73 career AHL games.
Walser was acquired by Columbus from Carolina in exchange for defenseman Mark Flood on November 29. He has tallied 3-10-13 and 27 penalty minutes in 23 AHL games with the Crunch and Albany River Rats this season. He spent parts of three seasons with the Blue Jackets from 2001-04 and collected 6-21-27 and 56 penalty minutes in 82 career NHL games. Walser spent the past two seasons playing for Berlin in Germany.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they visit the Nashville Predators. Game time is set for 8 p.m. with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the Ice Breaker pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. 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.