Posted: Wed February 26, 2014 4:19PM; Updated: Wed February 26, 2014 4:17PM

Blue Jackets activate right winger Gaborik off IR

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Marian Gaborik has not played since breaking his collarbone in Dec. 21, which forced him to miss the Olympics.
Marian Gaborik hasn't played for the Blue Jackets since breaking his collarbone on Dec. 21.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik off injured reserve after he missed the past 22 games, along with the Sochi Olympics, because of a broken collarbone.

The Blue Jackets play Thursday night at New Jersey in their first game after the NHL's Olympic hiatus.

A native of Trencin, Slovakia, Gaborik has represented his country at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics but was unable to play in Sochi because of his injury.

Gaborik was hurt in a 6-3 home win over Philadelphia on Dec. 21. He has five goals and seven assists in 18 games with Columbus this season.

He has scored 40 or more goals in a season three times.

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