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.
#CBJ announced that Patrik Laine will not play today and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he suffered from this hit he took from Rasmus Andersson in Fridays 3-1 win over Calgary. Andersson will have a hearing with @NHLPlayerSafety today. pic.twitter.com/138d9LsHry— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) October 21, 2023
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.