COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Brett Lebda off injured reserve and placed goaltender Curtis Sanford on injured reserve, retroactive to February 9, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced February 17. Sanford, who has missed the last three games due to an upper body injury suffered against Dallas on February 9, is listed as day-to-day.
Lebda, 30, missed five games due to a hand injury suffered at Anaheim on February 3. He has recorded one goal and two penalty minutes in five games with Columbus this season, after signing with the club on January 19. He has registered 20 goals and 53 assists for 73 points with 217 penalty minutes and a +16 plus/minus rating in 372 career NHL games with Detroit, Toronto and the Blue Jackets. This season, he appeared in 26 games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and collected 1-9-10 and 18 penalty minutes with an even plus/minus rating.
Lebda spent six-plus seasons in the Red Wings organization after signing with the club as a free agent on Apr. 3, 2004. He went on to collect 18-50-68 and 201 penalty minutes in 326 games with Detroit from 2005-10, including a career-high 5-13-18 and 61 penalty minutes in 2006-07. He added 0-10-10 and 40 penalty minutes in 62 playoff games and helped the Red Wings capture the Stanley Cup following the 2007-08 season. He spent the 2010-11 season with Toronto and picked up 1-3-4 and 14 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Maple Leafs.
A native of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, he spent two years with the United States National Team Development Program before playing four seasons at the University of Notre Dame (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) from 2000-04. He registered 26-59-85 and 253 penalty minutes in 152 career games, earning CCHA All-Rookie Team honors in 2000-01 and CCHA Second All-Star Team honors in 2003-04.
The Blue Jackets return to action Saturday when the club hosts the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 1 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 12:30 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 in Columbus 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 OhioHealth 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 www.ticketmaster.com.
The 2013 NHL All-Star Game is coming to Columbus Jan. 26-27, 2013. Fans can guarantee access to seats for both the game and Skills Challenge now by reserving a full or partial season ticket plan for the Blue Jackets’ 2012-13 season. Ticket plans start at less than $15 per game. In addition to guaranteed access to All-Star tickets, 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.