COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned goalie Jean-Francois Labbe and defenseman Deron Quint to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

Quint was scoreless in five games with the Blue Jackets after being recalled on Nov. 24.

Labbe was recalled to Columbus on Dec. 3 and dressed in the Blue Jackets' games Sunday at Chicago and Wednesday against Anaheim, but did not play. He replaced Ron Tugnutt, who was sidelined with a strained hip flexor and is expected to return to the lineup Friday against Boston.