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With Leclaire injured, Blue Jackets call up goalie Mason

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled
goaltender Steve Mason from the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener
Rangers and left wing Joakim Lindstrom from Syracuse of the AHL on
Wednesday.

The club also reassigned defenseman Duvie Westcott to Syracuse
and signed left wing Jason Chimera to a four-year contract
extension through the 2011-12 season. Terms were not disclosed.

Mason will back up Fredrik Norrena in the absence of goaltender
Pascal Leclaire, who is expected to miss at least two games with a
bruised neck suffered during Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to
the Washington Capitals.

Mason, 19, has a record of 22-6-3 with a 2.79 goals-against
average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts in 31 OHL games.
In January, he was named the MVP at the 2008 World Junior
Championships after leading Canada to its fourth straight gold
medal. Mason was Columbus' second pick, and 69th overall, in the
2006 draft.

Lindstrom, 24, has appeared in 11 games with the Blue Jackets
this season, scoring two goals with four assists. A second-round
pick in 2002, he has three goals and four assists in 23 career NHL
games.

Westcott has experienced headaches throughout the season as a
result of a concussion suffered early in the year.