Columbus Blue Jackets
General Manager Scott Howson announced on Monday that leading scorer and recent Western Conference All-Star selection Rick Nash
would be placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 6 with a lower-body injury.
Nash, who didn't skate with the team Monday morning and is listed as day-to-day, would be eligible to come off IR Wednesday. The 24-year-old left wing still has every intention of competing at NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal on Jan. 24-25.
Nash originally was injured in the first period of a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings
on Jan. 6. Nash, who entered the Wings game with 17 goals and 22 assists in 40 games, played nearly eight minutes before suffering his injury. He leads Columbus in game-winning goals (4) and average ice time among forwards (20:50).
The Columbus captain was on pace for a career high 80 points this season, but will miss Tuesday's home contest against the Colorado Avalanche
. The Blue Jackets host the New Jersey Devils
Friday when Nash would be eligible to return. The franchise's all-time leading scorer has registered 171 goals, 315 points and 418 penalty minutes in 403 career games.
The Blue Jackets recalled forward Derek MacKenzie
from the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, Monday. The 27-year-old MacKenzie has 8 goals and 10 assists in 23 games with Syracuse this season. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in 45 career NHL games with Columbus and Atlanta. He was Atlanta's sixth pick (No. 128l) in the 1999 Entry Draft before signing with the Blue Jackets as a free agent on July 11, 2007.