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Blue Jackets put Jack Johnson on IR, call up Johansen

Feb 24, 2013, 11:18 AM EST

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Things just don’t get any easier for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The team placed workhorse defenseman Jack Johnson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury and called up forward Ryan Johansen from the AHL to take his place on the roster. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says his injury is to his right shoulder and he suffered it against the Blues last night.

When we say that Johnson has been a horse, we mean it as he’s logged huge minutes each night for the team. Three times this season Johnson has played more than 30 minutes in a game including back-to-back games of more than 34 minutes. Now he’ll take his one goal and seven assists and minus-10 plus-minus rating to the sidelines for at least a week.

Johnson joins Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov on the shelf and all three players have been important ones for them this season. Things don’t get any easier for Columbus as they’ll face the Blackhawks tonight in Chicago.

  1. agellings - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Definitely a tough road trip for the CBJ. Johnson is a stalwart and a pro’s pro in Columbus and he without a doubt has the respect of the Columbus faithful. His presence will be extremely noticeable.

    It will be interesting to see what kind of minutes Johansen gets and if this call-up is for the long term. The way the organization has stunted this kids growth is mind blowing. He needs to be centering on one of the top two lines logging major minutes for a team who in all likely hood is out of the playoff picture already.

  2. kcprof926 - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    The one thing you don’t want are young defenseman on the back end against the Blackhawks . Could get ugly but Hawks have been known to let down a bit against lesser opponents.

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