The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without forward Rene Bourque for the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his back.
Columbus acquired Bourque from Anaheim in the deal which saw James Wisniewski go to the Ducks.
The 33-year-old had four goals and a minus-2 rating in eight games with Columbus.
Saturday’s news ends a whirlwind season for Bourque, who began the season with the Montreal Canadiens. Bourque was waived by the Habs and spent four games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs prior to being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Bryan Allen.
Bourque has one year remaining on his six-year, $20 million contract.
Olli Jokinen may not be the only player suiting up for his third team this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have added Rene Bourque on emergency recall from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.
The Jackets play host to the Colorado Avalanche tonight.
Columbus acquired Bourque, who started the season with the Montreal Canadiens, from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
The 33-year-old appeared in 30 games for the Ducks scoring two goals and six assists to go along with a minus-4 rating.
Bourque had two assists in 13 games with Montreal prior to being waived in November. He also dressed in four AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs scoring two goals and two assists.
The Ducks acquired Bourque in exchange for defenseman Bryan Allen on Nov. 20.
Columbus won its only other meeting against Colorado 4-3 on Jan. 4.
Hopefully Montreal fans kept the tags on their Bryan Allen jerseys.
The veteran defenseman, acquired on Nov. 20 from Anaheim in exchange for Rene Bourque, will be placed on waivers Monday afternoon, the club announced this morning.
Allen, 35, has only appeared in five games for Montreal since coming over from the Ducks, scoring one assist while averaging just 12:44 TOI per game. The writing on the wall may have come in his last game, all the way back on Dec. 3 — Allen played just 9:10 total, with only left winger Eric Tangradi playing less.
(With that said, part of acquiring Allen was to get Bourque’s contract — which had two years left at $3.3M per — off the books. So while Allen didn’t play much, he did serve a purpose.)
It’ll be interesting to see if any team takes a flier via waivers. Allen’s not cheap — carrying a $3.5M cap hit — but is in the final year of his deal and will be a UFA this summer.
What’s more, Allen played quite a bit for Anaheim last year during its playoff run, appearing in 14 games while averaging over 18 minutes a night. He could be a depth pickup for a team looking to stockpile bodies for the postseason.