COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Already eliminated from playoff
contention, the Columbus Blue Jackets will have to make due
without their leading goal scorer for perhaps the rest of the
The Blue Jackets announced Monday that right wing Nikolai Zherdev, who leads the club with 27 goals, will be sidelined
indefinitely with a sprained knee.
Zherdev, 21, who is second on the team with 54 points, suffered
the injury in Saturday's 5-2 triumph over Chicago.
The fourth overall pick of the 2003 draft, Zherdev has 40 goals
and 48 assists in 130 career games.
In a related move, the Blue Jackets recalled center Dan Fritsche from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Fritsche, 20, has
five goals and five assists in 70 career NHL games.