• Jackets' Bourque Misses Practice

    News: Rene Bourque was absent from Monday's practice, Rob Mixer of NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: It isn't clear what kind of ailment held Rene Bourque out of practice, but the team doesn't seem to be overly concerned about the 33-year-old veteran winger. It's quite possible Bourque was simply given a maintenance day, but his status is worth monitoring, as his 2014-15 season was cut short after he was forced to undergo back surgery in March.
  • Jackets' Bourque (Back) Out For Season

    News: Rene Bourque (back) will miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery on Saturday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: It's disappointing news for Rene Bourque, as he had really started to turn it on of late, scoring three goals and putting 12 shots on net in the last two games he played. The Blue Jackets, who aren't in the running for the playoffs, have opted to shut down the 33-year-old winger to avoid any risk of further injury. Bourque will finish the season with a total of six goals and eight assists.
  • Jackets' Bourque Won't Play Friday

    News: Rene Bourque (upper body) will not play Friday against the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: Rene Bourque was limited to skating on his own during Friday's morning skate, so he'll be forced to sit out his second straight game. The injury has come at an unfortunate time for Bourque, as he had potted three goals and put 12 shots on net in the last two games he played. He could be back in action for Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, but a top-line role might not necessarily be waiting for him.
  • Blue Jackets' Bourque Day-To-Day

    News: Rene Bourque (upper body) is expected to travel with the Blue Jackets on the team's upcoming two-game road trip.
    Analysis: That said, it remains unclear at this stage if Rene Bourque is considered a candidate to play either Friday in Chicago, Saturday in St. Louis, or even in both contests.
  • Blue Jackets' Bourque Day-To-Day

    News: Rene Bourque (upper body) will not play Tuesday against the Ducks.
    Analysis: Rene Bourque -- who has notched three goals in his last two games -- is considered day-to-day as Friday's game against Chicago approaches.
  • Jackets' Bourque Buries Old Team With Two Goals

    News: Rene Bourque buried his former team Saturday, potting a pair of goals -- including the game-winner in overtime -- in a 3-2 win over the Flames.
    Analysis: Rene Bourque stole the show at the Saddledome on Saturday afternoon, a place he called home for nearly four seasons. He now has four points -- all of which have been goals -- in eight games with Columbus, and 14 points overall in 51 contests this season.
  • Jackets' Bourque Gets Goal, Fires Off Eight Shots

    News: Rene Bourque bagged a goal on a team-high eight shot attempts during Thursday's win over the Canucks.
    Analysis: Since arriving from AHL Springfield on Mar. 7, Rene Bourque has suited up for all seven of the Blue Jackets' games. He only has two points to show for it, but he's at least been putting a decent number of shots on net, firing off 19 attempts during that span. Bourque skated on the top line next to Ryan Johansen on Thursday, and if that continues to hold over the next few games, that shot production may begin to translate into goals sooner or later.
  • Jackets Recall Bourque On Emergency Basis

    News: Rene Bourque was recalled from AHL Springfield on an emergency basis Saturday.
    Analysis: The Blue Jackets assigned Rene Bourque to the minors after acquiring him Monday in a deadline deal with the Ducks, but it won't take long for him to make his way to the parent club. His call-up likely signifies that at least one of the Blue Jackets' forwards got banged up in Friday's 3-2 win over the Devils. If that's indeed the case, look for Bourque to receive a look Saturday against the Avalanche.
  • Jackets' Bourque Will Report To AHL Springfield

    News: Rene Bourque, who was acquired by the Blue Jackets in Monday's trade that sent James Wisniewski to the Ducks, will report to AHL Springfield, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: There was some thought that Rene Bourque might get the opportunity to showcase himself with the Blue Jackets following his acquisition, but the parent club was apparently already satisfied with its current crop of forwards. It may take another injury to one of the Blue Jackets' wings in order for Bourque to receive the call to Columbus.
  • Columbus Acquires Bourque From Anaheim

    News: Rene Bourque was one of the pieces traded to the Blue Jackets on Monday in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Along with Bourque, the Blue Jackets will receive forward William Karlsson and a 2015 second-round pick, while the Ducks will acquire a 2015 third-round draft in addition to Wisniewski.
    Analysis: After going unclaimed off waivers hours earlier, Rene Bourque will find himself in a new destination after all. He's just a throw-in piece to Karlsson and the draft pick, the primary draws in the deal, but should have an opportunity to claim a regular role with his new club. The Blue Jackets are dealing with a number of injuries on the wing, creating an opening for Bourque to settle into a third- or fourth-line role.