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CBJ activate Umberger from IR for tonight’s game at Nashville; recall Byers from AHL’s Falcons

Press release courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets


COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing R.J. Umberger off injured reserve and recalled left wing Dane Byers from the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced Monday morning.

R. J. Umberger (file photo)

Umberger, 29, has missed the last five games due to an upper body injury suffered at Anaheim on January 8. He has registered seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points and 12 penalty minutes 42 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks fourth on the club in goals and points. He had his franchise record for consecutive games played streak come to an end at 288 games when he missed the game against Phoenix on January 13. In 516 career NHL games, he has tallied 130-162-292 and 221 penalty minutes with Columbus and Philadelphia.

Byers, 25, is scoreless with 24 penalty minutes and has an even plus/minus rating in five games with Columbus this season. He has registered 8-13-21 and has 71 penalty minutes in 31 games with Springfield this season and ranks second on the Falcons in power play goals (five) and penalty minutes. He has 92-129-221 and 753 penalty minutes in 355 career AHL games. He has appeared in 11 career NHL games, including six with the New York Rangers, and has 1-0-1 and 55 penalty minutes.

Sharks beat Blue Jackets; team showing improved play under Richards


Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks photo)


49 235 Ryane Clowe San Jose LW On Brad Winchester protecting teammate Desjardins

49 246 Todd McLellan San Jose coach His thoughts on the hit on Desjardins


49 252 Todd Richards CBJ coach The PK looks 100 percent better under him than under Arniel

49 253 Todd Richards CBJ coach Second time in a week played SJ to 1 goal game; what can he take from this game

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Eventhough the Columbus Blue Jackets have played three games under interim head coach Todd Richards, there is obvious improvement in their play.

The team is passing the puck better, they seem to have more hustle in their game, the power-play and penalty-kill look rejuvenated and Rick Nash, the team’s star, is on a hot streak of four goals in four games, three with Richards on the bench.

They did lose Saturday night’s contest to the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide Arena, 2-1, but the team is playing better.

Patrick Marleau, who has been a Jackets-killer for years, scored off a rebound shot with 2:57 to play that game the Sharks the game-winner. The Sharks now have a point streak of eight games in a row, are 6-0-1 in 2012 and 6-0-2 in their past eight games.

The postgame talk in the San Jose dressing room was centered on a hard shoulder-to-the-head hit on the Sharks’ Andrew Desjardins three minutes into the second period by the Columbus’ Dane Byers. A woozy Desjardins had to be helped to the dressing room by medical personnel. Brad Winchester, San Jose’s enforcer, did not like what he saw and jumped to his teammate’s defense and fought Byers, who was given a match penalty.

Desjardins did not return to the game, but later in dressing room, he told the media that he felt better.

Ryan Clowe scored the other Sharks goal and Thomas Greiss, the goaltender, garnered 25 saves to defeat Columbus for the second time in his only starts since December 3. He beat Columbus on the West Coast on January 5.



Blue Jackets recent moves also strengthen minor-league affiliate


(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

The Columbus Blue Jackets off-season moves are to strengthen the NHL team but also their minor-league affiliate as well.

Their AHL team, the Springfield Falcons, finished at 35-40-2-3 last season, 12th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League.

The Springfield management want the team to be more competitive. They will hire a coach to tutor the defenseman, which is very much needed.

The signings of forwards Dane Byers, Martin St. Pierre and Cody Bass will help the Falcons.

The 25-year-old Byers scored 15 goals and 31 assists in 75 games with three teams.

St. Pierre, who turns 28 in August, played last season in Austria, Russia and Finland. He has played well in the AHL, scoring 405 points in 367 career games.

Bass, who is 24, scored six goals with nine assists in 58 games for Binghamton in the AHL last season.

The team has also signed AHL MVP Alexandre Giroux, a winger, along with defenseman Aaron Johnson, forward Ryan Russell and goaltender Curtis Sanford.


compiled from staff, Columbus Blue Jackets & Springfield Falcons



Blue Jackets acquire Upshall, Lepisto; deal Klesla to Phoenix

Scottie Upshaw (file photo)

Sami Lepisto (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Scottie Upshaw and defenseman Sami Lepisto from the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Rostislav Klesla and forward Dane Byers.

The Jackets say goodbye to the last of their original players in Klesla, who was their first draft pick, fourth overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft. He registered 41-92-133 and 508 penalty minutes in 515 career games, which ranks as the third-most appearances in club history. He has earned 3 goals, 7 assists and 10 points in 45 games this season.

Byers, who was acquired from the New York Rangers in November, has collected 12-22-34 in 64 AHL games with Springfield and Connecticut this season.

The 27-year-old Upshaw has registered 80 goals and 85 assists for 165 points and +36 plus/minus rating in 340 career NHL games with Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix. He has garnered 16-11-27 and is +5 in 61 games with the Coyotes this season. Upshall is from Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Lepisto, a 26-year-old native of Espoo, Finland, has registered 5-22-27 and a is +17 in 131 career NHL games with Washington and Phoenix. This season with the Coyotes, he has collected  a career-high 4-7-11 and is +7 in 51 games.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news