Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine out indefinitely as he enters NHL assistance program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine will not be with the team for the foreseeable future as he continues to recover from an injury.

The 25-year-old from Finland has entered the NHL and NHLPA’s player assistance program, making him unavailable to the club for an indefinite period of time. Laine will continue to receive care in the program more than a month after fracturing his clavicle in mid-December after a reported setback in his recovery process.

He will be cleared to return to the Blue Jackets once administrators of the program clear him to return to the ice.

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Laine last played for Columbus in a Dec. 14 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he sustained the injury. He has missed the last 17 games since the injury. “Patrik has our complete support, and our sole concern is his well-being,” said Blue Jackets General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen. “Out of respect for Patrik, we will have no further comment.”

Laine has scored six goals and provided three assists in 18 games this season. Columbus plays Sunday night at the Seattle Kraken in the team’s penultimate game before the NHL All-Star break. The Blue Jackets remain last in the Metropolitan Division with 40 points through 48 games.

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