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Columbus Blue Jackets Activate Center Jeff Carter Off Injured Reserve; Place Goaltender Curtis Sanford on Injured Reserve

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Jeff Carter off injured reserve and placed goaltender Curtis Sanford on injured reserve, retroactive to October 17, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced November 12.

Jeff Carter

Carter, 26, has missed the last 10 games due to a foot injury suffered at Dallas on October 15. He has registered three assists, four penalty minutes and is +1 in five games with the Blue Jackets this season. In 466 career NHL games, he has collected 181-165-346 with 292 penalty minutes and a +52 plus/minus rating with Columbus and Philadelphia. He has hit the 30-goal mark in each of the past three campaigns and made his All-Star Game debut in 2009.

The London, Ontario native tallied 36-30-66, 39 penalty minutes and was +27 (13th in NHL) in 80 games with Philadelphia in 2010-11, leading the Flyers in goals (seventh in NHL), power play goals (eight-tied), game-winning goals (seven/12th in NHL tied with Columbus’ Rick Nash) and shots on goal (335/third in NHL). In 2009-10, he racked up 33-28-61 and 38 penalty minutes with 11 power play goals and 319 shots (third in NHL) in 74 games. He had his best season to date in 2008-09 when he tallied a career-high 46-38-84, 68 penalty minutes and was +23 in 82 games to lead the club in goals (second in NHL), points (12th in NHL), power play goals (13/13th-tied in NHL), game-winning goals (12/1st in NHL) and shots (342/fourth in NHL).

Philadelphia’s first pick, 11th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, Carter made his pro debut with the American Hockey League’s Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs. After completing his major junior career with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2004-05, he appeared in three regular season games with the Phantoms and then tallied 12-11-23 in 21 games to help lead the club to the Calder Cup championship. He made his Flyers debut the following year, scoring 23-19-42 with 40 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 81 games.

Curtis Sanford

Sanford, 32, has missed the last 10 games due to a lower body injury suffered in practice on October 17. He has appeared in one game with the Blue Jackets this season, stopping all three shots he faced in relief of Steve Mason at Minnesota on October 8. He has compiled a 37-37-11 record, 2.75 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and five shutouts in 109 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks during his 11-plus year pro career.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when the club hosts the Winnipeg Jets. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.

Single game tickets for the Blue Jackets home games starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com, the official club web site, and ticketmaster.com

Full and partial season ticket plans for the Blue Jackets’ 2011-12 season are on sale now starting at less than $15 per game. Full and partial-season ticket holders receive a number of great benefits including significant savings versus single-game prices; the best available seat locations; exclusive access to events with players and coaches; and priority access to tickets for most other events at Nationwide Arena and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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