Blue Jackets Activate Patrik Laine, Assign David Jiricek to Cleveland

By Coby Maeir on November 11, 2023 at 10:17 am
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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Patrik Laine is back.

The Blue Jackets announced Saturday that they activated Laine off injured reserve and assigned defenseman David Jiricek to the AHL's Cleveland Monsters. 

Laine, who's posted 1-1--2 in four games this season, hasn't played since Oct. 20 when he suffered an upper-body injury from an illegal hit from Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson. Andersson received a four-game suspension for the hit. 

Jiricek, 19, played 10 games and recorded 1-2--3 while playing 13:34 a night. Because he played 10 games, he burned the first year off his entry-level contract

Laine returns ahead of the team's game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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