Blue Jackets Activate Defenseman Zach Werenski Off Injured Reserve, Send David Jiricek to AHL Cleveland

By Coby Maeir on January 25, 2024 at 1:51 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (8) follows though on a shot against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Blue Jackets activated defenseman Zach Werenski off injured reserve and assigned defenseman David Jiricek to the AHL.

Werenski has missed the team's last 10 games after suffering an ankle injury on Dec. 27 against the Devils. In 34 games this season, he leads the team with 24 assists and is tied for second among Blue Jackets with 25 points. According to's Jeff Svoboda, Werenski will take Andrew Peeke's spot in the lineup and Daniil Tarasov will start in goal.

Jiricek, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2022 Draft, hasn't played in the NHL since Jan. 9 and played two games for the Cleveland Monsters on Friday and Saturday, posting three assists. In 36 NHL games this season, Jiricek has recorded 1-8--9. The Monsters face the Hartford Wolfpack in a two-game set on Friday and Saturday in Cleveland. 

The Blue Jackets play the second game of their five-game road trip Thursday at 9 p.m. ET against the Calgary Flames on Bally Sports Ohio.

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