Blunden Returned to Springfield

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 21: Evander Kane #9 of the Atlanta Thrashers chases after Mike Blunden #12 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the preseason opener at Phillips Arena on September 21 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Blue Jackets have returned Mike Blunden to the Springfield Falcons, ending his emergency recall. Aside from his fairly unmemorable performance last night, in addition to contributing to the Avs' third goal, this likely indicates that the team expects Rick Nash and/or Derek MacKenzie to be back in the lineup for Wednesday, which isn't unexpected.

Despite the frustrations with Blunden last night, it's worth considering that he's been a point per game player in the AHL this year. Perhaps he can find some more success in Springfield after his return, and he may have a better performance the next time he's brought up to the main club.

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