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Report: Jackets' Nash could return Friday

10/27/2005 - NHL Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets + more

Rick Nash Nash

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a lift, and they could get one soon.

Sources have told Canadian TV network Sportsnet that Rick Nash could return as early as Friday, when Columbus hosts the Minnesota Wild.

According to the report, Nash felt good after skating with the team Wednesday. If he does return Friday, he will be used sparingly.

Nash, the first overall pick in 2002, suffered a sprained ankle during a scrimmage on Sept. 14. He was out for the preseason, debuted for the season opener on Oct. 5, but was put on injured reserve after that game.

A finalist for the Calder Trophy after recording 17 goals and 22 assists during his rookie season of 2002-03, Nash had a superb sophomore campaign, winning a share of the Maurice Richard Trophy by scoring 41 tallies. The performance opened the eyes of GM Doug MacLean, who signed the 21-year-old to a five-year, $27 million contract in August.

Material from SportsTicker was used in this report.