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Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo moves closer to return

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Jan 30, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets activated goaltender Joonas Korpisalo from the injured/non-roster list on Saturday and loaned him to the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment.

Korpisalo, 28, has missed the first nine games of the season following hip surgery in March.

He is 76-67-21 with a 3.04 goals-against average, a .902 save percentage and three shutouts in 182 games since making his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2015-16.

Columbus also placed defenseman Nick Blankenburg on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, retroactive to Oct. 23.

Blankenburg, 24, is day-to-day with the injury sustained in last Sunday’s 5-1 win against the New York Rangers.

He has one goal and one assist in four games this season, bringing his two-year career totals to two goals and three assists in 11 games.

–Field Level Media