Blue Jackets Place Elvis Merzlikins, Cole Sillinger, and Adam Boqvist on IR

By Coby Maeir on December 6, 2023 at 5:40 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins (90) makes a pad save against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Blue Jackets announced several roster moves on Wednesday evening, placing Cole Sillinger (upper-body), Adam Boqvist (shoulder strain), and Elvis Merzlikins (illness) on injured reserve. 

Sillinger is on IR retroactive to Nov. 26 and remains day-to-day, Boqvist is on IR retroactive to Dec. 5 and is expected to miss four weeks, and Merzlikins is on IR retroactive to Dec. 5 and is expected to miss a week.

These are three big losses as Boqvist and Zach Werenski were playing well on the top pair, Merzlikins has posted a .918SV% in his last 10 games, and Sillinger had been playing well on a line with Dmitri Voronkov and Yegor Chinakhov.

In a corresponding move, the club recalled Emil Bemstrom, Nick Blankenburg, and Jet Greaves, with the latter two being on emergency recalls.

In 8 games with the Monsters this season, Bemstrom has posted 10-4--14 after scoring 3-1--4 in 12 NHL games. Blankenburg has recorded 3-8--11 in 18 games with Cleveland and has posted 5-12--17 in 43 career NHL games. In net, Greaves has recorded a 9-3-0 record in 12 games in addition to an .899 SV% and 3.09 GAA. 

Additionally, the club altered Daniil Tarasov's LTIR conditioning assignment with Cleveland to a regular assignment.

The Blue Jackets take on the Islanders in New York at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday on Bally Sports Ohio.

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