Author: James O'Brien

Carolina Hurricanes v Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus’ Tyutin on IR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks

It appears as if the Columbus Blue Jackets did indeed trade for Jordan Leopold in part because of injury issues: Fedor Tyutin is headed to injured reserve and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks, the Columbus Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell reports.

Tyutin appeared to hurt his left knee (officially a “lower-body injury”) in a collision with Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

(Video of the collision isn’t available at this time.)

The 31-year-old has two assists in 16 games so far in 2014-15. He’s seen a drop in ice time lately; after averaging more than 24 minutes per contest in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, he slipped to 21:25 last season and is averaging 20:18 per night so far this year.

Even with that reduced role in mind and a veteran like Leopold added to the mix, Columbus will likely miss Tyutin’s presence.

Mitchell reports that Matt Calvert will also go on IR retroactive to Nov. 7, clearing a sot for Artem Anisimov to make his return tonight.

Also, there’s this Ryan Murray update:

Trade: Blues send Leopold to Blue Jackets for fifth-rounder

Calgary Flames v St. Louis Blues

The Columbus Blue Jackets might be getting healthier, but they have enough bumps and bruises on their blueline that they needed to trade for some help. They did so on Saturday, grabbing veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold from the St. Louis Blues for a 2016 fifth-round pick.

Leopold, 34, has appeared in seven games this season, averaging just 13:04 minutes per night. He saw pretty limited action in St. Louis, yet the Blues’ deep defense probably accounts for some of that drop-off. He averaged as many as 23:20 minutes per game during his peak usage with the Buffalo Sabres in 2010-11 and has 659 NHL regular season games on his resume.

Leopold is in the final season of a deal that carries a $2.25 million cap hit. The Blues will retain a chunk of that salary to make the swap, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:

The Blues will recall Chris Butler and will still save some dough in the process:

With Fedor Tyutin out four-to-six weeks, this trade makes that much more sense for Columbus.

Goalie nods: Bob’s back

Columbus Blue Jackets' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, of Russia, is silhouetted as he stands in front of his net before an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

All the latest from the blue paint…

Finally some relief for Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets broke their nine-game slump last night. Now they get Sergei Bobrovsky back in net.

It’s not fair to pin their nine-game losing streak on Curtis McElhinney and Anton Forsberg alone – Bob was in net for the first two defeats in that skid – yet the Blue Jackets appear to be healing up. It’s an open question if they can dig themselves out of a month-sized hole, but Bobrovsky’s return seems like a sign of better things to come.

That said, Bobrovsky has some work to do himself. He’s just 4-4-0 with a .908 save percentage so far in 2014-15. For a guy turning down extension offers in a contract year, that’s not up to snuff.

The San Jose Sharks are likely to trot out Antti Niemi against Bobrovsky.

Elsewhere …

Hurricanes at Bruins: Cam Ward tries to continue his recent strong work for Carolina while Tuukka Rask attempts to turn things around for Boston.

Wild at Stars: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota and Kari Lehtonen expected for Dallas.

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Anersen seeks redemption for Anaheim against Jonathan Quick and Los Angeles.

Jets at Predators: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Pekka Rinne.

Maple Leafs at Sabres: James Reimer is expected for Toronto, Michal Neuvirth’s in for Buffalo.

Flyers at Canadiens: Ray Emery may get a rare start for Philly against Carey Price and Montreal.

Rangers at Penguins: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

Islanders at Lightning: Chad Johnson vs. Ben Bishop.

Avalanche at Devils: Semyon Varlamov’s in for Colorado, Cory Schneider expected for New Jersey.

Capitals at Blues: Justin Peters vs. Brian Elliott.

Senators at Flames: Craig Anderson vs. Karri Ramo.

Injuries sideline Hurricanes’ Semin, Harrison vs. Bruins

Carolina Hurricanes v Edmonton Oilers

The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing better as their general health has improved, but they’ll be missing some pieces against the Boston Bruins this afternoon. Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison can’t play against Boston, according to Michael Smith of the team website.

Semin, 30, is dealing with an upper-body injury. It’s been a rough season for the Russian winger, although he was showing signs of improvement with a recent three-game assist streak. He’s often been labeled “injury prone,” so there’s the concern that this could be an issue that lingers.

Harrison, 32, is averaging 18:08 minutes per game this season, up from 16:38 per contest in 2013-14. He has three points in 13 games in 2014-15.

One positive note: rising young forward Elias Lindholm will be able to play, according to Smith. There was some concern that the 19-year-old might miss today’s action with a foot issue.

Blue Jackets get Bobrovsky, Anisimov back tonight


Sure, they’re still enduring setbacks, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are getting some key players back tonight and could see more return soon. The team announced that top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and forward Artem Anisimov will play against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Head coach Todd Richards announced that Anisimov is expected to center a like with Alexander Wennberg and Adam Cracknell.

Columbus could crawl even closer to full strength (or at least “normal health for an NHL team enduring the rigors of an 82-game season”) on Tuesday. Richards said that Jack Skille and Matt Calvert at least have a chance to play then. Brandon Dubinsky remains day-to-day, so things seem at least a little brighter for the brittle Blue Jackets.

Fittingly, it’s not all solid-to-good news, as Fedor Tyutin won’t play tonight and his longer term status is still unclear:

Overall, Columbus still has a ways to go, but at least the Blue Jackets are starting to look healthier and put that mammoth losing streak behind them.