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Blue Jackets activate Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Foligno off injured reserve

To make room for both players, Sean Collins has been re-assigned to Springfield

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 6:49 PM / News
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Foligno off Injured Reserve and assigned forward Sean Collins to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Dubinsky, 26, who has missed the past six games due to a lower body injury, was acquired by Columbus in a trade with the New York Rangers last summer. He has tallied 1-8-9 in 19 games this season. The 6-1, 210-pound native of Anchorage, Alaska, has appeared in 412 career NHL games, recording 82-140-222 in addition to a plus/minus rating of +20. He was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Foligno, 25, has missed the past three games since suffering an upper body injury March 26 at Vancouver. Acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade with Ottawa last summer, Foligno has tallied 5-10-15 in 33 appearances with Columbus this season. Originally selected by the Senators in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Foligno has registered 66-97-163 in 384 career NHL games with the Senators and Blue Jackets. The 6-0, 210-pound native of Buffalo, New York has twice represented the United States at the IIHF World Championships, recording 3-2-5 in 15 appearances at the 2009 and 2010 editions of the tournament.

Collins, 24, has collected six penalty minutes in five games with Columbus this season. The 6-3, 201-pound center has also tallied 8-14-22 in 56 games with the Falcons in 2012-13, his first full season as a professional. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Collins registered 30-26-56 in 136 games with the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Cornell Big Red from 2008-12. Last season, he tallied a career-high 13-13-26 in 35 games before joining Springfield in late-March and collecting 1-4-5 in eight contests. He was selected by Columbus in the seventh round, 187th overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft.

Columbus returns to action Thursday when the club visits the Nashville Predators. Game time is 8 p.m. ET. The Blue Jackets’ next home game is Sunday vs. the Minnesota Wild. Game time is 6 p.m. Single game tickets for all Blue Jackets home games start at $26 and are on sale now at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000 or online at BlueJackets.com, the official club web site, and ticketmaster.com. For information about full and partial season tickets and group ticket opportunities, call (800) NHL‐COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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