Come on! Again? Jackets lose Letestu (groin) for 2-4 weeks


We’ve used this meme once already in discussing Columbus’ health — or, lack thereof — but it still feels like the best way to reflect how the organization probably feels right now.

Just hours after losing the services of Artem Anisimov and James Wisniewski — and having already lost the services of Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Matt Calvert and Sergei Bobrovsky — the Jackets learned they’d be without Mark Letestu for the next 2-4 weeks, due to a groin ailment.

So, the gory details:

— The Jackets are without three of their top five scorers (Dubinsky, Wisniewski, Anisimov) from last year.

— They’re without the first and only Vezina winner in franchise history (Bobrovsky).

— They’re without their No. 2, 3 and 4 centers (Dubinsky, Anisimov, Letestu)

And to put it another way, per the Columbus Dispatch:

The projected top 13 forwards, eight defenseman and two goaltenders would carry $59 million this season for the Blue Jackets. That’s salary, not salary cap.

By the end of Tuesday’s game, the Blue Jackets had $32 million worth of players out of the lineup.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Dispatch. “It’s a nightmare, but what are you going to do?”

Wisniewski joins ever growing list of injured Blue Jackets


The Columbus Blue Jackets’ three-game losing streak isn’t their biggest concern at this point. The talented group of players they have stuck in their sickbay is.

Defenseman James Wisniewski joined that group Tuesday as he broke his finger during Columbus’ 5-2 loss to Ottawa. That’s not even the Blue Jackets’ first finger injury this week as goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is dealing with the same ailment. Wisniewski will be out for a week or two.

That’s in addition to the loss of forward Artem Anisimov, who might have a head injury after a high hit from Ottawa’s Eric Gryba last night:

“Whether I’ve done something or someone’s done something to the hockey gods, I have never seen anything like this,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, per the team’s website. “It seems like every time we play a game, somebody’s getting hurt, or at least that’s what it feels like right now.”

Columbus is also missing Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner, Matt Calvert, Brandon Dubinsky, and Nick Foligno.

Columbus places Bobrovsky on IR, expects him to miss 1-2 weeks


The injuries just keep piling up for the Columbus Blue Jackets, yet this one present the team with its biggest test yet: Sergei Bobrovsky’s been placed on IR with a fractured finger.

There is a little light at the end of the tunnel, however: the team only expects him to miss a week or two with that injury.

“Fractured finger” sounds like something that would sideline a goalie for longer, but the team’s timeline seems like a reason for Blue Jackets fans (and players) to let out a sigh of relief. Curtis McElhinney will start in tonight’s home game against the Ottawa Senators while the Blue Jackets recalled Anton Forsberg to back him up.

Bobrovsky, 26, is in a contract year. He’s 4-4-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .908 save percentage so far in 2014-15. As you may tell, he’s been the Blue Jackets’ lone starter so far this season.

Here’s a quick look at the Blue Jackets’ ridiculous list of injuries:

Nathan Horton (back, out indefinitely)
Boone Jenner (hand, expected back in a few weeks/a month)
Brandon Dubinsky (abdomen, out about one month)
Cam Aktinson (nearly took a skate to the eye, day-to-day)
Nick Foligno (upper body, day-to-day)
Matt Calvert (upper body, day-to-day)

According to this Monday update from the Blue Jackets, Calvert is also on injured reserve. Considering Foligno’s scary scene, this bit is mostly promising:

“My spinal cord looks good and there are no fractures. Now it’s just making sure that the stiffness goes away and that’s the worst part right now,” said Foligno. Foligno was having some difficulty turning his head, but said the training staff worked on him that morning and it did feel better after treatment. Foligno would not rule himself out for tomorrow night.

Foligno may have been overly ambitious with that comment, though:

Ailing Jackets put Calvert (upper body) on IR


The Columbus Blue Jackets lost the services of yet another forward on Monday, announcing that winger Matt Calvert had been placed on injured reserve with an upper-body ailment.

Calvert, 24, was placed on IR retroactively to Oct. 24 and is expected to miss at least one week; in his place, rookie Alex Wenneberg was called up from AHL Springfield.

The injury is, as mentioned above, just the latest to hit Columbus. The team is already without the services of Nathan Horton (back) and Boone Jenner (broken hand); the club also lost forward Nick Foligno on Sunday after a scary collision against L.A., one that saw him get stretchered off with a neck injury.

Another Blue Jackets forward, Cam Atkinson, narrowly avoided a catastrophic injury over the weekend after taking Ryan Kesler’s skate to the face against Anaheim.

Update: As savvy commenter Vez79 pointed out below, the Jackets are also currently without Brandon Dubinsky, who is on IR following abdominal surgery earlier this month.

Veteran d-man Rome signs with Ducks’ AHL affiliate


After failing to latch on in Detroit on a professional tryout, Aaron Rome is trying his hand at the AHL level.

On Wednesday, the Norfolk Admirals — AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks — announced they’ve signed Rome to a PTO. The 31-year-old joins the organization he originally broke into the NHL with; Rome made his big-league debut in Anaheim during the 2006-07 season, then went on to appear in over 200 more contests with the Blue Jackets, Canucks and Stars.

A physical, stay-at-home defenseman, Rome’s best years came with Vancouver from 2010-12, though he’ll be forever tied to this infamous hit on Nathan Horton during the ’11 Stanley Cup Final:

That hit netted Rome a four-game suspension — the longest in Cup Final history — though he did return the following year to score a career-high four goals and 10 points in 43 games for the Canucks.

Following his time in Vancouver, Rome inked a three-year, $4.5 million deal with Dallas but was bought out this past summer, then landed in Detroit during training camp and part of the exhibition campaign.