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Jackets send Commodore down @NHL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets sent unhappy defenseman Mike Commodore to their top minor-league team Sunday while trying to unload him and his big salary.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson announced that Commodore had been sent to Springfield of the American Hockey League and that defenseman Grant Clitsome was called up to take the veteran's place.

Commodore asked the club last week to be traded and Howson said he will try to comply.

The 31-year-old Commodore has two goals and four assists in 22 games with the Blue Jackets. His cap hit is $3.75 million, limiting the number of interested teams.

Clitsome has five goals and 10 assists in 32 games for Springfield this season.

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