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McElhinney suffers knee injury, Korpisalo recalled

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

No sooner had Joonas Korpisalo finish Friday night's game at Quicken Loans Arena than he was packing his bag once again.

The 21-year-old goaltender was summoned to Columbus early Saturday on emergency recall, his first stint back with the Blue Jackets since being assigned 10 days ago. The "emergency condition" is an injury to Curtis McElhinney suffered in practice, one that is expected to keep him out of action for some time.

John Tortorella said Saturday morning that McElhinney's injury is to his knee. More information regarding his status and prognosis could come later in the day.

UPDATE: The Blue Jackets announced Saturday afternoon that McElhinney will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday. He's out the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

With a back-to-back on the horizon this weekend and a busy stretch of games ahead - the Blue Jackets' only break of longer than a day is in two weeks, when they have two days between road games in Washington and Brooklyn, respectively.

It could mean Korpisalo will see action in the days and weeks ahead, but Tortorella is committed to taking the goaltending decision one game at a time, in large part because he's trying to get Sergei Bobrovsky back in a rhythm.

"We certainly want Bob to get the work, but we're certainly worried about keeping Korpi developing correctly," Tortorella said. "(The McElhinney injury) just happened yesterday. I think we'll be able to handle it the right way; the biggest thing for Korpi is to get a long playoff run in the American League. It's such a great training ground for all people, and he's going to be a big part of that."

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