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Columbus Blue Jackets Activate Defenseman Rostislav Klesla, Forward Fredrik Modin Off Injured Reserve

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Rostislav Klesla and forward Fredrik Modin off injured reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced March 5. Both players are eligible to return to action tonight when the Jackets visit the Nashville Predators.

Klesla, who has collected one goal and five assists for six points with 23 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 23 games this season, has missed the past 10 games after being injured on February 10 vs. Colorado. Columbus' first pick, fourth overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft, he has registered 36-76-112 and 441 penalty minutes in 433 career games with the Blue Jackets. Modin has tallied 9-16-25, 28 penalty minutes and is +2 in 49 games this season. He was injured late in a 5-1 win at Carolina on Feb. 14 and has missed the past eight games. A 12-year veteran, he has collected 220-221-441 and 413 penalty minutes in 813 career games with the Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Blue Jackets and Predators face off in a key Central Division matchup tonight at the Sommet Center at 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7:30 p.m. The game also will be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM/Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM/CD101 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at and Season tickets for 2009-10 begin at $18 per game and are on sale now. For information on group tickets, 2009-10 season tickets and mini-plans, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

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