Columbus remained active on the transaction front Monday, making a flurry of roster and injured reserve moves.
The most notable ones are that sophomore Boone Jenner has come off IR after breaking his hand on Sept. 27, while forward Artem Anisimov is now on (retroactively) following a concussion suffered on Oct. 28.
In other moves, d-man Cody Goloubef is also on IR — projected to be out six weeks with a knee injury — leading to Frederic St. Denis’ call-up from AHL Springfield.
Given how crazy Columbus has been with injuries lately, here’s a look at the overall picture:
— At forward, Jenner and Matt Calvert are both expected to return from injury on Tuesday against Carolina. Anisimov, Nathan Horton, Brandon Dubinsky and Mark Letestu are still out.
— On defense, Goloubef joins James Wisniewski on the shelf. St. Denis could go right into the top-six alongside Jack Johnson, Fedor Tyutin, Ryan Murray, Tim Erixon and David Savard.
— In goal, Sergei Bobrovsky is still out and Curtis McElhinney will get the start versus the ‘Canes.
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?”
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.