The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Replacing the Columbus Chill of the ECHL, the Blue Jackets were founded as an expansion team in 2000. The team qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 2009.
The Blue Jackets' name and logos were inspired by Ohio's Civil War history. The Blue Jackets play their home games at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which opened in 2000. They are affiliated with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL and the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL....
Texier is recuperating from a lumbar stress fracture while on the injured reserve list. It is likely that he will be activated prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round versus the Maple Leafs.
Kukan has landed on injured reserve with a medial meniscus tear and articular cartilage injury in his left knee. He is projected to be activated prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round against the Maple Leafs.
Bjorkstrand is sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a sprain and hairline fracture of his ankle. It is up in the air if he will return in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round versus the Maple Leafs.